Les Mis takes top two slots in Radio 2 chart

Published: 31 January 2021
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Les Miserables - Ashley Gilmour as Enjolras and the company Credit: Johan Persson
The Lion King Gugwana Dlamini as Rafiki (Palace Theatre Manchester)
Josefina Gabrielle in A Little Night Music at The Watermill Theatre Credit: Philip Tull

As part of the BBC's celebration of musical theatre, listeners to Radio 2 were invited to vote for their favourite song from a musical. Given a shortlist of fifty songs, the top ten favourites were revealed today on Elaine Paige on Sunday.

Les Misérables took the top two slots with "One Day More Day" and "Bring Him Home". Other shows to get two songs into the top 20 are West Side Story with "Somewhere" and "America" and Hamilton with and "Alexander Hamilton" and "The Room Where It Happens".

Readers will have to look down as far as number 7 to see Tim Rice, number 8 to see Andrew Lloyd Webber and number 9 to see Stephen Sondheim, all of whom get three mentions in the top 20 across different shows.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul get two name checks, for different shows.

  1. "One Day More Day" from Les Misérables by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel (Herbert Kretzmer English lyrics)
  2. "Bring Him Home" from Les Misérables by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel (Herbert Kretzmer English lyrics)
  3. "Defying Gravity" from Wicked by Stephen Schwartz
  4. "This Is Me" from The Greatest Showman music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  5. "Over The Rainbow" from The Wizard Of Oz by Harold Arlen Yip Harburg.
  6. "Singin' In The Rain" from Singin' In The Rain by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown
  7. "Circle Of Life" from The Lion King by Elton John and Tim Rice
  8. "Don't Cry For Me Argentina " from Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
  9. "Somewhere" from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim
  10. "America" from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim
  11. "Memory" from Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber and T S Eliot with additional lyrics by Trevor Nunn
  12. "You Can't Stop The Beat" from Hairspray by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
  13. "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin
  14. "Alexander Hamilton" from Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  15. "All That Jazz" from Chicago by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb
  16. "Gethsemane" from Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
  17. "You Will Be Found" from Dear Evan Hansen music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
  18. "The Room Where It Happens" from Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  19. "Send In The Clowns" from A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim
  20. "Seasons Of Love" from Rent by Jonathan Larson

Accompanying show Musicals: The Greatest Show hosted by Sheridan Smith will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds and on BBC One on 7 February (then available on BBC iPlayer).