Every song ever featured in a Disney animated film falls into one of 18 categories. That’s according to Justin McElroy, a reporter for CBC Vancouver, who made the playful claim on Twitter — and backed it up with a detailed breakdown of said categories, complete with video montages. He makes a good point.
me: in the history of disney animated movies there have been exactly 18 types of songs, and i'm going to tell you about each of them
— Justin McElroy (@j_mcelroy) May 18, 2020
McElroy gives each category a name and a few essential characteristics. Examples include I’m The Villain (think Ursula’s “Poor Unfortunate Souls” in The Little Mermaid), We Should Bone (“Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King), and It’s Nature Time (Bambi’s “Little April Shower”). The whole breadth of the Disney catalogue is covered, from towering classics like Aladdin to lesser-known works like Fun and Fancy Free.