Was there anyone who escaped Elsa’s spell in 2014? The Frozen soundtrack was the biggest selling album of the year. “Let It Go” won an Oscar. The movie’s director even personally apologized to parents for the film’s ubiquitous tunes.
A cottage industry of covers went viral, with parents, children and the odd animal giving the songs their own spin. We toast the best, the worst, and the most heart-meltingly adorable performers who let it go this year.
Most Adorable Duet: Parent and Child
Never mind that this square-jawed father could give Kristoff a run for his money in the dashing department — this dad-daughter duo’s “Love Is An Open Door” duet is supercharged with inner cuteness. Their back-and-forths on the “with you”s is how it’s done, folks.
Most Adorable Duet: Just Parents
YouTube stars’ Sam and Nia nail the lip-synch on “Love Is An Open Door,” but their daughter steals the scene from the backseat with her complete ambivalence.
Most Adorable Duet: Questionably Actually Parents
In reaction to the Sam and Nia version, Eric and Emily Baker sang a live version of “Love Is An Open Door” in their car, although actual children are conspicuously absent. They also put their own spin on the ending. What do you mean “no”?
Best Foreign Language Cover
Why sing “Let It Go” in just one language when you can sing it in 25? This video from the Frozen DVD and Blu-Ray covers everything from Catalan to Canadian French, although the Canadian English version, “Let ‘er Go,” doesn’t make the cut.
Best American Sign Language Cover
The best part about “Love Is An Open Door” “sung” in American Sign Language is the slight chance of learning some of the language. You will definitely learn the sign for door!
Best Solo Performance
Voice actor Brian Hall performs “Let It Go” in a full-court of Magic Kingdom styles, including Timon and Pumbaa, Captain Jack Sparrow, Goofy, Lumiere and Winnie The Pooh. Mickey Mouse makes a welcome appearance on the build.
Best Performance By A Dog, Cat Or Hamster
It looks like Idina Menzel’s fanbase has officially crossed over to the animal kingdom. This puppy wakes up from his nap at the first tinkles of “Let It Go”‘s piano and proceeds to howl along with it like he’s people.
Best Worst Cover
During an appearance on Ellen, Ellen and Kristen Wiig performed a version of “Let It Go” that they predicted would be “the worst of all the videos.” It wasn’t false modesty — neither of them knew the song. But their performance is so hilarious, you’ll wish Kristen and Ellen would sing all the Disney songs they don’t know together.
Worst Genre-Bending Cover
This hair-metal cover of “Let It Go” would have been right at home on Wayne’s World, but since that was two decades ago, it plays more like the pop-rock theme song from a bad Frozen video game. It’s in desperate need of a female vocal from a Shirley Manson type.
Worst Worst Cover
They named it “the remix,” but what they mean is the Texan dad doesn’t know the words to “Let It Go.” That doesn’t stop him from hamming his way through the song while prompting his toddler to sing louder — because if there’s one thing toddlers need to do, it’s sing “Let It Go” louder.