OH MY GOODNESS THE SOUNDTRACK IS OUT | Lion King Official Soundtrack

One of the most amazing things about the movie The Lion King was, obviously, the soundtrack. I mean, how many times have you just broken out in "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?"; for me, the number is legitimately countless. Well, good news Lion King fans (so, everyone...?), the official soundtrack for the new movie has officially been released. We have arrived in the promise land. First of all, it's incredible. Second of all, we're going to talk about it, because, what else is there to talk about?
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The Songs

The soundtrack features every song you're hoping for, and then some. The full tracklist is listed below:
  1. Circle of Life/Nants' Ingonyama
  2. Life's Not Fair
  3. Rafiki's Fireflies
  4. I Just Can't Wait To Be King
  5. Elephant Graveyard
  6. Be Prepared (2019)
  7. Stampede
  8. Scar Takes The Throne
  9. Hakuna Matata
  10. Simba Is Alive!
  11. The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Full Version)
  12. Can You Feel The Love Tonight
  13. Reflections of Mufasa
  14. Spirit
  15. Battle for Pride Rock
  16. Remember
  17. Never Too Late
  18. He Lives in You
  19. Mbube
As you can see, the hits are there. But, there are also some additional songs that we're extra excited about because the tones lend themselves to a very beautiful on-screen value. For example, "Elephant Graveyard" is, as expected, very dark and finds a home in a very powerful Minor Key arrangement. It's more intense than the soundtrack version from the previous film, so we can imagine that this movie's version is going to be extremely interesting. Another example is the song "Stampede", which obviously will be in the background of one of the most intense scenes in the movie (spoiler alert: Mufasa doesn't make it through the stampede...).

The Surprises

First of all, Scar is going to be excellent. Chiwetel Ejiofor is one of the best actors of our time, that's not news. He was brilliant in 12 Years a Slave as well as Doctor Strange, but he is going to be chilling as Scar. Boy, we cannot wait for his debut in live-action animation. Another pleasant surprise was "I Just Can't Wait To Be King" particularly because Simba can sing his little lion butt off. His runs in the song are so impressive, and the Zazu inclusions are also really well done. That scene promises to be a truly fun highlight of the movie, as it was in the original animated version. One thing we were surprised about, going back to Scar, was "Be Prepared". In the soundtrack, there's far more talking than there is singing, but we're not sure if that means the scene will be that way or if there will be more of an instrumental interlude rather than singing throughout, or if the scene will simply be Scar talking...regardless, as we mentioned, it's chilling. As it should be. The final surprise from the soundtrack

The Favorites

When it comes to things as incredible as this soundtrack absolutely is, picking favorites becomes a difficult, and seemingly disingenuous, task. Truthfully, we absolutely loved all of the songs. There legitimately wasn't one that we didn't enjoy. Hans Zimmer is an incredible composer, and he deserves all of the praise you could possibly throw at him for his work. "Elephant Graveyard" is so beautiful, so full, so powerful, and seriously so incredible. If we had to pick favorites, though, here they are listed in order. 
  1. Can You Feel The Love Tonight
  2. Hakuna Matata
  3. I Just Can't Wait To Be King
  4. Elephant Graveyard
  5. Simba is Alive
As we mentioned, truly, top to bottom, this soundtrack is just full of incredible composition and beautiful vocals. Like, as if "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" couldn't have gotten more beautiful, Beyonce absolutely crushes this song. Crushes. Chills. The whole time. Chills. Also, Donald Glover, as we know, has a beautiful voice as well, and he does an incredible job of simply letting her taking the front seat in the song. 

This movie is going to be so awesome. So so awesome. We cannot wait.