The Lion King soundtrack: 2019 remake's full song list is revealed, including new Elton John song

10 July 2019, 09:49 | Updated: 10 July 2019, 09:51

By Tom Eames

Disney has confirmed the full tracklisting for the soundtrack of the upcoming Lion King remake.

And fear not, all the classic songs from the original 1994 animation are there, including 'I Just Can't Wait to Be King', 'Be Prepared' and 'Hakuna Matata'.

Not only that, but there will be a brand new song by Sir Elton John titled 'Never Too Late', but this has yet to be released.

The Lion King remake: All you need to know so far

It was already known that 'Circle of Life' and 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' would be returning for the remake, and a recent trailer gave fans a sneak peak of stars Donald Glover and Beyoncé singing the latter.

Meanwhile, Beyoncé has curated her own spinoff album, titled The Lion King: The Gift, which contains original music with African influences, including her new song 'Spirit', which also appears on the main soundtrack.

Here's the full soundtrack, including Hans Zimmer's score:

1. Lindiwe Mkhize / Lebo M: 'Circle of Life / Nants' Ingonyama'

2. Hans Zimmer: 'Life's Not Fair'

3. Hans Zimmer: 'Rafiki's Fireflies'

4. JD McCrary / Shahadi Wright Joseph / John Oliver: 'I Just Can't Wait to Be King'

5. Hans Zimmer: 'Elephant Graveyard'

6. Chiwetel Ejiofor: 'Be Prepared (2019 Version)'

7. Hans Zimmer: 'Stampede'

8. Hans Zimmer: 'Scar Takes the Throne'

9. Billy Eichner / Seth Rogen / JD McCrary / Donald Glover: 'Hakuna Matata'

10. Hans Zimmer: 'Simba Is Alive!'

11. Billy Eichner / Seth Rogen: 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'

12. Beyoncé / Donald Glover / Billy Eichner / Seth Rogen: 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight'

13. Hans Zimmer: 'Reflections of Mufasa'

14. Beyoncé: 'Spirit'

15. Hans Zimmer: 'Battle for Pride Rock'

16. Hans Zimmer: 'Remember'

17. Elton John: 'Never Too Late'

18. Lebo M: 'He Lives in You'

19. Lebo M: 'Mbube'

The soundtrack will get a digital release on July 11, followed by a physical version on July 19.

The Lion King soundtrack
The Lion King soundtrack. Picture: Disney

The soundtrack African vocal and choir arrangements by Lebo M, while Pharrell Williams produced five of the songs including 'I Just Can’t Wait to Be King' and 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight'.

The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack by Beyoncé - what is the tracklist?

On July 10, Beyoncé unveiled her brand new song 'Spirit', which features on both the main Lion King soundtrack and her spinoff album The Gift. The album will be released on July 19.

The album will feature new songs inspired by the film, while Beyoncé described it as "sonic cinema" and said that the film "is a new experience of storytelling".

Spirit (From Disney's "The Lion King")

The album "is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip hop and Afro Beat". Beyoncé also said that "[she] wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline" and that the songs were inspired by the remake's storyline, which "gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation".

The songs were produced by African producers, which Beyoncé said was because "[a]uthenticity and heart were important to [her]", since the film is set in Africa.

The original Lion King featured songs written by Elton and Sir Tim Rice, and the new film will be made with the help of another British icon: Sir David Attenborough.

Director Jon Favreau has said that the legendary presenter's documentaries helped to influence the look of the movie and how the animals behaved.

"There's a common acceptance that this is how nature looks," he said. "So we're trying to import that sense of realism by borrowing their techniques."

Animation supervisor Andrew R Jones also said: "You have to elevate their status slightly, but without breaking their physicality by giving them obviously human-like gestures.

"We did some tests of that. The second you push it too far it feels like a cartoon. Like it's no longer a living thing, but an object someone's puppeteering around."

The Lion King hits cinemas on July 19.