When you watch the movie “Shrek” you probably end up with at least one or two of the songs getting stuck inside your head. It’s easy to understand why this would happen. Truth be told, a lot of these songs can easily get stuck inside your head for days on end. There’s no doubt about the fact that the music here is as solid as the movie. If you’re ready to revisit one of your old favorites, check out this list that ranks the soundtrack from worst to best. There’s even a YouTube link for each song so if you want to hear one for yourself, all you have to do is click on the link.
13. True Love’s First Kiss (Henry Gregson-Williams and John Powell)
This particular song doesn’t have any lyrics, as it is entirely instrumental. As far as some people are concerned, that might mean that it shouldn’t be included on this list at all, but it is on the soundtrack. Furthermore, there are plenty of people that absolutely love songs that are instrumental. There is no doubt but they can be just as beautiful and meaningful as any song with lyrics.
12. My Beloved Monster (Eels)
At its very core, this is a song about loving whoever you love, regardless of what appearances might look like or what other people think. There are few messages that are more beautiful than that. The important thing to remember is that this is a song that inspires everyone who listens to it to be true to themselves and true to their own hearts.
11. Like Wow! (Leslie Carter)
Some people are initially skeptical about this song because of the title. It doesn’t exactly sound like something with a very deep meaning. However, it is a song that’s about finding someone that you genuinely love and how everything changes once you find that person. The lyrics and the song talk about being with that particular individual and feeling an immense amount of love for them, even to the point of feeling like you can literally tackle anything and everything that might potentially stand in your way. It’s no wonder that so many people have come to love this song in a way that exceeds all expectations.
10. Stay Home (Self)
This is a song told within the context of the story that has a much more important message to it than what you’ll first notice on the surface. At one time or another, everyone feels like they don’t fit in. This is a song that celebrates the unique individuality of each and every person. According to the lyrics, it’s not necessary to fit in. Instead, one’s unique personality should be celebrated. The song teaches people to use that uniqueness to their advantage, not to their detriment.
9. Best Years of Our Lives (Baha Men)
This is another song that’s all about falling in love. It talks about the types of feelings that people often have when they fall in love with one another and how that changes the very dynamic of their lives in ways that they could have never even imagined.
8. I’m a Believer (reprise) (Eddie Murphy)
This is a particular version of the popular Smash Mouth song that was eventually released as a single from the movie, something that doesn’t really happen all that often. Murphy’s particular version was not the one that became a single, but it still shows up on the soundtrack. Some people even think that his version is better than the one that did make it on the radio.
7. I’m On My Way (The Proclaimers)
This is a song that helps people remember that even when they’re in the midst of darkness, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It’s a great song to listen to when you feel like you’re sort of stuck because it reminds you that even though you might feel that way today, it’s not always going to be that way.
6. You Belong to Me (Jason Wade)
The lyrics in this song celebrate being in love and enjoying everything from an entirely different perspective. More specifically, those lyrics talk about enjoying everything that life has to offer without missing out on a single thing, yet seeing it as if you’re seeing it for the first time because you know you’re in love. The lyrics go on to explain how this can be something you have seen hundreds of times in the past, but once you find that special someone, everything becomes new again.
5. I’m a Believer (Smash Mouth)
Here is the song that eventually made it to the mainstream radio. It was one of two singles that ended up being played regularly over the radio waves. Oddly enough, both of the singles that hit the radio waves were recorded by Smash Mouth.
4. It Is You (I Have Loved) (Dana Glover)
Do you know how it feels when you find that special individual and you just see something different when you look into their eyes? That is the exact type of thing that is celebrated in this song. In fact, the lyrics even talk about looking directly into that special person’s eyes and seeing the truth that can’t be seen anywhere else.
3. All Star (Smash Mouth)
This is the other song that became a single, and another one recorded by Smash Mouth. It’s an upbeat song that celebrates every individual in a unique way that speaks to them. In short, it talks about seizing the moment and making the best out of everything, even to the point of surprising oneself when something unexpected is accomplished.
2. Bad Reputation (Halfcocked)
This is one of the funnier songs on the soundtrack. Just as the title implies, it talks about how your actions can either help or hinder your reputation. However, the song goes on to talk about not caring about what one’s reputation is, but instead deciding to live in the moment and make decisions based on your own happiness instead of what other people might think.
1. Hallelujah (Rufus Wainwright)
Finally, you have the beloved song that was originally recorded by Leonard Cohen and has been covered by countless numbers of artists since then. It is a truly beautiful song that allows itself to be sung in a variety of different ways. As is the case with many of the other songs on the soundtrack, it’s about love but it often has a much deeper and more personal meaning attached to it, depending on who’s actually listening to the lyrics of the time.