In 1949, Eric Kastner wrote a novel called Lottie and Lisa. It later became a smash hit for Disney twice. The 1961 version starred Hayley Mills. It featured several songs that drew audiences into the story line. However, it was Disney’s 1998 version starring Lindsay Lohan where the music took center stage. Many songs draw audiences into the tale throughout the film, making it more captivating than the original. Here is a ranking of the pieces in the Parent Trap Soundtrack.
15. The Happy Club – Bob Geldof
According to Oh My Disney, this song is a great addition because they chose a song, not a current hit at the time. Its uptempo beat adds fun to the twin’s time at camp.
14. Suite From The Parent Trap – Alan Silvestri
Silvestri did music scores for many hit movies throughout his career, including Forrest Gump, Back To The Future, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His addition to this movie makes it as timeless as the original version starring Hayley Mills.
13. Dream Come True – Ta-Gana
Like many other songs in the movie, this one lends itself perfectly. Annie and Hallie’s parents separated years ago. Yet, after over a decade, once they’re in the same room together, sparks fly as it had only been a short time. The lyrics in this song reflect the thrill of finding the person you’re meant to be with forever.
12. Let’s Get Together – Nobody’s Angel
This song has an almost inaudible cameo in the movie. However, it’s an exceptional track because the original was a full duet in the first movie. Hallie hums it walking into an elevator when she and her sister get their parents at the same hotel to try and reunite them.
11. Soulful Strut – Holt
One of the cutest parts of the movie is Annie and her butler Martin. The duo has a special handshake which is more of an artful dance routine. When Hallie goes to England posing as Annie, it’s hard not to notice the sense of accomplishment she has when executing it in her twin’s place. According to Hey Alma, this song was released in 1968 and went gold in 1969.
10. Groovin’ – Pato Banton & The Reggae Revolution
Initially released in 1967 by the Young Rascals, it’s been covered by many different groups, each with varying degrees of success. Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brightman wrote the song during Cavaliere’s exploration of African Cuban fusion music.
9. Never Let You Go – Jakaranda
When Hallie poses as Annie and first arrives in England, she is thrilled to have the mother she’s wished for most of her life. One of the pair’s first outings is the boutique where her mother sells her wedding gowns. This song plays as Hallie gets a chance to pose with one of the models.
8. Top Of The World – Shoen Knife
This song is a cover of a 1973 Carpenter’s classic. It appeared on their Greatest Hits Album. Like the original, Shoen Knife’s version maintains an upbeat tempo. However, the Japanese alternative band added a punk vibe to update the song.
7. This Will Be – Natalie Cole
Cole is the daughter of legendary singer Nat King Cole. Her addition to the soundtrack was the singer’s breakout song. After its release, the singer won a Grammy for Best Female R&B vocalist. The song’s popularity continued in other soundtracks, including Bride Wars and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.
6. Bad To The Bone – George Thorogood
When the twins first meet, neither likes the other. During their initial time at work, the two pull a series of pranks on one another. Although they do find out they have one thing in common, a great poker game. Nonetheless, all the animosity winds the two tweens in the isolation cabin together for the rest of camp.
5. Here Comes The Sun – Bronx Style
One of the most well-known landmarks in Londo is Abbey Road, made famous in the picture on The Beatles’ final release. Bronx Style’s cover of the classic is nearly identical bar for bar. Even the scene in the movie re-captures one of the most memorable photos in rock and roll history.
4. There She Goes – The Las
The Liverpool group released the song four different times as a single. It was first released on their self-titled album, also the only one the group released. Groups who covered the song included Sixpence None the Richer, Robbie Williams, The Wombats, and The Boo Radley. Aside from The Parent Trap, the piece also appeared on the soundtracks for Girl Interrupted, and So I Married An Axe Murderer.
3. Do You Believe In Magic – Lovin Spoonful
John Sebastian wrote this song which went to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1965. It’s the first single from the group’s freshman album by the same name. It’s listed on Rolling Stone’s List of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Before the song showed up in several movies in the mid to late 90s, it was the theme song for the television show State of Grace.
2. L.O.V.E. – Nat King Cole
The opening credits foreshadow the rest of the film. During the sequence, you see a romantic wedding on Queen Elizabeth II. However, the scene is from the couple’s initial get-together, something viewers find out faded out. Nonetheless, the song sets the tone for a fun romp and a classic Disney happy ending. It’s a great way to start out a movie with an incredible soundtrack.
1. I Love You For Sentimental Reasons – Linda Ronstadt
Annie and Hallie switching places helped bring their parents back together physically. Yet, both had such separate lives; it seemed almost impossible the two would rekindle the romance and give the twins their wish. However, one of the boldest ideas the twins try is recreating the first date, one they’ve seen only in pictures. Annie, acting more like her outgoing twin, sets the mood for her parents’ trip down memory lane with this song.
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