Top 10 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

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 amazing songs. My only criticism is Russell Crowe's voice, but it's unfair to criticize the song for that. I love when Cosette starts singing, and Valjean looks over at her with surprise and curiosity.

Éponine's part was great, as always, with so much emotion. Samantha Barks is the best portrayal in the movie. The 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.

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. The choreography was amazing, and this will be stuck in my head forever.

It touches the heart! "Do you hear the people sing, singing the song of angry men? It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again." So touching!

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.

3 On My Own

Samantha Barks' 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 or 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.

4 I Dreamed a Dream

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.

5 Empty Chairs at Empty Tables

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

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?

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

6 Stars

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 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, is the song that articulates Javert's vision of the way the world works. He's wrong, but he's honorably 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 judgment is passed. Stars are immovable. You cannot change stars and therefore cannot move them. They stay fixed, like Javert's ideals.

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.

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

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

8 The Confrontation

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

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

9 A Heart Full of Love

It, paired with On My Own, are the most tear-jerking songs up until the end, in my opinion. You can feel all the emotion. You smile with Cosette and Marius, but you also sit there and cry along with Éponine. I Dreamed a Dream is the only other one that does that to a person until literally right before the barricade.

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

10 Castle on a Cloud

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.

The Contenders
11 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!

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

12 A Little Fall of Rain

It 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 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.

13 Bring Him Home

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" on the "America's Got Talent" show. Best song ever.

The most beautiful song ever. I cried when I saw it live. Incredible singing.

14 At the End of the Day

The power of the ensemble and the orchestra blows you away, and then sets up Fantine's tragic story with a cruelly playful turn. Oh, the humanity!

Out of all the songs in Les Mis, 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.

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

15 ABC Cafe / Red and Black
16 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.

The way it's handled in the film version was great.

17 Valjean’s Death
18 Look Down

Probably my all-time favorite song from Les Mis. It gives me goosebumps every time I hear it sung. I have seen both the movie and school plays, and no matter who sings this song, it sounds great.

Unlike I Dreamed a Dream (amazing) and Stars (great as well), this song just makes me get up and sing along like I'm part of the play as well. Just amazing.

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

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

19 Who Am I?

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

Such an amazing song. When Colm Wilkinson sings it, I can really feel his internal struggle.

20 Little People
21 Overture / Work Song

Kind of like a less hopeful version of Deliver Us from The Prince of Egypt.

22 Fantine's Death: Come to Me

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.

Short but beautiful and utterly heartbreaking.

23 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?

24 Epilogue

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!

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 Éponine there? She didn't know him. But overall, incredible song. "Take my hand! I'll lead you to salvation!"

25 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.

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