Best Les Miserables Songs

This list will rate the top songs from one of the greatest musicals of all time: Les Miserables.

The Top Ten

One Day More One Day More Cover Art

While I wouldn't put it first, One Day More is an amazing and stirring song that gets stuck in your head and really captures the spirit of Les Miserables as a whole.

This song has been my absolute favorite if I’m being unbiased. I love how it combines melodies from Who Am I? and I Dreamed A Dream - both 2 amazing songs. My only criticism is Russell Crowe’s voice, but it’s being unfair to criticize the song for that. I love when Cosette starts singing, Valjean looks over at her with surprise and curiosity. Éponine’s part was great as always with so much emotion; Samantha Barks = best portrayal in the movie. Thénardiers are hilarious as always. Enjolras is so inspiring in this movie and I love his part. This song will be stuck in my head one day more.

This song is just outstanding. It is by far my favorite song in Les Misérables. Every time I listen to it I get this giddy feeling. It gets stuck in my head. Its just amazing. I love how they have like seven people each singing a different song at one time and it STILL goes together! Its brilliant and beautiful!

I cry every time I hear this song because I just get overwhelmed with the sheer magnificence of every single voice in this song all overlapping and harmonizing and its just perfection.

Do You Hear the People Sing? Do You Hear the People Sing? Cover Art

Amazing melody. I prefer how everybody started singing at once but at a low volume and then crescendo over in the original London recording where it was just one person singing at a time. Choreography was amazing and this will be stick in my head forever.

It touches heart! "do you hear the people sing, singing the song of angry men? Its is the music of a people who will not be slaves again" so touchy!

This song just really lifts your spirits and gets you into a patriotic mood. It has a catchy tune and is hard to forget, which I love.

I would put this one third. It starts out quiet and gentle, but then gets stronger. I really love this song.

On My Own On My Own Cover Art

Samantha Banks' performance in this song is easily the best surprise of the movie. Anne Hathaway's version of "I Dreamed a Dream" is positively brilliant and one for the ages, but "On My Own" in this movie totally caught me by surprise, with how good it is...

Honestly, how can you not love this song? Samantha Barks brought the extreme emotion that makes almost everyone cry, and at least puts them into tears. When you take the time to look at this song lyric by lyric, it's such an innovative and touching song.

I think that this ballad deserves the title of best Les Miserables song because it really shows the emotional issues and heartbreak Éponine suffers. Samantha Barks, Lea Solonga, Francis Ruffelle and Kaho Shimada all sang it beautifully and extraordinarily. I find it hard to believe that this isn't everybody's favorite song.

Samantha has a superb voice and I recall her in Andrew Lloyd Webbers completion for Annie - the girl from the Isle of Man I think - a lovely girl and a powerful voice - I am glad Rusty didn't get his claws into her.

I Dreamed a Dream I Dreamed a Dream Cover Art

My favorite song in the show, no contest. Fantine sings about how the world looks down on her when all she really wanted was love. She was so young and naive, and nothing turned out the way she expected it to. Sometimes dreams really are just dreams. This song is heartbreaking and one to remember.

The lyrics are so representative of how the people, especially women, felt during the time. The lyrical and slow melody further facilitated the people to feel the mood of the song, and how some dreams are just dreams, not reality.

This song is so sad, and makes you feel terrible for Fantine. And the emotion in Anne Hathaway's voice doesn't help.

I love this song especially by Anne Hathaway

Empty Chairs at Empty Tables Empty Chairs at Empty Tables Cover Art

This song is one of the saddest in the whole show. Seriously, Marius is singing about survivor's guilt and his dead friends who will "sing no more." What could be sadder than that?

This is such a sad song, Sooo many families are doing their own thing, thinking they are Sooo busy nowadays that we can't even dedicated a day for dinner and love. This is what it's going to be... and it will be to late. Family!

So sad, so powerful, so emotional. Especially the version sang by Ramin Karmloo, it just takes you to a place of mourning and loss like nothing else does.

Gareth Gates' performance was astounding, but there are several actors who have also blown me away.

Stars Stars Cover Art

Javert is possibly the most interesting character in Les Mis, and for me he's a big part of what makes it so great. He makes it something else other than a straightforward tale of good versus evil - it's more like good versus a different vision of good, faith and forgiveness versus uncompromising justice. And Stars, as well as being catchy as anything, is the song that articulates Javert's vision of the way the world works. He's wrong, but he's honourably wrong, and this is where we see why.

Fitting for the name of Javert’s song to be named stars.

Javert sees himself as the immovable hand of the law, strong and righteous. He cannot be swayed and he will never give up until his judgement is passed.

Stars are immovable. You cannot change stars and therefore cannot move them. They stay fixed, like Javert’s ideals.

Really shows how determined Javert is. Russell Crowe’s singing is... well it’s Russell Crowe’s singing, but I still appreciate the song itself.

Stars is a song that is sung by an evil man who thinks he is doing the right thing. What more can you ask for? All versions are great, unlike all some other songs. The song slowly builds up, kind in a way like Nessun Dorma, one of the greatest songs of all time.

Master of the House Master of the House Cover Art

Funniest song by far in the movie. Really shows how much the Thénardiers were scamming everybody, not just Fantine. You’d be lying if you said that this never got stuck in your head.

How is this above Red and Black? I'm sorry, it's a good, funny song, but honestly, it's the second worst out of the whole musical, only one step above Lovely Ladies. Red and Black should trade places with this song.

For a dark, depressing musical, this song really shines simply because it's anything but that. It's funny, lively, and a good change of pace

ALL of them deserve to be number one but I chose this because it's cheeky, lively and great to sing along to.

Castle on a Cloud Castle on a Cloud Cover Art

It's a beautiful song. When I listen to it I feel like crying because of the dire situation she's in. This song talks about freedom and is so sweet. I think this song clearly has my vote.

This song always brings tears to my eyes. It is very touching and tender

Little girl + Lullaby = Adorable

I love this song personally because I played little cossette in the les miserbales performance in australia and I toured with cameron mackintosh it was great

Bring Him Home Bring Him Home Cover Art

This song really shows how much character growth Valjean has had since the beginning of the film. At the beginning, he was pretty selfish and didn’t care about anyone but himself. Now, he’s risking himself for a random stranger who his adoptive daughter loves.

Heart wrenching! Beautiful melody! Sad lyrics. Best rendition by "VOX" at the "America has Talent" Show Best song ever.

This has so much feeling and pathos, especially when sung by the wonderful Alfie Boe

Never cried more at a song than this and On My Own. Absolutely beautiful

The Confrontation The Confrontation Cover Art

This song is by far the most exciting, and it really gives the audience a better understanding of the relationship between the two men. Their conflict with each other. Javert's single minded quest of putting Valjean back behind bars. Valjean's struggle to find meaning in a life where everything was taken from him.

I really think this is the most underrated songs in the whole show. Great character development, that is more raw then the big numbers. Watch the 10th anniversary performance. When they both sing at the same time, goosebumps all over.

I completely love this song, I really do. I love the never version with Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe so, so much. I think they are beautiful performers together.

This is the best. Try to sing the counterpoint (both parts at once) and Philip Quast destroys anyone else who ever attempted the song.

The Contenders

A Heart Full of Love A Heart Full of Love Cover Art

It paired with on my own are the most tear jerking songs up until near the end song in my opinion. You can feel all the emotion. You smile with cosette and marius, but you also can sit there and cry along with eponine. I dreamed a dream is the only other one that does hat to a person up until literally like right before the barricade.

This is literally the cutest song ever. Marius and Cosette are also my 2 favorite characters in the musical. I know that this song is super cheesy, but those types of songs tend to draw my attention.

I love this song, but mostly because of the part that Eponine has in it. "He was never mine to lose"? Chills, every time.

Is it bad that I just like this song because of Éponine's touching comments throughout? "He was never mine to lose... Why regret what cannot be..."

Red and Black

This song really captures the spirit of the revolution and of the young students who will risk anything to free their country.

I love the barricade boys, they don't have too large of a part but they stand for so much!

Easily the Best song in the entire play how it isn't even in the top ten is a travesty

I love this song so much. If there was a list of my favorite songs, it's in first place.

At the End of the Day At the End of the Day Cover Art

Out of all the songs in Les Miz, this one definitely gets stuck in my head the most. Other songs are popular for their meaningful lyrics, but this one has a catchy, rousing tune that just can't be missed.

The best song on the list its beautiful and amazing the song had a lot of strength and will give people that never smile or sing a chance at laughing to be honest it’s the best song on earth at the end of the day is difficult to pull of and a true song classic

I love this one! It is just classical theatre to me! I can't believe that more people haven't voted for this song.

best song of the in the whole 158 year that les miserable has been around for it simple is unmatchable and a true song that every heart should love to s a t u r n end back

Lovely Ladies

The tune itself is cheerful and bouncy, but underneath it is a very dark, twisted song!

Is it strange I play this in my car in the morning to wake me up?

A Little Fall of Rain

I agree with the comment about this song not being higher on the list. For me, this was the saddest song. Eponine loves Marius so much she gives her life just to deliver a note to him because the notes from Colette or Colette's father I can't remember for sure.. And Eponine knows how desperately Marius loves Colette because she loves Marius the same way. If the fact Eponine gave her life over such small a detail just because she knew it would make him happy, then you have no heart... That's the description of loving someone more than yourself... I wish I could find a love that great!

WHY ISN’T THIS SONG HIGHER?!?!?!?
Samantha Barks really is the best when you combine her amazing singing with how she just looks into Marius’ eyes, not caring about how she’s going to die. I cried so much the first time I watched this.

Comes on my broadway radio every day, and every time I make sure I don't use all my skips before it pops up. I love the song, but I am not mentally prepared for it. I don't think I ever will be. So amazingly sad, I cry every time. EVERY time.

This, On My Own, One Day More, Do You Hear the People Sing? (Finale), I Dreamed a Dream, and all of Eponine's parts all touch me very much. This song is my favorite still, especially when Eponine is played by Samantha Barks onstage or onscreen. I think it should definitely be at least in the top ten.

ABC Cafe / Red and Black

So so good, the words just make so much sense in expressing what’s going on

Javert's Suicide

The climax when he is falling and yelling always gives me chills, I wish that perfect moment would last longer.

The pure pain and confusion in this song (especially when sung by Quast) is perfect.

Way handle in the film version was great.

A wonderfully edn to a great story line

Valjean’s Death
Who Am I? Who Am I? Cover Art

How is this not higher up? A huge turning point for the morality of the main character, what the ENTIRE story is based on.

Fantastic moment when he reminds himself of who he is

€�Two-four-six-oh-ONE! ” Incredible. Goosebumps. This song should be way higher.

Little People

Best song loved it

This was the best and tje worst song why because its just amazing no explications but the scene is extremely sad

Look Down Look Down Cover Art

Probablly my all time favorite song from Les Mis. Gives me goosebumps every time I hear it sung. I have seen both the movie, abd school plays and no matter who sings this song it sounds great, unlike I dreamed a dream ( amazing and stars great as well). But this song just makes me get up and sing along like I'm part of the play as well just amazing.

This song capture the hardship of life in the slums of Paris.

Very good beat and personally my favorite song in the show

Why is this so low?! It deserves to be in the Top 10 at least.

Overture / Work Song Overture / Work Song Cover Art

Kinda like a less hopeful version of Deliver Us from the Prince of Egypt

This perfectly describes school

Fantine's Death: Come to Me Fantine's Death: Come to Me Cover Art

I love this song, especially when Fantine is dying and she thinks she sees her daughter playing. This is such a sad and lovely song.

Well the lyrics are just heartbreaking

It is so sad and well written

It's emotional

Drink With Me Drink With Me Cover Art

I can't listen to it anymore without wanting to cry. It's supposed to be happy but it's not. They know they're going to die so they've basically accepted it. It's sad.

I love this song BECAUSE it makes me cry. Especially in the 25th Anniversary Concert. But, after this, I have to go with "One Day More", of course.

Epilogue Epilogue Cover Art

It's just so moving that Jean Valjean gets to die a happy and peaceful death after all that he has done for everyone. It's great that he gets to reunite with Fantine, but why is Eponine there? She didn't know him. But overall, incredible song.
"Take my hand! I'll lead you to salva-ation!"

So sad when you see Cosette and Marius’ reactions once everyone starts singing. Cosette clings to Marius as if he’s the last thing she has left. Marius acknowledges the singing because part of him died with his friends. The lyrics are phenomenal, especially with the reprise of Do You Hear The People Sing. So emotional!

Love this song! If you don't like it there's something wrong with you lol. Best finale ever!

A conclusion of the whole French Revolution

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