First Hit #1: March 6, 1993
This was the only Disney theme song to hit the top of the charts. That seems weird to me, since it’s hardly the best Disney theme song. It’s not even the best Disney theme song that features Peabo Bryson, that being Beauty and the Beast. It’s not a bad song per se, it’s a very nice duet that is slightly better in the film version, which is a bit less polished but with a reduction in the amount of bombast makes it more appealing – exactly like Beauty and the Beast. Disney’s 1990s love of doing their theme songs in two different versions was never their best attribute, the end credits version always felt like it was lacking something compared to the version sung by the characters you had developed an affection for over the past 90 minutes. Maybe it’s just that affection, we know Aladdin and Jasmine by the end of the film, but we don’t know Peabo Bryson. He’s probably a nice guy, but his version of the big Disney songs is never the version I prefer, and I think that affection for the characters is part of the reason.