Best Versions of "Hallelujah"

"Hallelujah" is one of the most famous and most covered songs. Which one is your favorite?

The Top Ten

1 Peter Hollens

Jackie Evancho and Peter Hollens is the best duet of "Hallelujah" ever.

Peter and Jackie meld well together in this beautiful song.

Jackie Evancho and Peter Hollens recently reprised this live on stage in Portland OR. Fantastic performance! - BobG

I love Acapella singing, and Hollens is the master. What a great version of this great song.

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2 Jeff Buckley

I would for sure rate the Leonard Cohen and KD Lang versions above this one.

I shed my tears listening to this. Lol no, but seriously everyone think this is his song. Same thing happened with hurt 'by' johnny cash

This is the ultimate version. Beautiful, emotion-filled vocals, great guitar playing. No disrespect to anyone else, but this is by far the best version. - Hajj

Would rather hear this from his father [Tim Buckley], who was actually much better.

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3 Leonard Cohen

Absolutely nobody can top the guy who actually composed the song, and lived the events that inspired it.

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.

Leonard's is the original against all other versions must be judged. It spoke to me immediately.

Jeff who?

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4 Rufus Wainwright

The BEST version ever!

5 KD Lang

The only person other than Cohen who really emotionally knows what this song is. Is it a coincidence that they are both Canadian?

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? "

Her version at the 2010 Olympics tops them all!

Deep and rich

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6 John Cale

Amazing. Should be #1.

7 Willie Nelson
8 Allison Crowe

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.

9 Bon Jovi

How is this different from the Jon Bon Jovi version

10 Bob Dylan

The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 Pentatonix

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

When you listen with headphones the beautiful harmony is even richer!

This may be the best version of this song ever

Every single song by Pentatonix is AMAZING!

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12 Susan Boyle

Gorgeous, sublimely nuanced performance

13 Justin Timberlake Justin Timberlake
14 Regina Spektor
15 Norah Jones Norah Jones
16 Neil Diamond Neil Diamond Neil Leslie Diamond is an American singer-songwriter and musician with a career that began in the 1960s.
17 Jon Bon Jovi

This must be by the tribute band, since the great version actually by Bon Jovi is already listed.

Bizarre that this on here twice.

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18 Celine Dion and The Canadian Tenors
19 TakeNote

This is the Clemson TakeNote a cappella singers. From their 2007 album "Now That We Have Your Attention".

This is the Clemson TakeNote a cappella singers. From their 2007 album "Now That We Have Your Attention".

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20 Il Divo

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.

21 Kate Voegele
22 Lee DeWyze
23 Paramore Paramore Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Hayley Williams and guitarist Taylor York.
24 Roy and Rosemary
25 Tori Kelly
26 Chester Bennington
27 Crystal Bowersox
28 Bono
29 LeAnn Rimes LeAnn Rimes Margaret LeAnn Rimes Cibrian, known professionally as LeAnn Rimes, is an American country and pop singer.
30 Andre Rieu
31 Savannah Outen
32 Jotta A.
33 Panic! At The Disco Panic! At The Disco Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 and featuring the current lineup of vocalist Brendon Urie, accompanied on tour by bassist Dallon Weekes, guitarist Kenneth Harris, and drummer Dan Pawlovich.
34 Amaury Vassili
35 Theory of a Deadman Theory of a Deadman Theory of a Deadman is a rock band from Delta, British Columbia, Canada. Formed in 2001, the band is currently signed to Roadrunner Records as well as 604 Records.
36 Matthew Schuler
37 Myles Kennedy

The best singer ever, very good version

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