The Best of the Lion King (Soundtrack)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Beloved music still enchants; great for families.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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 & Representations

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

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Tie-in to the re-release of the Disney movie The Lion King.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 feat... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat October 27, 2020

Great soundtrack.

Well I’ve never had this soundtrack, but my favorite Lion King song is “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”.
Teen, 15 years old Written byLoranikas303 October 27, 2020
Good soundtrack! My favorite song is “The Circle of Life”!

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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