One of the great anthems of the Disney Renaissance is now certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)! Yes, as of today, January 21, 2020, the song “Colors of the Wind” from Walt Disney Pictures’ Pocahontas has been sold over 1 million units.
When Pocahontas was released in 1995, the song “Colors of the Wind” quickly became every Disniac’s favorite. Still to this day, there’s a good chance people will think this song first whenever someone mentions the movie. It was written, along with the rest of the movie’s soundtrack, by Disney Legend Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. The same duo gave us the chilling soundtrack for Disney’s Hunckback of Notre Dame.
“Colors of the Wind” was sung by Judy Kuhn as Pocahontas gave John Smith (Mel Gibson) a whole new perspective on the nature that surrounded him. But it also asks us to reflect on our connection to nature as well, subtly breaking the fourth wall to ask each of us: “Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon/ or asked the grinning bobcat why he grinned?/ Can you sing with all the voices of the mountain?/ Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?/ Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?”
Criteria for Platinum Status
To reach this achievement, “Colors of the Wind” had to pass certain levels of sales criteria beyond just the number of units sold.
These criteria include:
- The song has been released in its physical form for more than 30 days.
- Sales numbers exclude pre-order sales and export sales outside of the U.S.
- Only direct sales to the United States Military Post Exchanges can be counted.
So, that means “Colors of the Wind” finally recorded over 1,000,000 units sold in the United States. Guess the only question left is, “Did it really take that long?”
Take a Listen
It wouldn’t be much of a celebratory article if we didn’t include the song. So, take a few minutes and listen to Disney’s latest Platinum song: