The “Encanto” Earworm “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” Makes Music History
You may have heard that Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s soundtrack for Encanto has become a massive musical hit, returning this week to number 1 on Billboard’s album chart, beating out stiff competition from superstar the Weekend. More to the point, the soundtrack’s biggest earworm, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” has surpassed Frozen‘s Oscar-winning smash “Let It Go” as the biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit from a Disney animated film since Aladdin.
“We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” written by Miranda and credited to Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz, and the Encanto cast, has now hit number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. This means it’s the second-highest rank for a song from a Disney animated film, behind only Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle’s “A Whole New World,” from Aladdin, which hit number 1 in 1993. “Bruno” has now surpassed Elton John’s “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” from Lion King, which hit number 4 in 1994, and Vanessa William’s “Colors of the Wind,” from Pocahontas, which also hit number 4 in 1995.
Miranda told Billboard he was humbled by the company his tune now keeps and amazed at the success of “Bruno” considering “ensemble numbers don’t usually get this kind of love.”
“We Don’t Talk About Bruno” has also been translated into 46 languages (and counting), from Bahasa Malaysian to Greek to Norwegian to Korean to Taiwanese Mandarin to Vietnamese—you get it. And, the song has inspired thousands of loving tributes on TikTok, which has only furthered its reach and success.
You can hear this world-beating song sung in 21 of those languages below:
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Featured image: “Encanto” features the voices of (clockwise starting from center) Stephanie Beatriz as the only ordinary child in the Madrigal family; Ravi Cabot-Conyers, Rhenzy Feliz and Adassa as Mirabel’s cousins Antonio, Camilo and Dolores, respectively; Mauro Castillo, and Carolina Gaitan as Mirabel’s uncle and aunt, Félix and Pepa; María Cecilia Botero as Mirabel’s grandmother, Abuela Alma; Angie Cepeda and Wilmer Valderrama as Mirabel’s parents, Julieta and Agustín; and Jessica Darrow and Diane Guererro as Mirabel’s sisters Luisa and Isabela. © 2021 Disney. All Rights Reserved.