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12 Playlists Fit For a Princess to Listen to Now

Like many of you awesome Disney Fanatics, I know the words of all the Disney Princess songs you could think of and have sung them a thousand times. I’ve wholeheartedly whistled while I worked at school, posed at the edge of a poolside wishing I was part of Ariel’s world, imagined painting with the “Colors of the Wind” with Pocahontas, and sang hopefully alongside Tiana every time I felt I was on my way and “Almost There.”

Disney‘s Princess songs can and have carried me through every age and mood just like they did for the characters themselves, and I know I’m not the only one. Luckily for me, and all the other princesses out there, Walt Disney Records’ official account on Spotify has published these 12 Disney Princess playlists inspired by the stories of each heroine.

1. “Sing With Friends”

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Inspired by Snow White (Disney’s Snow White,  1938)

Playlist Highlight: “Whistle (While You Work It)” by Katy Tiz

My day one rule
Is keeping my cool
Even if I’m broken up
If you blow my high
You won’t see me cry
Gotta whistle while you work it
That’s why you gotta
Never let them see you down, see you down
Whoa o whoa, yeah
Gotta smile while you’re hurting
And whistle while you work it.
This song by British pop singer Katy Tiz is a modern spin on Snow White’s “Whistle While You Work,” taking the classic sentiment of whistling through the daily tasks of life without a care and expanding it as a method to get through the more challenging times in life. It is as fun as it is catchy and has a very good chance of getting stuck in your head after one listen.

2. “Never Give Up”

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Inspired by Cinderella (Disney’s Cinderella, 1950)

Playlist Highlight: “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,
May you never take one single breath for granted,
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed,
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.
I hope you dance…
This classic song from country singer Lee Ann Womack was a number one hit on the Billboard country charts in 2000 and endures as a beloved standard for many to this day. Often played at family events, or special events for a friend, the song’s lyrics describe in detail the many joys of life and how one must pay attention to them before they pass by. One cannot help but think of the Fairy Godmother comforting Cinderella in the garden when she feels she has lost all her faith, sending her off to the ball saying, “I Hope You Dance.”

3. “Keep Dreaming”

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Inspired by Aurora (Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, 1959)

Playlist Highlight: “Somewhere Only We Know” by Lily Allen

I came across a fallen tree
I felt the branches of it looking at me
Is this the place we used to love?
Is this the place that I’ve been dreaming of?
Oh simple thing, where have you gone?
I’m getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you’re gonna let me in
I’m getting tired and I need somewhere to begin
And if you have a minute, why don’t we go
Talk about it somewhere only we know?
This could be the end of everything
So why don’t we go somewhere only we know?
This song was originally released by the band Keane in 2004 but was covered by Lily Allen and released as a single about ten years later. Allen’s soft voice and lullaby-like interpretation of the song take the original lyrics about a special place of one’s own into an even more dreamy state, a state in which we are allowed to become visitors. And the image of Aurora walking barefoot through the forest looking for someone she met “Once Upon a Dream” immediately comes to mind as the song plays.

4. “Making Waves”

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Inspired by Ariel (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, 1989)

Playlist Highlight: “Wake Me Up” by Avicii

Feeling my way through the darkness
Guided by a beating heart
I can’t tell where the journey will end
But I know where to start
They tell me I’m too young to understand
They say I’m caught up in a dream
Well life will pass me by if I don’t open up my eyes
Well that’s fine by me
So wake me up when it’s all over
When I’m wiser and I’m older
All this time I was finding myself, and I
Didn’t know I was lost.
This 2013 Avicii EDM hit finished in the top 20 of the Yearly Billboard Hot 100 chart. Though the song was a dance hit, the lyrics encapsulate the sadness of being young and feeling lost. This is the perfect companion for Ariel’s journey, guided by her heart, told she was too young to experience or understand the true dangers of the world, and yet she persisted in her dream of being with her prince. When she is tricked by Ursula, taken advantage of in her vulnerability, she realizes that all the time she was trying to find herself, she didn’t know she was lost. But, as we know, her story is not over.

5. “See The Beauty Inside”

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Inspired by Belle (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, 1991)

Playlist Highlight: “Poison & Wine” by The Civil Wars

I wish you’d hold me when I turn my back
The less I give the more I get back
Ooh, your hands can heal, your hands can bruise
I don’t have a choice, but I still choose you
Oh, I don’t love you, but I always will…
I don’t love you, but I always will…
This hauntingly beautiful duet from the Civil Wars is the perfect song about conflicted love. More than that, the melancholy melody and hauntingly beautiful lyrics beg us to listen closer and find the beauty in the tragedy. “Poison & Wine” places us in the middle of Belle and The Beast’s love story. Belle is taken prisoner by The Beast but can’t help feel sorry for him at the same time, feeling fear as well as sympathy. The Beast knows Belle is the only one who can break the curse but doesn’t feel as if he is deserving of her love. The more he wants her, the more he wants to push her away.

6. “Find The Adventure”

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Inspired by Jasmine (Disney’s Aladdin, 1992)

Playlist Highlight: “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande

Don’t need permission
Made my decision to test my limits
‘Cause it’s my business
God as my witness
Start what I finished
Don’t need no hold up
Taking control of this kind of moment
I’m locked and loaded
Completely focused my mind is open…
Somethin’ ’bout you
Makes me feel like a dangerous woman…
Somethin’ ’bout you
Makes me wanna do things that I shouldn’t…
Jasmine and Aladdin are a couple absolutely simmering to the brim with chemistry. So it is fitting that Ariana Grande’s sultry ballad “Dangerous Woman” should be featured as a part of their story. From their first meeting, Aladdin has Jasmine wishing she could live dangerously. She takes a risk when asked by a common street rat, “Do you trust me?” This, of course culminates in the magic carpet ride that introduces her to “A Whole New World.”

7. “Live in Harmony”

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Inspired by Pocahontas (Disney’s Pocahontas, 1995)

Playlist Highlight: “Touch the Sky” by Hillsong United

What fortune lies beyond the stars?
Those dazzling heights too vast to climb
I got so high to fall so far
But I found Heaven as love swept low
My heart beating
My soul breathing
I found my life
When I laid it down
Upward falling
Spirit soaring
I touch the sky
When my knees hit the ground…
Pocahontas is perhaps the most spiritual princess, deeply connected with the forces of nature around her. The inclusion of a worship song from Hillsong United is therefore a fitting addition. And the lyrics themselves describe Pocahontas’ fateful decision to lay down her life for the one she loved, falling on her knees to stand against the path of hatred.

8. “Warrior Workout”

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Inspired by Mulan (Disney’s Mulan, 1998)

Playlist Highlight: “Rise” by Katy Perry

I won’t just survive
Oh, you will see me thrive
Can’t write my story
I’m beyond the archetype
I won’t just conform
No matter how you shake my core
‘Cause my roots, they run deep, oh
Oh, ye of so little faith
Don’t doubt it, don’t doubt it
Victory is in my veins
I know it, I know it
And I will not negotiate
I’ll fight it, I’ll fight it
I will transform
This Katy Perry song, written in conjunction with the 2016 Olympics, is all about overcoming one’s own limits. Not just physical limits, but mental as well. Mulan is a princess who not only trains as a soldier to do more than she ever thought she could, but she breaks the conventions of her time and rewrites her story by doing so. She is transformed.

9. “Make It Happen”

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Inspired by Tiana (Disney’s The Princess and The Frog, 2009)

Playlist Highlight: “Run The World (Girls)” by Beyonce

I work my nine to five, better cut my check
This goes out to all the women getting it in, you on your grind
To all the men that respect what I do, please accept my shine
Boy, you know you love it
How we smart enough to make these millions
Strong enough to bear the children (children)
Then get back to business
See, you better not play me (me)
Oh, come here, baby
Hope you still like me
F you, pay me

Who run the world? Girls. More specifically, Tiana. She goes from a waitress working 2 jobs to scrape every penny together for her own restaurant, to the Princess of “Tiana’s Palace” New Orleans’ biggest and most successful spot for food and music. A fairy tale ending is achieved through love as well as hard work. For that, she demands and earns, our respect.

10. “Jump Into Adventures”

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Inspired by Rapunzel (Disney’s Tangled, 2010)

Playlist Highlight: “More of Me” by Natasha Bedingfield

Then somehow you brought out a strength that was deep down
Let it out
Now I got my eyes open and wide
My heart burnin’ like fire
Feels like I’m so alive
I’m never going back
Whatever I want now, I’m gonna chase
Who I am I can’t contain it
I’m not gonna hold it in
‘Cause there’s more of me to give
There’s more of me to give.

“More of Me to Give” is an underrated gem by Natasha Bedingfield released for the series Tangled: Before Ever After. The song is not just a perfect partner to Rapunzel’s series, but to her personality. The tune is bright, seemingly exuding sunshine as it plays. And the lyrics speak to the “all” Rapunzel brings to all she does, and her desire to do more once she has. There is more of her to give, and she will.

11. “Be Brave”

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Inspired by Merida (Disney Pixar’s Brave, 2012)

Playlist Highlight: “Babel” by Mumford & Sons

So come down from your mountain and stand where we’ve been
You know our breath is weak and our body thin
Press my nose up, to the glass around your heart
I should’ve known I was weaker from the start
You’ll build your walls and I will play my bloody part
To tear, tear them down
Well I’m gonna tear, tear them down
‘Cause I know my weakness, know my voice
And I’ll believe in grace and choice
And I know perhaps my heart is farce
But I’ll be born without a mask.
This song by British folk-rock band Mumford & Sons references the biblical Tower of Babel, the origin story for the multiplicity of language and fundamental human misunderstanding. Though Merida is able to climb the highest mountains, she is unable to communicate in an effective way with her own mother. The fall of the tower of Babel scattered man, but the fall of the walls Merida and her mother built between one another brings them back together.

12. “Know Who You Are”

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Inspired by Moana (Disney’s Moana, 2016)

Playlist Highlight: “Burn” by Ellie Goulding

When the lights started out, they don’t know what they heard
Strike the match, play it loud, giving love to the world
We’ll be raising our hands, shining up to the sky
‘Cause we got the fire, fire, fire
Yeah, we got the fire, fire, fire
And we gonna let it burn, burn, burn, burn…
Fire is essential in the story of Moana, from the torches that light her way to the ancestral cave and the boats of the “wayfinders,” to the fires of Te Ka that are quelled upon restoring the heart of Te Fiti. There is a light that calls to Moana from across the sea, a light from her grandmother’s spirit that guides her, and there is- perhaps the brightest- the light from the fire inside her. “Burn” seems to encapsulate all of these flames in one song.
What was your favorite Disney Princess playlist? Were there any songs’ inclusion that surprised you? Were there any songs you felt were missing? And what other Disney heroines deserve a signature soundtrack?

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