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

1 One Day More

Very good song, I wouldn't have it first though.
My top 3:
1. Stars
2. The Confrontation
3. Do You Hear the People Sing? - TheHabsFan

This song was what got me into not just Les miserables but all musical theatre

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! - ilovejeanvaljean

Personally I love Les Mis. I mean ALL the songs. But if I had to pick a winner: It has to be One Day More, so orchestral and magical.

2 Do You Hear the People Sing?

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.

Rousing melody, beautiful orchestration, makes one want to sing along. Incredible!

I love the start to this song!
My top 3:
1. Stars
2. The Confrontation
3. Do You Hear the People Sing? - TheHabsFan

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. - ilovejeanvaljean

3 On My Own

Oh my gosh, I love this song! Eponine is the best character in Les Mis by far! Augh, this song is THE BEST!

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 love this song. I keep listening to it over and over thinking of people who the song reminds me of. I feel like crying, its just a really good song

4 I Dreamed a Dream

Such a sad song about reality. Fantine deserves so much better, y’all!

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. - ilovejeanvaljean

I think it should be first

5 Empty Chairs at Empty Tables

Such an emotional and powerful song. One of the saddest songs in the movie. Really demonstrates survivor’s guilt.

I am not mentally prepared to listen to this song again. Not here, not now. It's too soon. - SassyEquine

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

By far the best most emotional song!

6 Stars

Russell Crowe is a pro!
My top 3:
1. Stars
2. The Confrontation
3. Do You Hear the People Sing? - TheHabsFan

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.

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.

Stars was amazing. I especially liked Russell Crowe's version, even though everyone else hates him. Crowe sang Stars in a way that was more of a lullaby. Which made even more awesome.

7 Master of the House

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

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. - SassyEquine

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

This one's just so funny so I have to vote for it because it makes me smile regardless to how I'm feeling.

8 Castle on a Cloud

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

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.

Little girl + Lullaby = Adorable - ilovejeanvaljean

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

9 Bring Him Home

Colm Wilkinson ... what else is there to say? Brings me to tears every time I hear it.

I cried...thought of a young soldier mortally wounded on the battlefield, being cared for by a an older soldier.

I love this song I am surprised it isn't in the top three if not number one it is sung so well by Hugh Jackman and it is such an emotional song

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

10 The Confrontation

Very fast paced.
My top 3:
1. Stars
2. The Confrontation
3. Do You Hear the People Sing? - TheHabsFan

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.

I'm obsessed with it I love the way they conjoin awesome

The Contenders

11 A Heart Full of Love

So so so amazing.

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.

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..."

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.

12 Red and Black

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

I love the barricade boys, they don't have too large of a part but they stand for so much! - sydney935

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

I'm a little biased, Enjolras is my favorite character

13 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? - 24601

love it!


14 At the End of the Day

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

The music brings the song to top three for me

15 A Little Fall of Rain

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. - SassyEquine

It's just very very sad. A girl who knew she would never get the boy she wanted sacrificed herself for him dying happily. The ending is the saddest part, especially in the movie "... and rain, will make the flowers... grow" :'(

I'm surprised this one isn't higher up on the list! It's so touching and beautiful.

Cannot stop listening to this!

16 ABC Cafe / Red and Black

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

17 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

18 Valjean’s Death

It's a touching song 🎶

19 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

20 Who Am I?

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

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

21 Look Down

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.

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.

Look Down!
That echo...

22 Overture / Work Song

This perfectly describes school

23 Fantine's Death: Come to Me

Well the lyrics are just heartbreaking

It is so sad and well written

It's emotional

24 Drink With Me

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.

25 Valjean's Soliloquy
26 Epilogue

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

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!

27 In My Life
28 Finale

Total tearjerker, I think I sing this in my sleep

29 The Second Attack
30 Dog Eats Dog

Darkest song in the whole musical. The picture Thenardier paints with his words sheds light on how truly horrible life for the poor is, especially when gents like Thenardier are hanging about. The opportunism, the chilling music that makes you feel as if you were in the sewers themselves, and Thenardier's insight on how the world truly is a horrible place for those at the bottom of the rung makes this song unique.

31 The Final Battle
32 Suddenly

Hugh Jackman is great in this one

33 Wedding Chorale / Beggars At the Feast
34 On Parole
35 Turning

Heartbreaking how well they turned the tune from "Lovely Ladies" into this pure, sombre introduction to Empty Chairs At Empty Tables. - RookWizard

36 What Have I Done?
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