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Top 5 Songs from the Les Misérables Soundtrack

Les Misérables (musical)

Les Misérables (musical) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s not solely the film charts that Les Misérables is dominating; the cast recording has topped the UK and Ireland album chart. This is the first time in sixteen years that a musical has won the top spot, the last being the soundtrack for Madonna’s Evita. Despite its success, the album does not include all of the songs from the film and many critics have been underwhelmed by the lack of emotion displayed in the film due to the raw live vocals of the cast members.

Nevertheless, to celebrate this historic event, here is a compilation of my top 5 favourite songs, in no particular order, from the film:

‘At the End of the Day’ – Poor, Foreman, Workers, Factory Women, Fantine, Valjean

Instead of going for the famous, ‘I Dreamed a Dream’, with Anne Hathaway’s version has reached Number 22 in the Top 40 Chart, I thought it would be a bit more interesting to choose ‘At the End of the Day’. Quite similar to ‘Master of the House’, this song is a quick tempo with clever lyrics which means it works well as a musical number to watch.

‘In My Life/A Heart Full of Love’ – Marius, Cosette, Éponine

As much as I’m not a fan of Marius and Cosette because of their unrealistic love, the lyrics that Éponine sings during ‘In My Life/A Heart Full of Love’ and the harmonies which take place do have pleasurable warmth to them. It is the song which is the most cheerfully romantic in the film, but with Éponine’s rising despair growing throughout.

‘On My Own’ – Éponine

By far this is my favourite song from the musical. Straight after ‘A Heart Full of Love’, Éponine launches into her heart-breaking solo. I think this song works well by the fact that anyone can interpret it to their own experiences, thus; it has the power to connect with all. It’s difficult to not feel even more sympathetic for Éponine when this song breaks out.

‘One Day More’ – Valjean, Marius, Cosette, Éponine, Enjolras, Thénardier, Mme. Thénardier, Gavroche, Cast of Les Misérables

To me, ‘One Day More’ is probably the epitome of Les Misérables. Almost all of the characters gain their own solo and it is a very powerful song.

‘Do You Hear the People Sing? [Reprise]’ – The Cast of Les Misérables

This is the only song out of my top 5 which hasn’t been released in the soundtrack. When we first hear ‘Do You Hear the People Sing?’ in the film I wasn’t that impressed by it; although, when it closes the film it becomes very symbolic in expressing the emotional fight and resolve of the characters.

What is your favourite song from Les Mis? Which is your favourite song from this list? Which song would you have added in your top 5?

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2 thoughts on “Top 5 Songs from the Les Misérables Soundtrack

  1. I honestly didn’t really mind what the critics had to say about the film – Les Miserables is one of my favourite musicals, and I enjoyed every minute of the film!

    Beautiful list! The only track I’d add is ‘Look Down’ 🙂

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