The official track list for the highly anticipated remake of The Lion King has released! No, no actual songs have released; we’ll just have to wait to see the film in theaters to get our first taste. However, I have been curious (especially after getting that Beyonce and Donald Glover tease from the latest trailer) to see what new tracks could pop up.
The official list is as follows;
- “Circle of Life”/“Nants’ Ingonyama” – Performed by Lindiwe Mkhize; African vocals performed by Lebo M; written and composed by Elton John and Tim Rice; “Nants’ Ingonyama” written by Lebohang Morake and Hans Zimmer; produced by Hans Zimmer; vocals produced by Stephen Lipson
- “Life’s Not Fair” – Hans Zimmer
- “Rafiki’s Fireflies” – Hans Zimmer
- “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” – Performed by JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph and John Oliver; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Pharrell Williams; co-produced by Stephen Lipson
- “Elephant Graveyard” – Hans Zimmer
- “Be Prepared” (2019 Version) – Performed by Chiwetel Ejiofor; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Hans Zimmer and David Fleming
- “Stampede” – Hans Zimmer
- “Scar Takes the Throne” – Hans Zimmer
- “Hakuna Matata” – Performed by Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, JD McCrary and Donald Glover; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Pharrell Williams; co-produced by Stephen Lipson
- “Simba is Alive!” – Hans Zimmer
- “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” – Performed by Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen; written by Luigi Creatore, Hugo Peretti, George David Weiss and Solomon Linda; produced by Pharrell Williams
- “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” – Performed by Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Pharrell Williams; co-produced by Stephen Lipson
- “Reflections of Mufasa” – Hans Zimmer
- “Battle for Pride Rock” – Hans Zimmer
- “Remember” – Hans Zimmer
- “Never Too Late” – Performed by Elton John; African vocal and choir arrangements created and produced by Lebo M; written by Elton John and Tim Rice; produced by Greg Kurstin; additional production by Elton John and Matt Still
- “He Lives in You” – Performed by Lebo M; written by Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin and Lebohang Morake; produced by Lebo M and Mark Mancina
- “Mbube” – Performed by Lebo M; African vocal and choir arrangements created and produced by Lebo M; written by Solomon Linda; produced by Pharrell Williams
Now, we got all our bangers in here, but I got some questions; Where in the circle of life is Lebo M.’s “Busa”? Don’t know what I’m talking about? Have a seat.
You may remember back to the original movie where Simba has had the profound talk with Mufasa’s cloud ghost. Rafiki (favorite character) comes on over to give him some life lessons before Simba confidently decides to go home. Well, that moment where he decides to go back to face his past a song plays called “Busa.” It might not be a big deal for some, but for me this is one of the most powerful moments in the original! It’s also one of the most emotional scenes of the movie (obviously not close to Mufasa’s death; I’m not a fool).
We also have Donald Glover and Beyonce singing “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”. Look, I know Disney did not hire Beyonce so she could sing two lines. Will they extend the song? Will it be the film version, the Elton John version, or a mix of both? My vote? EXTEND IT! That is not just one of the most beautiful Disney songs, but one of the most beautiful love songs EVER. I need it in my life.
The official track release also debunks the rumor that Beyonce would be performing the opening (and iconic) “Circle of Life.” Eh, that’s fine with me. What I wish I would see here, is perhaps more music from the Broadway musical? The track, “Lioness Hunt,” though not a main or central song to the performance, really stuck with me. A lot of the traditional pieces incorporated into the musical were spectacular so if they could somehow combine the animated version and Broadway version with their own original additions would be perfect.
On THAT note, we know that track 14 from the list is absent- this has queen Bey written all over it. It has been confirmed that Beyonce has worked with Lebo M., yes the one who composed so much beautiful music from the original including “Busa”, to create something special for the film.
We’re going to lose our lives all over these theaters, ya’ll!