Phil Collins Disney Songs: The Ultimate List

by | Jan 10, 2022 | Disney History, Disney Legends, Disney Movies, Disney+, News Outside the Parks

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Wondering what songs the amazing Disney Legend Phil Collins has recorded for Disney movies? Read on to see a full list of Phil Collins Disney songs, plus a little trivia about each one.

Phil Collins is known as a legendary English drummer and singer who got his start in the band Genesis before going on to have a successful solo career. But Collins is also a named Disney Legend thanks to his work on two acclaimed soundtracks: Tarzan and Brother Bear.

Learn more about Disney Legend Phil Collins and find out what songs he sang on these two unique soundtracks.

Full List of Phil Collins Disney Songs

Looking for a quick list of all the songs Phil Collins worked on for Disney. We’ve got ’em right here:

  • “You’ll Be In My Heart”
  • “Strangers Like Me”
  • “Son of Man”
  • “Two Worlds”
  • “Trashin’ the Camp”
  • “Look Through My Eyes”
  • “Welcome”
  • “No Way Out”
  • “On My Way”
  • “Transformation”

About the Tarzan Soundtrack

Jane Porter says goodbye to Tarzan

Photo courtesy of Disney

Phil Collins was originally approached to work on the Tarzan soundtrack because of his work as a drummer. The movie’s producers envisioned a strong drum beat in the movie to bring drama and realism to Tarzan’s jungle home.

Once they got to work, the movie’s directors decided to make a break from tradition with the soundtrack. Until then, songs had always been performed by characters in Disney movies. But in Tarzan, Collins sings most of the songs as a narrator.

The Tarzan soundtrack reached double platinum status in the US, which made it Collins’ best-selling album in more than 10 years. The song “You’ll Be In My Heart” won the Golden Globe Award for “Best Original Song,” as well as the Academy Award for “Best Original Song.” Though it didn’t win, the song was also a Grammy Award nominee for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.”

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Phil Collins Songs in Disney’s Tarzan

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Tarzan soundtrack. Photo courtesy of Disney

Phil Collins co-wrote and recorded all the songs for the 1999 Disney movie Tarzan. In addition to recording the soundtrack in English, Collins also recorded it in French, German, Italian, and Spanish!

Here’s a full list of his songs from that movie.

“You’ll Be In My Heart”

This is easily the most recognizable song from Tarzan. In the movie, it’s performed by Glenn Close as Kala and Phil Collins. The song is a lullaby (and was originally called “Lullaby”) that Kala begins to sing to baby Tarzan to soothe him. After a verse, Collins picks it up and takes it home. 

Collins performed the song at the Oscars in 2000, and it won the Academy Award for Best Song. “You’ll Be In My Heart” topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart for an impressive 19 weeks.

Fun fact: Phil Collins originally wrote the song “Lullaby” for his daughter, Lily (also known as Emily in Paris).

‘Cause you’ll be in my heart,

Yes, you’ll be in my heart,

From this day on now and forevermore

“Strangers Like Me”

The song “Strangers Like Me” describes how Tarzan feels about Jane, Professor Porter, and Clayton when he meets them. They are like him because they are human, but at the same time they come from a completely different world. Tarzan’s feelings are clear from the chorus lyrics:

I wanna know, can you show me

I wanna know about these strangers like me

Tell me more, please show me

Something’s familiar about these strangers like me

“Son of Man”

In a similar vein to “Strangers Like Me,” “Son of Man” describes how Tarzan tries to fit in with his gorilla family. Though he is a son of man, he is still able to fit in with the gorillas after living with them for so many years.

Son of Man, look to the sky

Lift your spirit, set it free

Someday you’ll walk tall with pride

Son of Man, a man in time you’ll be

“Two Worlds”

You’ll recognize “Two Worlds” from the very beginning of the movie, as Phil Collins explains in song how Tarzan and his birth family come to be in the jungle and how he ends up being taken in by Kala and her family as one of their own. 

You’ll also hear it later in the movie when Kala attempts to rescue Tarzan from a leopard, and at the end when Jane and Porter decide to live their lives in the jungle with Tarzan.

Two worlds, one family

Trust your heart

Let fate decide

To guide these lives we see

“Trashin’ the Camp”

“Trashin’ the Camp” is performed by Phil Collins and Rosie O’Donnell as Terk, Tantor, and other gorillas stumble upon the human camp and proceed to trash it.

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Do zee zap dee doo

About the Brother Bear Soundtrack

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Photo courtesy of Disney

After the success of the Tarzan soundtrack, Disney quickly got to work on another soundtrack in collaboration with Phil Collins, this time for the movie Brother Bear.

The soundtrack was not as critically acclaimed as the Tarzan soundtrack was, but it still reached number 3 on the US Billboard soundtracks chart.

Also unlike its predecessor, the Brother Bear soundtrack and its songs did not win any awards. In fact, in comparison to Tarzan, the movie Brother Bear is generally overlooked, and many people have not even heard of it. However, many loyalists speak highly of it and say that it should have gotten more recognition than it did.

Phil Collins Songs in Disney’s Brother Bear

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Brother Bear soundtrack. Photo courtesy of Disney

Phil Collins wrote and performed several songs in the 2003 movie Brother Bear

“Look Through My Eyes”

The song “Look Through My Eyes” appears at the end of the movie Brother Bear during the credits. The lyrics reiterate the message of the movie about learning from others with opposing points of view (a message that’s especially pertinent in this day and age).

Just take a look through my eyes (Look through my eyes)

There’s a better place somewhere out there (Ooh)

Just take a look through my eyes (Look through my eyes)

Everything changes

You’ll be amazed what you’ll find (There’s a better place)

If you look through my eyes

“Welcome”

“Welcome” is the song that opens the movie, with lyrics welcoming you to the bear family’s life. In addition to its inclusion in Brother Bear, this song was also used as the theme song for Walt Disney’s Parade of Dreams that celebrated Disneyland’s 50th anniversary.

Welcome to our family time

Welcome to our brotherly time

We’re happy givin’ and takin’ to the friends we’re makin’

There’s nothing we won’t do

“No Way Out”

The song “No Way Out” is one of the best-known from the Brother Bear soundtrack. It’s a sad song that plays during the part of the movie where Kenai tells Koda that he killed Koda’s mother. Koda is, understandably, upset, and runs away from his friend.

There’s no way out of this dark place

No hope, no future

I know I can’t be free

But I can’t see another way

I can’t face another day

“On My Way”

In the movie, Koda (Jeremy Suarez) begins singing this song, with Phil Collins kicking in and taking over and then Koda finishing up with the last line.

If you listen to the soundtrack, though, you’ll only hear the Phil Collins version.

The song features during a scene where Kenai and Koda are bonding and playing together before jumping on a couple of mammoths and resuming their journey.

So tell ’em all I’m on my way

New friends and new places to see

And to sleep under the stars

Who could ask for more

With the moon keeping watch over me

“Transformation”

The song “Transformation” is performed by the Bulgarian Women’s Choir in the movie Brother Bear. The choir performs the song in Iñupiat, which is a native Alaskan language.

The song was written by Phil Collins, and Collins performs an English language version of it on the movie soundtrack.

Here’s a snippet of the lyrics from Collins’ English version:

Everything will become clear to you

When you see things through another’s eyes

Everything will become clear to you

Whatever’s meant for you, you will find

Phil Collins Disney Songs: Instant Classics, Memorable Stories

The Phil Collins songbook includes several Disney bangers that added something special to each of the two films they appear in.

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Phil Collins composed Disney songs for two classic films. Photo courtesy of D23

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Written by Catherine Hiles

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Catherine Hiles is a mom of young kids and therefore an avid Disney+ watcher. While it's her kids who request Disney soundtracks to play in the car, she often finds herself driving solo while belting out "Into the Unknoooooooooooown!" She also enjoys eating and running, although not at the same time.
Catherine Hiles

Written by Catherine Hiles

Catherine Hiles is a mom of young kids and therefore an avid Disney+ watcher. While it's her kids who request Disney soundtracks to play in the car, she often finds herself driving solo while belting out "Into the Unknoooooooooooown!" She also enjoys eating and running, although not at the same time.