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The UK’s top ten favourite songs from musicals revealed

Les Miserables (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)
Les Miserables (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

A survey by website WhatsOnStage has revealed the nation’s favourite show tunes.

The rousing One Day More from Les Miserables clinched the top spot.

The West End’s longest-running musical, which opened in 1985, was the most popular on the list, with two songs in the top five and seven songs in total in the top 100.

Runaway Broadway success Hamilton has eight songs on the list.

The Top 10 are…


1: One Day More – Les Miserables

2: Defying Gravity – Wicked

3: The Phantom of the Opera

4: Bring Him Home – Les Miserables

5: Being Alive – Company

6: Alexander Hamilton – Hamilton

7: Seasons of Love – Rent

8: Waving Through A Window – Dear Evan Hansen

9: Don’t Rain on my Parade – Funny Girl

10: Tonight – West Side Story


Sita McIntosh from WhatsOnStage said the poll results are a great mix – and noted the surprise entry from Dear Evan Hansen, which hasn’t come over to the UK yet.

She said: “We had an unprecedented response to our top 100 showtunes of all time poll and the result shows that people’s favourite musical songs are a wonderfully varied mix.

“Tunes from shows such as Les Miserables and Hamilton, Wicked and Company, In The Heights and Matilda sit happily side by side.

“There were several appearances of songs from shows that have been recently revived – including Follies and Gypsy – as well as old school classics such as West Side Story.

“The list also clearly demonstrates the appetite for Hamilton, which is due to open in London next month.

“And isn’t it great to see a tune from new American musical Dear Evan Hansen – which hasn’t yet made it over to these shores – alongside veteran towering greats in the top 10?”