The Princess Diaries was a coming-of-age movie from the early 2000s, which was based on a book series with the same name. Its premise was that an American teenager learned that she was the next-in-line to an European throne, meaning that she had to choose between either claiming it or renouncing it. Amusingly, The Princess Diaries performed very well at the box office in spite of low expectations, so much so that it enabled Anne Hathaway to breakthrough as well as Julie Andrews to revive her movie career. It seems safe to say that the soundtrack played a role in that.
15. “Little Bitty Pretty One” – Aaron Carter
“Little Bitty Pretty One” is one of the better-known songs on this list. After all, it was popularized by Thurston Harris in 1957, which resulted in a host of covers in the subsequent decades. The Aaron Carter cover does not benefit from that comparison.
14. “I Love Life” – Melissa Lefton
This song has a very positive message. Unfortunately, said message has been done better by other singers on other songs.
13. “Ain’t Nuthin’ But a She Thing” – Lil’ J featuring Nobody’s Angel and Tammy Phoenix
Since this song was used for a fun, relaxing scene, it should come as no surprise to learn that this was a fun, relaxing song. It is an excellent reminder of the pop culture scene that existed at the start of the 2000s. The issue is that it comes off as being rather outdated from a modern perspective.
12. “Away with the Summer Days” – Youngstown
Chances are good that interested individuals can guess that Youngstown was a boy band that was active around the turn of the millennium. In total, the trio managed to release a couple of studio albums, which contained better songs than this one here.
11. “Wake Up” – Hanson
Speaking of which, Hanson is another band that was active around the same time. It differs from Youngstown in some significant ways. To name an example, Hanson was much bigger at the height of its fame, as shown by how it has managed to sell more than 16 million records on a worldwide basis. To name another example, the three Hanson brothers and the rest of their band are still active. In any case, “Wake Up” suffers the same issue as “Away with the Summer Days,” which is that the artists have done better elsewhere.
10. “Miss You More” – BBMak
“Miss You More” is one of the songs released by the English R&B group BBMak, which had been gone for 15 years before reuniting in 2018. Said group tends to be best-known because of the single “Back Here,” which enabled it to break through in Asia, then the United States, and then their home country the United Kingdom. This ain’t “Back Here.”
9. “Always Tomorrow” – Nobody’s Angel
This isn’t the first song from Nobody’s Angel on this list. It is better than its counterpart. Even so, it isn’t memorable enough to claim a higher position on this list.
8. “Hold On” – B*Witched
“Hold On” has pretty much exactly the kind of message that one would expect based on its name. Once again, this is a much elaborated-upon theme. However, B*Witched managed to handle it quite well, thus making it surprisingly enjoyable under the right circumstances.
7. “Crush” – 3GS
“Crush” is a bit cliched when it comes to its lyrics. Still, it managed to get its message across quite well. What makes it particularly memorable is the way that it was used in the movie itself, seeing as how the lead character’s crush treated her very poorly in that scene. As such, that provided the interpretation of the song with a rather interesting twist without actually detracting from the strength of the feelings represented by the song.
6. “Happy Go Lucky” – Steps
“Happy Go Lucky” is a decent enough song from Steps, which is a British dance-pop group that started up in the 1990s. Since then, the group has been around on and off, with the result that it has managed to release seven studio albums over the course of their career so far. Something that should make it clear that Steps has a fair amount of staying power.
5. “Stupid Cupid” – Mandy Moore
“Stupid Cupid” is a fun little song with a fair amount of life to it. For proof, look no further than the fact that the first version came out in 1958, meaning that it is another much-covered song on this list. Fortunately, while Mandy Moore’s cover isn’t necessarily the best version that has ever been made and will ever be made, it is still more than capable of standing on its own.
4. “What Makes You Different (Makes You Beautiful)” – Backstreet Boys
The Backstreet Boys were one of the best-known boy bands in the early 2000s, which is quite fair because they are still the single best-selling boy band ever by a considerable margin. This isn’t one of their most notable songs. Even so, it has a high position because it is a well-polished product from what was already a well-experienced group by the time that it came out.
3. “The Journey” – Mpulz
Sometimes, relatively obscure acts can have one of the most memorable songs on a soundtrack. “The Journey” from Mpulz is particularly notable because it makes extensive use of the imagery of a bird learning how to fly. Something that enabled it to fit very well with the message of the movie as a whole.
2. “Miracles Happen (When You Believe)” – Myra
On a related note, “Miracles Happen (When You Believe)” was the song used to close the movie on a celebratory note. It was a very joyful, very uplifting song that provided the scene with even more emotional weight than otherwise possible. As such, there are a lot of people out there who still have a good memory of it.
1. “Supergirl” – Krystal Harris
“Supergirl” was quite popular at the time. It manages to be inspiring without ever crossing the line to becoming bombastic about it. Furthermore, it is interesting to note that “Supergirl” was apparently a big break for the singer-songwriter Krystal Harris at the time.