By Madyson McGill
I grew up on Disney Channel’s Original movies. That means I grew up on all the original music. I had the soundtracks to most of these films in my CD player. So of course it felt right to dig up all the nostalgia and make a top five list. Honestly, I didn’t realize how hard it would be to narrow down.
However, I have a disclaimer before I begin: this list will not include a single song from Camp Rock, Teen Beach Movie, or High School Musical. It does, though, include The Cheetah Girls. In fact, they’re number four, but before four comes number five, which features a certain face that people nowadays are used to seeing on Saturday Night Live.
5. “More Than Me” by Jordan Cahill
The first song on my list is “More Than Me” from Stuck in the Suburbs. I’m talking about the acoustic version at the end of the movie. The first version is way too poppy and boy bandish, though the fangirls in the beginning of the movie seem to love it. I mean, Danielle Panabaker and Brenda Song’s characters are basically the definition of fangirls when they hold Taran Killam’s popstar character’s phone hostage for the majority of the movie. Anyway, this was definitely a beat I rewinded for, and listened to over and over.
4. “Cinderella” by the Cheetah Girls
As I said, number four is a Cheetah Girls track. My mom can attest that I in fact was obsessed with the song “Cinderella” from the first Cheetah Girls movie. First off, who doesn’t love synchronized dancing in matching cheetah print outfits? I mean it just screams early 2000s. What I honestly love about this song is the catchy beat and melody. The mix is a little bit hip hop and a little bit pop, which makes it a highly danceable track. It also encompasses all of what the Cheetah Girls were: girl power. Yes, I realize they had a track titled “Girl Power,” but I prefer “Cinderella,” which came first. The Cheetah Girls didn’t need some prince to come and save them; they had the power to step out and be the girl group everyone watching Disney Channel was waiting for, and they brought a groovy track to convey that.
3. “Supernova Girl” by Proto Zoa
Now that I’ve unleashed my inner Cheetah Girl fangirl, let’s move onto number three, “Supernova Girl,” from one of my personal favorite Disney Channel Original movie franchises. While we may not yet have awesome space homes in the actual 21st century, we do have this song from Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century. Proto Zoa is literally a universal hit group; they were loved in space, on earth, and in my young child heart. Give me a metallic shimmery jacket and beach blonde tips and I’ll gladly jam out to this song without sound, because this song makes my heart go boom boom. It’s techno and futuristic like it should be for the movie, and has a catchy beat one can clap along to while wishing space concerts were a thing. And I’m sure that if they were a thing, Proto Zoa would be right up there on the front line singing about zooming around and supernova girls.
2. “Get a Clue” by Simon and Milo (Prozzak)
Next is a song I spent many a nights dancing around in my room to. “Get a Clue” from the movie of its same name is one of the best songs featured in a Lindsay Lohan movie. I’m talking better than Chad Michael Murray singing horrifically to Britney Spears in Freaky Friday. What really seals it is its guitar riff and head-bangablilty. I’m not going to lie, I still listen to this song occasionally when I’m alone in my room, twirling and jamming to my little heart’s desire. I nearly lost it when I saw that this movie was on Hulu. I applaud you Simon and Milo for this solid tune that still has resonance today, at least in my early 2000s nostalgic eyes.
1. “What Dreams Are Made Of” by Hilary Duff
But hey now, hey now we aren’t done yet. We still have number one, which is what all dreams are made of. Yes, it is “What Dreams Are Made Of” from The Lizzie McGuire Movie. Would this really be a top five list if Hilary Duff wasn’t on it? Ignore the questionable Italian accents and focus on trying not to sing along. Oh wait, you can’t, because you instantly know deep down you know all the words and have practiced the dance moves. No, just me? I don’t believe you. Duff may be a bit over-auto tuned, but it’s still a dream worthy song. The catchy techno pop beats that break into the oh-so pleasing crowd clapping are icing on the Italian adventure. I know what will be on my playlist when I go to Italy this summer: this song.
And that wraps up my top five songs from Disney Channel Original Movies. So, get a clue and grab your favorite CD player, zoom off to another galaxy where dreams are made of, and maybe find more to yourself than being a helpless Cinderella.
PS: Since I focused on Disney Channel Original Movie songs, I wasn’t able to add one of my personal favorite movie tracks. As a bonus, I give you “Ultraviolet” by the Stiff Dylans from Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging, a film which features a baby faced Aaron Taylor Johnson on bass guitar lip syncing to his one true school love. So, grab your favorite air guitar, let you hair down, and fall in love with this tween rock track.