There are so many good songs! It’s hard to pick.
I agree that I Wanna Be Like You is right up near the top. If you like that song you should check out Louis Prima and Keely Smith’s mainstream music. It’s got exactly the same fun and energy.
I also have to put in a vote for Walt Disney’s personal favorite, **Feed the Birds ** from Mary Poppins. It’s so simple and so sweet.
It’s not a song, but **The Theme from the Electrical Parade ** is a wonderful piece of counterpoint.
And finally, for pure lyrical virtuousity I have to vote for **Part of Your World ** from The Little Mermaid, that contains the following lines:
What would I give if I could live out of these waters?
What would I pay to spend a day warm on the sand?
Bet’cha on land they understand
That they don’t reprimand their daughters
Bright young women sick of swimmin’
Ready to stand …
There’s a huge amount of complicated internal rhyme in these lines, but it rolls forwards effortlessly. That’s really, really hard to pull off.