Warning! MINOR SPOILERS for Frozen 2 ahead.
Frozen 2's soundtrack boasts a sensational collection of songs ranging from power anthems to soaring ballads, and many are sure to become karaoke classics. Actresses Idina Menzel and Kristin Bell reprise their roles as Queen Elsa and Princess Anna, as do Jonathan Groff as Kristoff and Josh Gad as Olaf. Joining them in the sequel, however, is a new voice in Evan Rachel Wood's Queen Iduna, Anna and Elsa's mother.
As was the case with the original Frozen, the sequel's score is composed by Christophe Beck. The original songs are written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and her husband, Robert Lopez. And where in the first film, "Let it Go" dwarfed every other song on the soundtrack, Frozen 2's songs are a more balanced composition. Here's every song heard in Frozen 2:
- "All Is Found" - Evan Rachel Wood
- "Some Things Never Change" - Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff
- "Into the Unknown" - Idina Menzel feat. Aurora
- "When I Am Older" - Josh Gad
- "Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People" (cont.) - Jonathan Groff
- "Lost in the Woods" - Jonathan Groff
- "Show Yourself" - Idina Menzel & Evan Rachel Wood
- "The Next Right Thing" - Kristin Bell
- "Into the Unknown" - Panic! at the Disco
- "All Is Found" - Kacey Musgraves
- "Lost in the Woods" - Weezer
- "Vuelie" & "The Reindeer Circle" - Cantus
Frozen II begins with a flashback to when Anna and Elsa were children and their father, King Agnarr, is telling them the story of the enchanted forest. The scene includes the film's first song, "All is Found", sung by their mother, Queen Iduna. It's a lullaby but also a clue to what lies ahead for her children, and Anna and Elsa reprise the song whenever they need comforting. Back in the present, Frozen II catches up with each character through the tune "Some Things Never Change". It begins with Anna helping Olaf come to terms with life's changes and then transitions to Kristoff and Elsa as each sing a refrain establishing where the sequel finds them. The song ends with the entire town joining in as they celebrate how far they've come and look towards the future of Arendelle.
Later at night in the castle, Elsa continues to hear a voice only she can hear calling to her, and in the next song, "Into the Unknown", Elsa grapples with whether or not to answer. The clear successor to Frozen's "Let It Go", this song channels more Broadway than Disney as it sees Elsa relish in her growing powers before using them to unexpectedly kick off the film's big adventure. Along with Menzel's vocals, the song also features Norwegian pop star Aurora as the ethereal voice. Once off on their adventure into the unknown, Olaf gets a song about how new things can be scary but will make sense later, or, "When I Am Older". Striking a similar comedic tone as Frozen's "In Summer", this song also imparts an important message about growing up that's clearly directed at the youngest viewers in the audience. It's also, basically, the musical embodiment of the 'This Is Fine' meme, which is sure to delight older viewers.
The next pair of numbers are from Kristoff, who fans will recall didn't have any songs in the first Frozen outside of "Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People". That song gets reprised in the sequel, but this time it leads into "Lost in the Woods". This song is a better opportunity for Groff to flex his vocal talent, and it also gives Kristoff some much needed character development. Not to mention, the staging of the scene in addition to the song itself is a hilarious send-up of '80s rock power ballads.
The final songs of Frozen 2 are certainly the most affecting, with both Anna and Elsa contending with big, emotional moments. The first of these is "Show Yourself", a song in where Elsa finally learns the answers to questions she's been asking all her life. It incorporates portions of the earlier "All is Found", building into a duet between mother and daughter as Elsa comes to fully understand the purpose for which she was born. Anna's final song, "The Next Right Thing" is a shockingly dark number for Frozen 2 that again pulls more from the Broadway tradition than typical Disney fare. It begins with Anna consumed by grief, but her determination to see things through eventually enables her to rise above it.
In addition to these songs performed by Frozen 2's main cast, the film also includes, "Vuelie", the opening number from the first Frozen. Written by Norwegian composer Frode Fjellheim and drawing on indigenous Saami and Scandinavian culture, another interpretation of the song heard in the film with "The Reindeer Circle". Finally, there are also three songs that play during Frozen II's credits, all of which are covers performed by popular artists: Panic! at the Disco's "Into the Unknown", Kacey Musgrave's "All is Found", and Weezer's "Lost in the Woods". A Korean language version of "Into the Unknown" has also been recorded by pop star, Taeyeon for the Korean release of the film.
- Frozen II (2019) release date: Nov 22, 2019