The simple Bare Necessities delight! Baloo’s song in The Jungle Book is voted Disney’s most uplifting tune
- Disney+ and RadioTimes asked 11,426 people to pick song that most cheered them up with You’ve Got A Friend In Me and Hakuna Matata coming joint second
- Fans said Mary Poppins was the film that made audiences the most nostalgic
Forgetting your worries and strife seems like a mantra for a life of bliss.
And, aptly, the song it comes from, The Bare Necessities, has been voted Disney’s most uplifting tune.
The Jungle Book’s best-known song, sung by Baloo and the young boy Mowgli in the 1967 animated film, was chosen by 40 per cent of people in a survey by streaming service Disney+ and RadioTimes.com.
The 11,426 respondents were asked to pick the Disney song that cheered them up the most.
The Bare Necessities, sung by Baloo (pictured) has been voted Disney’s most uplifting tune after thousands of people were asked which song cheered them up most
Randy Newman’s You’ve Got A Friend In Me from Toy Story came joint second with Hakuna Matata from the Lion King when Disney fans were asked to pick their most uplifting tune
You’ve Got A Friend In Me from Pixar’s Toy Story and Hakuna Matata from The Lion King rounded off the top three with 29 per cent of the vote each.
Among those aged 16 to 34, Hakuna Matata was named the most cheerful song, while You’re Welcome and How Far I’ll Go, both co-written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, from 2016’s Moana shared second place with 25% each.
The Bare Necessities was significantly more popular in Scotland versus other regions (45%) and was voted for the most.
Over the years, The Bare Necessities has been covered by some of the world’s biggest singers, including Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett and Julie Andrews.
Into The Unknown from Frozen II was deemed more cheerful to the Midlands audience than any other region.
Fans were also asked which films on the Disney+ streaming service made them the most emotional.
Bambi came top with 38%, followed closely by Pixar’s Up with 35% and The Lion King with 34%.
The Lion King’s Hakuna Matata (pictured) features music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice
For men, Up, the tale of elderly widower Carl Fredricksen setting out to complete a promise made to his late wife, received the most votes with 34%.
Women voted 1942 animation Bambi top with 45%.
Mary Poppins, starring Dame Julie Andrews, was named as the film that made audiences the most nostalgic, receiving almost half of the votes overall (46%).
Mrs Doubtfire starring Robin Williams came in second with 35% and third was 1993 sports film Cool Runnings with 27%, about the Jamaican bobsleigh team.
Tim Glanfield, editorial director of RadioTimes.com, said: ‘Brilliant films and their soundtracks have the ability to stay with us throughout our lives – they make us smile and they make us cry, and can transport us back to times and places we remember fondly.
‘So it’s no surprise to see that Disney classics both old and new mean so much to the British public, and iconic songs like The Bare Necessities from The Jungle Book continue to cheer up the nation over half a century after they were first released.’
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