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Les Miserables song One Day More is our favourite stage hit

Les Miserables song One Day More is our favourite stage hit… and the French musical takes second place on the list too

  • Nation’s favourite song from the stage was One Day More from Les Miserables 
  • Hit musical also took the second spot with much-loved track Bring Him Home 
  • Other popular songs include Wicked’s Defying Gravity and Memory from Cats 

Theatres may not be alive with the sound of music.

But the nation hasn’t forgotten its love of the stage – choosing the rousing song One Day More from Les Miserables as its favourite hit from a musical.

Claude-Michel Schonberg’s emotional choral piece, which is sung by all the main characters, topped a BBC Radio 2 poll yesterday.

The nation hasn’t forgotten its love of the stage – choosing the rousing song One Day More from Les Miserables as its favourite hit from a musical

It was followed by Bring Him Home, also from the French musical based on Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel.

Wicked’s Defying Gravity, originally performed by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, came third. 

Alfie Boe, the tenor best known for singing Bring Him Home as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, said One Day More ‘resonates to everybody who sings it on stage’.

Bring Him Home, also from the French musical based on Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel also secured second place

Bring Him Home, also from the French musical based on Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel also secured second place

The musical, which was made into a 2012 film starring Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway, is the longest-running in the West End and was translated into English by former Daily Mail journalist Herbert Kretzmer.

The poll asked the public to vote on 50 hits from nine decades. 

The list was created by experts including musical theatre legend Elaine Paige and the Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye.

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