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The 10 best covers of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'

Celebrate the memory of a musical legend with my favorite renditions of his most famous song, "Hallelujah."


Influential singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen passed away today at 82.

At his peak in the late 60s and early 70s, but with a musical career that would span 5 decades, Cohen's music would have a huge influence over several generations. According to the CBS News story covering his passing, his most famous song, "Hallelujah," would go on to be covered by a multitude of musicians over the years including Bon Jovi, Rufus Wainwright, Regina Spektor, Michael McDonald, Norah Jones, Justin Timberlake, k.d. lang, Brandi Carlile, Susan Boyle, Bono, Willie Nelson and Renee Fleming.

To celebrate his life and musical career, I rounded up my collection of Hallelujah covers that best represent the tone and raw emotion of his most famous song.

Jeff Buckley's version made the song popular all over again

There was Alexandra Burke's rendition on "The X Factor"

A well-known YouTuber made her own moving version

Rufus Wainright's rendition live at the Fillmore

Bon Jovi also did a beautiful version

As did Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris

Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers, Live in Verona, New York

Willie Nelson

Norah Jones

Finally, Susan Boyle, made famous on "Britain's Got Talent," also had an amazingly stirring rendition