The song was performed in its original show-tune version in the film by American actress and singer Idina Menzel in her vocal role as Queen Elsa. It was later released as a single,   being promoted to adult contemporary radio by Walt Disney Records in January Disney's music division planned to release Lovato's version of the song before Menzel's, as they did not consider Menzel's version a traditional pop song. It is the first song from a Disney animated musical to reach the top ten of the Billboard Hot since , when Vanessa L. Williams ' " Colors of the Wind " from Pocahontas peaked at number four on the chart. The song is also Menzel's first single to reach the top 10 on the Billboard Hot chart, making her the first Tony Award winner for acting to ever reach the top The song presents Queen Elsa, who flees her kingdom when she publicly loses control of her ability to generate ice. Up in the mountains and away from the townspeople, Elsa realizes that she no longer needs to hide her ability, and rejoices in being able to use her power freely, to "let it go". She sheds her royal accessories, creates a living snowman , and builds a magnificent ice castle for herself.
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Passenger and Chris Vallejo. The song has achieved international success, topping the charts in many countries around the world, and has sold over one million digital copies in the UK, and over four million in the US as of July The lyrics of the song are poetic and melancholic, describing the regrets associated with ending a relationship. The verses give detailed scenes involving a heartbroken man dealing with his breakup.