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(s) Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz
Producer(s) 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. It was one of three recordings, along with "In a Place of Miracles" and "As Long as There's a Moon", that were discarded during the storyboarding process to be replaced by "God Help the Outcasts." The directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise both desired a quieter song for Esmeralda's scene inside Notre Dame cathedral. While not featured in the body of the film, a cover of "Someday" is heard over the closing credits.[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 female 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 Italian version was recorded by Neri per Caso, retitled "Quando". 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. The Korean version was recorded by R&B trio Solid, which was released in Korea as a bonus track of the original soundtrack album.[2]

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, gospel
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.[3] The band premiered the song at the New Orleans premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.[3]

All-4-One's fourth and final top 40 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.[3]

Track listings[edit]

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


Chart (1996) Peak
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[5] 14
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 30
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[7] 89

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[8] Gold 0^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Eternal version[edit]

Single by Eternal
from the album Before the Rain
Released 5 August 1996
Format CD single
Recorded 1996
Genre Pop, soul, gospel
Length 4:21
Label First Avenue
Producer(s) Simon Climie
Eternal singles chronology
"Good Thing"
Eric Clapton singles chronology

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 5 August 1996 in the UK.[9] 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. The band performed the song for the first time in over a decade for a one-off concert put together as part of the second season of the TV series The Big Reunion.

Track listings[edit]

CD single[10]
  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)[11] 27
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 92
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 18
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 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 4:19
Label Walt Disney
Writer(s) Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Renato López, Ignacio "Kiko" Cibrian, Gerardo Flores
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-language rendition of "Someday" for the Latin American soundtrack. It was adapted into Spanish by Renato López, Kiko Cibrian, and Gerardo Flores.[15] Miguel's version was included on his eleventh studio album Nada Es Igual... released in the same year.[16] 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.[17][18] A music video was filmed for Miguel's version.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Sueña" — 4:19
  2. "Someday" — 4:15


Chart (1996) Peak
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard)[17] 3
US Latin Pop Songs (Billboard)[18] 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Alan Menken)". Filmtracks. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b c 'Hunchback' Soundtrack Tie-Ins Abound. Billboard. 1996-05-25. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  4. ^ "All-4-One - Someday (Hunchback of Notre Dame)-CDS-1996". Hollywood Records. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  5. ^ "All-4-One – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for All-4-One. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
  6. ^ "All-4-One – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for All-4-One. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
  7. ^ "All-4-One – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for All-4-One. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
  8. ^ "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
  9. ^ 'Macarena' Scores Four For Spain. Billboard. 1996-06-29. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  10. ^ "Eternal - Someday". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  11. ^ " – Eternal – Someday". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
  12. ^ " – Eternal Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
  13. ^ "Chart Track: Week 37, 1996". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
  14. ^ "Eternal: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-09-23.
  15. ^ "Fernanda Meade interpreta 2 temas en "El Jorobado"". El Siglo del Torreon (in Spanish). 1996-07-01. p. 36. Retrieved 2016-10-04. 
  16. ^ "Nada es Igual". Allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
  17. ^ a b "Luis Miguel – Chart history" Billboard Hot Latin Songs for Luis Miguel. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  18. ^ a b "Luis Miguel – Chart history" Billboard Latin Pop Songs for Luis Miguel. Retrieved 2013-06-10.