Randy Newman, Toy Story
An approachable entry point for parents looking to introduce children to orchestral music
Although Toy Story is arguably the most famous of Newman’s countless original film scores, and although it contains the instant-classic buddy anthem “You’ve Got A Friend In Me,” the album still couldn’t quite break Newman’s famous bridesmaid’s streak at the Academy Awards. (He wouldn’t win until his 16th Oscar nomination, for Monsters Inc., in 2001). In any event, the album – which is largely instrumental compositions – stands as an approachable entry point for parents looking to introduce children to orchestral music. And it also contains another pop song (the wistful “I Will Go Sailing No More”) that ranks among the most beautiful tunes Newman has ever written.