Disney’s feline fantasy was also the first collaboration between Tim Rice and Elton John. Combining African influences with Rice’s plainspoken yet poetic lyrics, the pair’s songs work just as well without visuals, whether sung by the cast—including an amazing Nathan Lane, who takes lead on “Hakuna Matata”—or John himself. (The cast recording of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" is a particularly buoyant take on the Oscar-winning hit.) Portions of Hans Zimmer’s sweeping score round out the album with appropriately cinematic flair.
Circle of Life
Carmen Twillie & Lebo M
I Just Can't Wait to Be King
Jason Weaver, Rowan Atkinson & Laura Williams
Jeremy Irons, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin & Jim Cummings
Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Jason Weaver & Joseph Williams