In 2013, Frozen took the world by storm, grabbing the young and the old, and everyone in-between. People had Frozen fever for years, and it’s safe to say that the music, composed by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez was a big part of it. From “Let it Go” to “Love Is An Open Door”, Frozen has some magical music. But the question is, what are the best songs in Frozen, and how would you rank them? How would your list of the 5 best Frozen songs look like?
Whether you agree or disagree, I hope you enjoy taking a trip down memory lane, listening to some fantastic Frozen songs. Enjoy the list!
PS. This list is based on the first Frozen movie, and not its sequel.
5. Frozen Heart
Frozen Heart is a song performed by the cast. It’s like a choir singing a hearty song about working from morning to night, all for some much-needed ice! Therefore, it sets the stage beautifully, showcasing the musical aspect of Frozen, while introducing 2 key characters; Kristoff and Sven.
At face value, Frozen Heart is about what the land, specifically the mountain, can give to the people. Why it’s worth fighting for, and how a positive outlook on even the coldest things can be heartwearming. However, if you dig deeper, it’s obviously a song about Elsa’s powers, and the cold exterior she has around herself. Just as the workers break the ice, Elsa’s story is about melting the frozen heart that she has grown. But her parents didn’t help the matter. If anything, hiding her away and shutting her off from the outside world just made her colder.
Whether you like the song or not, there’s no denying that it’s a great opener to Frozen. Thus, I’m more than happy to give Frozen Heart the 5th spot on my list.
4. Love Is an Open Door
Love Is An Open Door is performed by Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana, and they deliver it with beauty and warmth! While their vocals wont drop anyone’s jaw, they do an admirable job with this catchy song.
The “open door” metaphor is rather interesting, as it refers to opening yourself up to people and the world. Not only to experience new things, but to find yourself. While it seems great at first glance, an “open door” isn’t always a positive. Anna herself learned that the hard way, when she fell in “love” with Hans. While she saw their relationship as something good, Hans saw Anna as a stepping stone for greater things. Therefore, the “open door” can be dangerous. It’s like a double-edged sword, giving way to freedom, but also positive and negative experiences; all at once.
This song is undoubtedly the cheesiest and most cringey song from the soundtrack, but it’s also arguably one of the catchiest. But it’s not nearly as good as it could’ve been; only if the “love” they were referring to was as real to Hans as it was to Anna. Then, the song would’ve possibly climbed higher on my list!
3. Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
Do You Want to Build a Snowman? is performed by Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn and Katie Lopez (the daughter of the composers, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez).
Do You Want to Build a Snowman? Well, how can you not? Considering the crazy success of the song, I’m sure plenty of parents found themselves building a snowman with their kids, all because of this heartwarmingly annoying song! While taste is subjective, the impact that this song has had is undeniable, be it as simple and straight-forward as it may be!
The entire song is about Anna trying to find clever ways to lure Elsa out of her room, so that they can spend time together; and she desperately wants to build a snowman. However, it’s not that simple, is it? Anna’s memory was wiped, so she doesn’t have any knowledge about Elsa’s ice powers. So, she doesn’t understand why Elsa is hiding in her room. Therefore, this song is about the longing to spend time with someone. You see, it’s actually not about Anna wanting to build a snowman, but wanting to spend time with her sister, doing anything. Anything at all. Thus, there’s a sense of childish happiness in the first half of the song, and mature sadness in the second half. It’s simply a beautiful way to show their longing to spend time with each other.
2. For the First Time In Forever
For the First Time In Forever is arguably the best Frozen song. I mean, you could make a case that this song should take the top spot, and I wouldn’t even argue with you! What’s there to discuss? For the First Time In Forever is well-written, with a catchy chorus and well-delivered vocals. It’s beautifully set-up and the song builds more character the longer it goes. Thus, it’s one of the best Frozen songs.
What makes this song particularly special is how Anna and Elsa perform this song, and how both of them deliver identical lines with completely different meanings. The song sounds joyous and triumphant when Anna is singing, but it sounds sorrowful and sad when Elsa is singing. It’s to show two sides of the same coin; how some words can mean one thing to one person, and mean something completely different to another. Therefore, it’s all about perspective, and the lyricism is the key to showing it. But it’s better if you truly listen to the lyrics yourself, to see what I mean.
1. Let It Go
When it comes to the best Frozen songs, Let It Go is the cream of the crop! It’s lyrically good, beautifully composed and wonderfully delivered by Idina Menzel. But what makes Let It Go stand out is the message, that is driven home by a powerful esacalating chorus that will send shivers down your spine. And thus, it’s a song that hits the nail on the head in more ways than one, making it the best Frozen song!
So what’s this song about? It’s about the struggles of being and finding yourself, while also tackling the subjects of self-confidence and self-esteem. It also brings up fear of ridicule and fear of trying new things. But above it all, it’s about letting things go that have happened and the things that bring you down, in order to move forward. Simply put, it’s a song about being yourself, be it as challenging as it may!
It’s an empowering song, telling children, as well as adults, to let go of the fears holding you back, as they often times are not your own. We are so controlled by society and what others think of us, that we forget to live our lives our way. That’s the reason Let It Go is a special song, as it’s an anthem for being the best version of yourself!
Let It Go is not only one of the best modern Disney songs, but it’s one of the best Disney songs ever! Therefore, it also takes the #1 spot on my list of the best Frozen songs!