Top 10 Best Versions of Leonard Cohen's HallelujahHallelujah, the iconic song by the late Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, has taken on a life of its own since its release in 1984. The song's powerful lyrics and haunting melody have resonated with generations of music lovers and have been covered by countless artists across a wide range of genres. From the melancholic original to the heart-rending renditions by contemporary artists, Hallelujah has been interpreted in many ways, each bringing its unique spin to the timeless classic.
Whether you prefer the stripped-down acoustic versions or the grandiose orchestral adaptations, one thing is for sure - Hallelujah has the power to move and inspire like few other songs can.
But we need your help to determine which versions are truly the best. We've already received hundreds of votes, and now it's your turn to weigh in. Whether you're a lifelong fan of Cohen or just discovering Hallelujah for the first time, we invite you to join us in celebrating this iconic song and the artists who have given it new life over the years.
Most other singers try to outdo Cohen on his own song. Not here. Peter deliberately had Jackie Evancho go into her upper range high notes to set a contrast between his mellow tenor voice and hers. This makes this cover version unique to all other covers done. The crescendo they do at the 3:06 mark is one of the most dynamic you will ever hear on an A Capella recording of any song.
Peter and Jackie got together and performed this again live at Jackie's recent concert at the Newmark Theater in Portland, OR. Perfect blending of voices.
Jackie Evancho and Peter Hollens recently reprised this live on stage in Portland OR. Fantastic performance!
I think it's simply the most sincere of all versions. It doesn't try to outdo Cohen with big arrangements or show off some jaw dropping pretencious and hollow vocal performance. It's the original song stripped down to it's ethereal essence and feeling. In a way, it gives me the same vibe as the Hurt version of Johnny Cash or My Funny Valentine by Chet Baker. It's the perfect version. Not because it's the biggest, more ambicious one. But because it has exactly what the song needs to feel perfect, nothing more, nothing less
If you asked 1,000 actual random people, 900 of them will never have heard of this song at all, or will think you are talking about a Christmas song. Of the remaining 100, almost all would pick either the original by Cohen, or KD Lang's because they heard it on the Olympics. All the rest are the personal favorites of TTT voters, and isn't that the point of TTT? Buckley passed almost 20 years ago check out the late Gene Clark for more and better of the same vein.
Over 480 different cover versions of this, topped only by "Yesterday" and a couple of Christmas carols. Leonard Cohen makes everybody else sound like an amateur.
Original is always best, he did write it after all, I just can't figure out what is supposedly so great about the Buckley version.
Absolutely nobody can top the guy who actually composed the song, and lived the events that inspired it.
Best cover of Hallelujah ever done by far ! KD is one of my favorite singers - her range is amazing and her performance of Hallelujah at the 2010 Olympics was truly amazing.
When asked to sing this at the opening ceremonies for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver with Lang, Cohen deferred saying something along the lines of "You have KD. What do you need me for? "
The only person other than Cohen who really emotionally knows what this song is. Is it a coincidence that they are both Canadian?
Simply the best version.
Amazing. Should be #1.
I love this band and their songs are amazing especially Say Something and Hallelujah. Another favorite is Imagine. They truly are amazing and the song is just so precious. I hope they have fun on their tour I (I've said it a lot, I know) Love them so MUCH! they make me cry sometimes
I still get chills when I hear this version. Their skill and power is unparalleled.
When you listen with headphones the beautiful harmony is even richer!
This must be by the tribute band, since the great version actually by Bon Jovi is already listed.
So good that its listed twice.
Reaches into the soul.
Communicating emotion without sentimentality is an unique gift and talent of Allison Crowe. She's able to perform Leonard Cohen's song in her unique way which reaches so many people who desire such authenticity.
Even without "understanding" the non-English lyrics, I was crying before the end of the first verse. Their rich voices and phenomenal balance of volume is non-equaled.
This has got to be one of the most emotional covers for this song. Chester sang this at Chris Cornell's funeral, and you can tell he was hurt. Chris wasn't just some celebrity to him. He was pretty much family.
This song needs an older singer no matter who it is. This is a celebration of the realization of a life lived well.
This is the Clemson TakeNote a cappella singers. From their 2007 album "Now That We Have Your Attention".
More people should hear this version!
His version is the best. So soulful.