The Best of the Lion King (Soundtrack)



Beloved music still enchants; great for families.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Positive lessons about living and loving life -- in all its glory, uncertainty, and beauty.

Positive messages

Positive messages for kids about the circle of life, love, and "hakuna matata" (no worries).

Positive role models

Simba is courageous, honorable, and caring, with supportive friends who always have his back.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Tie-in to the re-release of the Disney movie The Lion King.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that these songs aren't just from the original Lion King movie, and you won't hear Elton John's voice on this record. However, most of the original favorites are included, like "Circle of Life," "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," and "Hakuna Matata," with the same kid-friendly, heartstring-tugging themes about life, love, and "no worries." The album is fine for kids of all ages but will be best appreciated by kids old enough to see the movie.

What's the story?

It's hard to believe how many years it's been since the original premiere of Disney's The Lion King, but the movie's message, music, and humor still resonate today with fans young and old. To celebrate all things Lion King (The Lion King 1 1/2, Rhythm of the Pridelands, and The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride), including the re-release of the original animated movie, Disney is releasing the soundtrack THE BEST OF THE LION KING. From classics like "Circle of Life" and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" to hit Broadway favorites like "They Live in You," this album has it all and then some.

Is it any good?


The Lion King, one of the highest-grossing films of all time, continues to be a successful Disney franchise and Broadway play because of its award-winning music. Although most of the songs from the movie(s) and play that fans love are included on this album, one very familiar voice from the original soundtrack isn't: Sir Elton John. It's hard to believe that a Best of The Lion King soundtrack doesn't feature one song from John, but that's all that's lacking. Whether you're a parent or a child, you'll love revisiting these enduring songs about the circle of life and a loveable lion.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the significance of re-releasing a movie like The Lion King. What's the point?

  • Why do you think The Lion King is still so popular? What makes it so successful and meaningful to fans young and old? Is it the music, the story, or both?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:September 7, 2011
Label:Walt Disney Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus September 12, 2012

Love it!

The music is beautiful!
Adult Written byOliviaReviewsIt October 6, 2015

People think this is the "BEST OF THE LION KING"? Seriously?

I have a lot of complaints about this soundtrack. To be "The Best of the Lion King" it sure does not show it. Most of the songs weren't even featured in the movie-and if they were, they were from the 2nd and 3rd films. The CD only has about 4 or 5 good songs out of the twelve, and to me that is pretty disappointing. Good: 'Circle of Life', 'Just Can't Wait to Be King', 'Lea Halalela', 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' and 'Upendi'. Where is He Lives In You? Or Love Will Find a Way? The only version of 'Be Prepared' is the one from the musical, and it pales in comparison to Jeremy Irons' version from the original movie. They actually include songs from Lion King 1.5 which shouldn't even be on here....I would be fine with this CD if it wasn't BEST OF The Lion King. But the title is very misleading. Ages 5+ fun songs for TLK fans.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byTimonBerkowitz June 16, 2013


The Lion King is my favorite movie ever. This soundtrack has all of my favorite songs from the franchise! It was a great gift from my Aunt that makes a great addition to my large TLK collection! The whole family will enjoy listening to the beloved Disney music. You can't hate the classics, man!
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Too much consumerism


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