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Song by Heidi Mollenhauer
Recorded 1996
Songwriter(s) Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz

"Someday" is a song from Disney's 1996 animated feature film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It was written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz and originally recorded by American singer and actress Heidi Mollenhauer in her film role as the singing voice of Esmeralda. It was one of three recordings, along with "In a Place of Miracles" and "As Long as There's a Moon", that were discarded during the storyboarding process to be replaced by "God Help the Outcasts." The codirectors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise both desired a quieter song for Esmeralda's scene inside the Notre Dame cathedral.

Selected as the lead single from the film's soundtrack in 1996, "Someday" was recorded by all–male R&B group All-4-One for the North American release, while British female R&B trio Eternal recorded their own version for the British English version of the song which received international release throughout Europe and Oceania. Mexican singer Luis Miguel recorded a Spanish version for the Latin American market, retitled "Sueña", which became a major hit. The Italian version was recorded by Neri per Caso, retitled "Quando". The youngest Celtic Woman member Chloë Agnew covered this song for her solo album called Walking in the Air and her first Celtic Woman album. Jackie Evancho covered this song for the target deluxe version of her album Dream With Me. The Korean version was recorded by R&B trio Solid, which was released in Korea as a bonus track of the original soundtrack album. In 2016, the song was included in the musical version of the film as performed by Ciara Renée and Andrew Samonsky as Esmeralda and Phoebus.

Within the film itself, the only complete version of "Someday" is the All-4-One version which plays over the closing credits. Several lines of the song are also heard over the opening title. This version is sung in Latin in the style of a Gregorian chant and is titled "Olim", meaning "once", on the soundtrack of the stage musical. Within the body of the film, the melody of "Someday" is heard several times as an instrumental, particularly during moments between Quasimodo and Esmeralda, such as when Esmeralda comes onto the pillory, when she reads Quasimodo's palms, and when Quasimodo thinks that Esmeralda is dead. These are on the film soundtrack as "Humiliation (Score)", "The Bell Tower (Score)", and "And He Shall Smite the Wicked (Score)".

All-4-One version

Single by All-4-One
from the album The Hunchback of Notre Dame: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack
Released June 10, 1996
Genre Pop, soul, R&B, gospel
Length 4:17
Label Walt Disney, Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Alan Menken (music)
Stephen Schwartz (lyrics)
Producer(s) Walter Afanasieff
All-4-One singles chronology
"These Arms"
"I Turn to You"

For the American music market, Disney enlisted R&B band All-4-One to record their own rendition of "Someday" for the film's accompanying soundtrack. While the album version of their recording was produced and arranged by William Ross, songwriter Walter Afanasieff was consulted to produce a radio mix of the song which was released by Walt Disney Records and Atlantic Records as the set's first single to US radios on June 10, 1996. The band premiered the song at the New Orleans premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

All-4-One's fourth and final top 40 entry on the US Billboard Hot 100, the single peaked at number 30 on the chart. On Billboard's component charts, it reached number 14 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks. A music video for "Someday" was directed by Antoine Fuqua.

Track listings

CD single

  1. "Someday" (Radio Mix) — 4:19
  2. "Someday" (Album Version) — 4:17


Chart (1996) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 57
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) 26
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 41
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard) 14
US Billboard Hot 100 30
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 89

Sales and certifications

Region Certification Sales
United States (RIAA) Gold 0^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Eternal version

CD Single Cover for Eternal Someday CD1.jpg
Single by Eternal
from the album Before the Rain
Released August 5, 1996
Recorded 1996
Genre Pop, soul, gospel
Length 4:21
Label First Avenue
Songwriter(s) Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz
Producer(s) Simon Climie
Eternal singles chronology
"Who Are You?"

In the United Kingdom, all-female trio Eternal lent their vocals to a second version of "Someday". Produced by Simon Climie, it was first released on First Avenue on August 5, 1996 in the UK. The single became the group's eighth top-ten entry on the UK Singles Chart—where it peaked at number four—and managed to reach the top 30 in Australia and Ireland. As of 2019, it has sold 130,000 copies in the United Kingdom. In 1997, it appeared on the trio's third studio album Before the Rain. The band performed the song for the first time in over a decade for a one-off concert put together as part of the second season of the TV series The Big Reunion.

Track listings

CD single

  1. "Someday"
  2. "When You Wish upon a Star"
  3. "A Whole New World"
  4. The Hunchback of Notre Dame ("Medley")


Weekly charts

Chart (1996–1997) Peak
Australia (ARIA) 27
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 37
Germany (Official German Charts) 92
Ireland (IRMA) 18
Scotland (OCC) 5
UK Singles (OCC) 4

Year-end charts

Chart (1996) Position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 97


Region Certification Sales
United Kingdom 130,000^

Luis Miguel version

Single by Luis Miguel
from the album El Jorobado de Notre Dame: Banda Sonora en Español
Released 1996
Genre Latin pop
Length 4:19
Label Walt Disney
Songwriter(s) Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Renato López, Ignacio "Kiko" Cibrian, Gerardo Flores
Producer(s) Walter Afanasieff
Luis Miguel singles chronology
"Amanecí en Tus Brazos"

For the Latin American music market, Disney enlisted Mexican singer Luis Miguel to record the Spanish-language rendition of "Someday" for the Latin American soundtrack. It was adapted into Spanish by Renato López, Kiko Cibrian, and Gerardo Flores. Luis Miguel's version was included on his eleventh studio album Nada Es Igual... released in the same year. The cover peaked at number 3 on the Hot Latin Songs chart and became his fourth number one song on the Latin Pop Songs chart. A music video was filmed for Luis Miguel's version.

Track listings

CD single

  1. "Sueña" — 4:19
  2. "Someday" — 4:15


Chart (1996) Peak
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard) 3
US Latin Pop Airplay (Billboard) 1

See also

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