12 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

TITLE TIME

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Sullyhogs1 ,

Majestic in every way.

One of the greatest soundtracks for a film. I’ve had it for years, and I’m never letting go. This soundtrack showcases what’s so epic and beautiful about The Lion King, and why most films pale in comparison. In terms of Han’s Zimmer’s score, which is somewhat represented on this album with the tracks “This Land”, “...To Die For”, and “King of Pride Rock”, the music is completely breathtaking and intensely euphoric. For me, the score for this film can only be bested by John Williams’ 1977 score for Star Wars, which is literally perfect. As for the musical tracks on this album, the music and lyrics by Sirs Elton John and Tim Rice in songs like “Circle of Life” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” are just as majestic as the score, while some tracks like “Hakuna Matata” and “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” are more upbeat and loose than the more serious tone of the others. Then there’s “Be Prepared”, which kind of sticks out like a sore thumb on the album with its dark tone and maniacal themes, but still manages to find a place amongst the other tracks. The rest of the songs on the album are covers of “Circle of Life”, “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”, and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” by Sir Elton John. The best out of all three of these is the last one by far, and is my personal favorite song on the album. Overall, this album is just amazing in every way, and I’d encourage every fan of the film to check it out.

Ryi1988 ,

The best Lion King soundtrack

This is the best one. The 2nd movie Simba’s Pride is not great. The music is alright but the movie is better. This one is different. Great classic movie with a great soundtrack. Definitely worth it if you are a fan of The Lion King like me.