The Princess and the Frog (soundtrack)

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The Princess and the Frog: Original Songs and Score
The Princess and the Frog Soundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released November 23, 2009
Recorded 2009
Genre Jazz, soul, gospel, R&B, zydeco
Label Walt Disney
Producer Randy Newman
Walt Disney Animation Studios chronology
The Princess and the Frog
Randy Newman chronology
(2008) Leatherheads2008
The Princess and the Frog
(2009) The Princess and the Frog2009
Toy Story 3
(2010) Toy Story 32010
Singles from The Princess and the Frog: Original Songs and Score
  1. "Never Knew I Needed"
    Released: October 27, 2009

The Princess and the Frog: Original Songs and Score is the soundtrack of the 2009 Disney animated film The Princess and the Frog. It was released by Walt Disney Records on November 23, 2009, just a day before the limited release of the film in New York City and Los Angeles. It contains ten original songs and seven score pieces, all but one of which were composed, arranged and conducted by composer Randy Newman.[1] "Never Knew I Needed" was written and performed by Ne-Yo. The song had an accompanying music video which featured rotation on Disney Channel. The song was also sent to rhythmic radio on October 27, 2009.[2] The songs are performed by various artists most of which lend their voices to characters in the film. The score features African-American-influenced styles including jazz, zydeco, blues and gospel.[3]

"Almost There" and "Down in New Orleans" were both nominated in the Best Original Song category at the 82nd Academy Awards; they lost to "The Weary Kind". "Down in New Orleans" was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media at the 2011 Grammy Awards.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Randy Newman except "Never Knew I Needed" which was written by Ne-Yo.

1."Never Knew I Needed"Ne-Yo3:38
2."Down in New Orleans (Prologue)"Anika Noni Rose0:28
3."Down in New Orleans"Dr. John2:27
4."Almost There"Anika Noni Rose2:24
5."Friends on the Other Side"Keith David3:35
6."When We're Human"Michael-Leon Wooley, Bruno Campos and Anika Noni Rose featuring Terence Blanchard2:22
7."Gonna Take You There"Jim Cummings featuring Terrance Simien on Accordion1:46
8."Ma Belle Evangeline"Jim Cummings featuring Terence Blanchard1:56
9."Dig a Little Deeper"Jenifer Lewis featuring the Pinnacle Gospel Choir and Anika Noni Rose2:48
10."Down in New Orleans (Finale)"Anika Noni Rose1:38
11."Fairy Tale/Going Home" (score)Randy Newman4:17
12."I Know this Story" (score)Randy Newman5:27
13."The Frog Hunters/Gator Down" (score)Randy Newman6:04
14."Tiana's Bad Dream" (score)Randy Newman6:22
15."Ray Laid Low" (score; with a reprise of "Almost There")Randy Newman; cameo appearance by Anika Noni Rose3:22
16."Ray/Mama Odie" (score)Randy Newman4:01
17."This is Gonna Be Good" (score)Randy Newman3:20


Chart Peak
U.S. Billboard 200[5] 80


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[6]
Filmtracks4/5 stars[7]

In 2010, Rhapsody called it one of the all-time great Disney & Pixar soundtracks.[8]


  1. ^ "Disney's The Princess and the Frog soundtrack". Starpulse. Retrieved December 19, 2009. 
  2. ^ FMQB
  3. ^ "The Princess and the Frog Soundtrack". Archived from the original on December 13, 2009. Retrieved December 19, 2009. 
  4. ^ Morris, Christopher (December 1, 2010). "53rd Annual Grammy nominees". Variety. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  5. ^ "The Princess and the Frog [Original Songs and Score] – Randy Newman". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  6. ^ Allmusic review
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ 10 Essential Disney & Pixar Soundtracks Archived October 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Referenced July 27, 2010

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