Someday (Disney song)

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Song from the album The Hunchback of Notre Dame: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack
Released 1996
Recorded 1996
Label Walt Disney
Writer Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz
Producer Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz

"Someday" is a song from Disney's 1996 animated feature film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It was written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz and originally recorded by American singer and actress Heidi Mollenhauer in her film role as the singing voice of Esmeralda. One out of three recordings, along with "In a Place of Miracles" and "As Long as There's a Moon", it was discarded during the storyboarding process of the film and replaced with "God Help the Outcasts" as directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise both wanted a quieter song in scene when Esmeralda sings inside the Notre Dame cathedral. While not used in the body of the film, "Someday" is heard over the closing credits of the film.[1]

Selected as the lead single from the film's soundtrack in 1996, "Someday" was recorded by all–male R&B group All-4-One for the North American release, while British R&B trio Eternal recorded their own version for the British English version of the song which received international release throughout Europe and Oceania. Mexican singer Luis Miguel recorded a Spanish version for the Latin American market, retitled "Sueña", which became a major hit. The youngest Celtic Woman member Chloë Agnew covered this song for her solo album called Walking in the Air and her first Celtic Woman album.

All-4-One version[edit]

Single by All-4-One
from the album The Hunchback of Notre Dame: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack
Released June 10, 1996
Format CD single
Genre Pop, soul, R&B
Length 4:17
Label Walt Disney, Atlantic
Producer(s) Walter Afanasieff
All-4-One singles chronology
"These Arms"
"I Turn to You"

For the American music market, Disney enlisted R&B band All-4-One to record their own rendition of "Someday" for the film's accompanying soundtrack. While the album version of their recording was produced and arranged by William Ross, songwriter Walter Afanasieff was consulted to produce a radio mix of the song which was released by Walt Disney Records and Atlantic Records as the set's first single to US radios on June 10, 1996.[2] The band premiered the song at the New Orleans premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.[2]

All-4-One's fourth top forty entry on the US Billboard Hot 100, the single peaked at number 30 on the chart. On Billboard's component charts, it reached number 14 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks. A music video for "Someday" was directed by Antoine Fuqua.[2]

Track listings[edit]

CD single[3]
  1. "Someday" (Radio Mix) — 4:19
  2. "Someday" (Album Version) — 4:17


Chart (1996) Peak
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[4] 14
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 30
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[6] 89

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[7] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Eternal version[edit]

Single by Eternal
from the album Before the Rain
Released July 29, 1996
Format CD single
Genre Pop, soul
Length 4:21
Label First Avenue
Producer(s) Simon Climie
Eternal singles chronology
"Good Thing"

In the United Kingdom, all–female trio Eternal lent their vocals to a second version of "Someday". Produced by Simon Climie, it was first released on First Avenue on July 29, 1996 in the UK.[8] The single became the group's eighth non-consecutive top ten entry on the UK Singles Chart and managed to reach the top thirty in Australia and Ireland. In 1997, it appeared on the trio's third studio album Before the Rain.

Track listings[edit]

CD single[9]
  1. "Someday"
  2. "When You Wish upon a Star"
  3. "A Whole New World"
  4. The Hunchback of Notre Dame ("Medley")


Chart (1996) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[10] 27
Germany (Media Control AG)[11] 92
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 18
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 4

Luis Miguel version[edit]

Single by Luis Miguel
from the album El Jorobado de Notre Dame: Banda Sonora en Español
Released 1996
Format CD single
Genre Latin pop
Length 4:59
Label Hollywood, WEA Latina
Producer(s) Walter Afanasieff
Luis Miguel singles chronology
"Amanecí en Tus Brazos"

For the Latin American music market, Disney enlisted Mexican singer Luis Miguel to record the Spanish rendition of "Someday" for the Latin American soundtrack. Miguel's version was included on his fourteenth studio album Nada Es Igual released in the same year.[14] The cover peaked at number 3 on the Hot Latin Songs chart and became his fourth number one song on the Latin Pop Songs chart.[15][16] A music video was filmed for Miguel's version.

Track listings[edit]

CD single[17]
  1. "Sueña" — 4:59
  2. "Someday" — 4:15


Chart (1996) Peak
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard)[15] 3
US Latin Pop Songs (Billboard)[16] 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Alan Menken)". Filmtracks. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  2. ^ a b c "'Hunchback' Soundtrack Tie-Ins Abound". Billboard. 1996-05-25. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  3. ^ "All-4-One - Someday (Hunchback of Notre Dame)-CDS-1996". Hollywood Records. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  4. ^ "All-4-One Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for All-4-One. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
  5. ^ "All-4-One Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for All-4-One. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
  6. ^ "All-4-One Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for All-4-One. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
  7. ^ "American single certifications – SOMEDAY (FROM HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME)". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  8. ^ "'Macarena' Scores Four For Spain". Billboard. 1996-06-29. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  9. ^ "Eternal - Someday". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  10. ^ " – Eternal – Someday". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
  11. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche –" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
  12. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
  13. ^ "Eternal" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 2012-09-23.
  14. ^ "Nada es Igual". Allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
  15. ^ a b "Luis Miguel Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Latin Songs for Luis Miguel. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  16. ^ a b "Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Latin Pop Songs for Luis Miguel. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  17. ^ "Cd Luis Miguel Sueña De Coleccion Muy Raro Solo Para Fans". MercardoLibre. Retrieved 2013-06-10.