Looking back on my memories of watching Disney Channel movies, TV shows, and music videos that played in between, so many Disney songs went underrated. Despite being on a kid’s television network, many songs from Disney Channel were honestly hits and still worthy of a listen today. Maybe the nostalgia of it all is tricking me, but these songs are bops.
1) “Somebody” by Lemonade Mouth
This song gives me the best ‘chasing your dreams’ vibes. The song is about wanting to chase your dreams and finally be ‘somebody.’ The song comes as the band is just beginning to form in Lemonade Mouth and one of the singers is breaking out of her shell to do what she loves.
2) “Determinate” by Lemonade Mouth
Also from Lemonade Mouth, this song is a lot more upbeat. It starts off slow and tells of a nervous singer but eventually goes into ‘turning the world into your dance floor.’ This is a great song to sing along to and have fun with.
3) “She’s So Gone” by Naomi Scott
From Lemonade Mouth, this song is the ultimate breakup song. The song details a girl who was once insecure and needed someone to hold her up. However, ‘she’s so gone,’ and the singer explains that she is confident and strong now—no longer needing a toxic relationship to provide her with reassurance she now finds in herself.
4) “Hero” by Sterling Knight
From Starstruck, this is a charming song about being everything that you can be for someone. Knight sings:
This song is very cheesy, but I love it and still never press skip when it comes on shuffle.
5) “Something About the Sunshine Baby” by Sterling Knight and Anna Margaret
Also from Starstruck, this song is so happy and bright! This is the perfect song for a day by the ocean or just riding with your windows down in the sunshine.
6) “Chemicals React” by Aly & AJ
This song is all about the way you feel when you love someone and the ‘chemicals in you react.’ Sang by the twin duo of the days, “Chemicals React” is a perfect blend of upbeat pop and mushy love. I still appreciate the unique nature and lyrics of this song now.
7) “Reflection” by Christina Aguilera
“Reflection” may be a Disney song but it’s honestly a tear-jerker. This song tells the story of someone who constantly wears a mask and hides who they are from the world.
8) “This Is Me” by Demi Lovato
“This Is Me” was a cultural movement when it was released, let’s be honest. From the movie Camp Rock, “This Is Me” is the perfect self-love song for coming out of your shell and being your most authentic self. I can remember passionately screaming (I mean.. singing) along to this song when I was younger and to be honest, I still do the same thing when I hear it now.
9) “Here I Am” by Renee Sandsrom
“Here I Am” is also from Camp Rock and performed around the same part of the movie where “This Is Me” shines through. I think that for this reason, “Here I Am” is often overlooked but it deserves praise of its own. The general theme of the song is similar to “This Is Me,” as it tells of a girl embracing who she is and loving herself. This song also describes gender roles and societal norms as well as breaking out of them. “Here I Am” is a true bop and confidence boosting song.
10) “Crazier” by Taylor Swift
Any Taylor Swift song would make it on my playlist but I do love “Crazier.” It is a sweet, wholesome song about having butterflies for someone. Played on Hannah Montana: The Movie, “Crazier” was the best of both worlds. (See what I did there??)
These are just a few of the best bops but for the whole playlist on Apple Music look here: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/disney-bops/pl.u-2aoqqvehNLryWrm.