While originally by Leonard Cohen, "Hallelujah" was most famously covered by singer Jeff Buckley. Many classic performers, including Willie Nelson and Bono, have covered the song over the years, and more recent artists, such as Paramore and Ed Sheeran, have also offered renditions of the song.Continue Reading
"Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen is one the most recognizable songs of the past 40 years and has spawned countless covers. The song was originally released on his 1984 album "Various Positions" to little acclaim. It was first covered by John Cale and then Jeff Buckley, who were responsible for the song's initial popularity. After the song's inclusion in the 2001 film "Shrek," it gained widespread notice. The song has been covered by thousands of musicians in nearly as many ways, including a hair metal rendition by Bon Jovi, the stripped-down piano of Rufus Wainwright and a full orchestral accompaniment courtesy of singer Brandi Carlile.
The song is often covered on musical reality TV shows, such as "American Idol" and "America's Got Talent." Famous renditions by reality TV contestants include Anna Clendening in 2014 and Alexandra Burke in 2008. The song was also performed by k.d. lang during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.Learn more about Art & Literature