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Saturday video break: Hallelujah

Song #72 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Hallelujah”, originally by Leonard Cohen and covered by everyone on the planet many artists, in this case Rufus Wainwright. Here’s the original:

That’s probably not the version you’re most familiar with; Jeff Buckley’s cover version, which was really covering John Cale’s version of the song, is the template that everyone uses these days. (Here’s that discussion of the song’s evolution I’ve linked to before; it’s always worth a read.) There are so many versions out there that Cohen himself called for a moratorium on new covers a few years back. I doubt that’ll stop anyone. Here’s the Wainwright version:

Yes, this is the version that was in “Shrek”, in the scene just before Dustin Hoffman Shrek interrupts Fiona’s wedding to Lord Farquaad. If you don’t like this version, there’s plenty more where that came from. And yes, this song will reappear later in the list. What’s your favorite version?

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  1. […] covered this one before, as it were. I’ll refer you to that post and to that discussion of the song’s evolution […]