There’s so much to love about Disney’s new sure-to-be classic film Moana. From its newcomer and all-star cast (including Mr. Sexiest Man Alive himself!) to Disney not giving its latest princess a love interest and letting her be the hero of the flick, it’s for sure going to go down as one of the all-time animated classics (even if it has courted some of its own controversies).
And what would a classic Disney movie be without an unforgettable soundtrack? After you’ve lined up and seen Moana in theaters three or four times on opening weekend (admit it!), you’re going to have the songs stuck in your head for weeks. And there’s a reason — before buckling down on his next Disney project, the live action Little Mermaid, Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda brought his memorable musical skills to head up the music for Moana. Mark Mancina (who had a big hand in the Lion King‘s soundtrack, and we all know how long we’ve had those songs stuck in our heads!) was also a primary composer, as well as the hugely respected Oceanic musician Opetaia Foa’i.
You’ve probably already heard Alessia Cara’s “How Far I’ll Go” all over the radio, but the version by Auli’i Cravalho — AKA the voice of Moana — is so lovely and powerful.
And yep, even the Rock gets his own song. Too charming.
It might not be traditional Christmas music, but this soundtrack is the unexpected feel-good addition everyone needs on their holiday playlist. Stream the entire thing right here via Disney Music.
Will you learn the Moana soundtrack by heart? Let us know over @BritandCo!
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