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Our ranking of the best Jungle Book songs & covers

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Disney built a reputation for producing musical hit after musical hit, and The Jungle Book is no exception. Nearly fifty years after the animation’s first release, the film’s songs are still beloved. Three of its iconic tunes were included in the new version of The Jungle Book, which came out this year (available on Sky Cinema from Christmas Day). Many more artists have taken the songs and made them their own. With so many versions of the film’s musical numbers now available, we thought it was a (bare) necessity to determine once and for all which is the best. So, without further ado, here is our (ahem) expert ranking. Just trust in us.


13. My Own Home, Darlene Carr, The Jungle Book (1967)


We’re going to come out and say it. This song isn’t really our thing. Sure, the melody is nice enough to listen to, but the lyrics are rather old school. So sorry, My Own Home, but you’re last.

12. That’s What Friends are For (The Vulture Song),  J. Pat O'Malley, Chad Stuart, Lord Tim Hudson, Leo De Lyon, Bruce Reitherman, and Bill Lee, The Jungle Book (1967)


Granted, That’s What Friends are For is one of the lesser-known songs from the original film, but we do quite like this barbershop quartet.

11. Colonel Hathi’s March, J. Pat O'Malley and Verna Felton, chorus ("pachyderm chorus"), The Jungle Book (1967)

Colonel Hathi’s March is only very short, but it’s got great rhythm, and we love how the elephants’ trumpeting are integrated into the song.

 

10.  The Bare Necessities, Bill Murray & Kermit Ruffins, The Jungle Book (2016)


While this version captures the lazy, relaxed attitude of Baloo’s character perfectly, we’ve got to admit that we like Bill Murray’s duet with Neel Sethi just that much better (see below).

 

9. Trust in Me, Sterling Holloway, The Jungle Book (1967)


The original Kaa song is just the right mix of creepy, eerie and funny. And Mowgli’s googly eyes are just bound to make anyone giggle.

 

8. Trust in Me, Scarlett Johansson, The Jungle Book (2016)


Scarlett Johansson’s beautiful voice and enchanting-yet-threatening, delivery takes this tune to a whole new level and we are, frankly, hypnotised (geddit?).

 

7.  I Wanna Be Like You, Fall Out Boy


This rock version of I Wanna Be Like You by Fall Out Boy just gets us shaking along every time.

 

6. I Wanna Be Like You, Christopher Walken, The Jungle Book (2016)


The song in Christopher Walken’s voice sounds quite a lot different from the original, but we like its eeriness. Plus, his gangster-type King Louie is just awesome. Period.

 

5. I Wanna Be Like You, Robbie Williams & Olly Murs


Watching Robbie Williams and Olly Murs delivering their cover of I Wanna Be Like You is simply a joyous thing.

 

4. I Wanna Be Like You/ The Bare Necessities, The Overtones


Vocal harmony group the Overtones have simply gorgeous voices, and we love how well they fused the film’s two most popular tunes together.

 

3. The Bare Necessities, Phil Harris and Bruce Reitherman, The Jungle Book (1967)


Almost nothing can beat watching Baloo dance around and act out the lyrics of this epic song. Can it?

 

2. I Wanna Be Like You, Louis Prima and Phil Harris, The Jungle Book (1967)


Despite the numerous covers, we don’t think any can top the original I Wanna Be Like You. How else could you catch King Louie’s dazzling moves, the humour of his upstart trumpetist, and the sheer shock factor of Baloo erupting into the scene in the lamest monkey costume ever?

 

1. The Bare Necessities, Bill Murray & Neel Sethi, Jimmy Kimmel (2016)


We’re going to give the crown to this version of The Bare Necessities, sung on Jimmy Kimmel, just because it’s so, so, cute. Bill Murray and Neel Sethi just make an adorable pair in this rendition.