Though you may think it a tad macabre to have Javert's Suicide on my list of favorite songs, you simply can't have Les Mis songs on your list and not have at least one 'death song' (just so you know, the Epilogue and A Little Fall of Rain are also on this list). And this song is beautiful. In a tragic sort of way. I watched a Les Mis cast interview a few days ago and Anne Hathaway said that the power and poetry of the lyrics in Javert's Suicide really spoke to her. The lines she used for an example were...
I am reaching,
But I fall.
And the stars are black and cold.
As I stare into the void,
Of a world that cannot hold.
When I watched Les Mis for the first time (the 10th, you know), I didn't understand the story one little bit and I didn't even really understand that Javert committed suicide (I didn't know any of them had died except Eponine). But I figured it out after a while, of course. My favorite version of this song is Norm Lewis' (surprising, really, since he's my least favorite Javert), followed by Russell Crowe (his version was the first that made me really cry) with Phillip Quast at the bottom (sorry, guys).
Is Javert's Suicide one of your favorite or least favorite Les Mis songs?