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The Definitive Ranking of Lyrics From The Lion King
is classic, in part because behind the moving melodies are equally awesome lyrics. Full of clever wordplay from Scar, comedic gold from Timon and Pumbaa, and the feel-good wisdom of the entire animal kingdom, the words to these songs are should be celebrated. So that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Here are our favorites in ascending order:
20. ♫ But the sun rolling high, through the sapphire sky, keeps great and small on the endless round. ♫ 1 of 20
Doesn’t that just paint a picture of the boundless beauty that is the African Savannah in your head?
19. ♫ So prepare for the coup of the century, be prepared for the murkiest scam! ♫ 2 of 20
Murkiest scam is right. Even though this song’s lyrics are super evil, you can’t deny it’s catchy.
17. ♫ Of course, quid pro quo, you\'re expected, to take certain duties on board... ♫ 4 of 20
Excellent use of “quid pro quo” in a lyrical context (even though the hyenas probably did not know what it meant).
16. ♫ The world, for once, in perfect harmony, with all its living things. ♫ 5 of 20
15. ♫ It\'s clear from your vacant expressions, the lights are not all on upstairs. ♫ 6 of 20
How many different ways can Scar insult the hyena’s intelligence in “Be Prepared?” Many. many ways.
14. ♫ There\'s far too much to take in here, more to find than can ever be found. ♫ 7 of 20
We feel inspired to travel the world, to read a book, even to explore the shadowy place.
13. ♫ This is the morning report, gives you the long and the short, every grunt, roar, and snort. ♫ 8 of 20
Are you more of a grunter or a snorter in the morning? We’re grunters (but wish we were roarers).
Don’t try to tell us you didn’t sing this in your head while you read it. Do not even try.
Scar’s wordplay reaches expert levels here.
Can you remember a time when “hakuna matata” wasn’t in the zeitgeist? Neither can we, thanks to this song.
These lyrics are a nice reminder that even in the midst of crises, whether minor, major, mid-life or quarter-life, we’re all part of something bigger than just ourselves.
8. ♫ I\'m gonna be the mane event, like no king was before! ♫ 13 of 20
7. ♫ Can you feel the love tonight? The peace the evening brings. ♫ 14 of 20
You know what else the evening brings? A tear to our eyes, that’s what.
not feel a surge of hope and happiness? Rhetorical question.
5. ♫ They\'ll fall in love and here\'s the bottom line: our trio\'s down to two! ♫ 16 of 20
While we love the romance of “Can You Feel The Love Tonight,” the comedic relief from Timon and Pumbaa is also pretty wonderful.
4. ♫ Well, I\'ve never seen a king of beasts with quite so little hair! ♫ 17 of 20
Point to Zazu. We kinda like it when his feathers get ruffled.
3. ♫ Hakuna Matata, what a wonderful phrase! Hakuna Matata, ain\'t no passing craze! ♫ 18 of 20
2. ♫ I know that your powers of retention, are as wet as a warthog\'s backside. ♫ 19 of 20
We have not experienced a warthog’s backside firsthand, but this lyric brings the feeling to life, so we never have to.
*Raises an invisible baby Simba into the air as we mouth these lyrics*
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