12 Most Memorable Covers of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'

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Over his 60 year career, Leonard Cohen -- who's death was announced Thursday (Nov. 10) -- became known most of all for his deeply evocative lyrics surely ranking among the all time great poet musicians. 

Beyond all of his songs, Cohen's painfully pure and eternal "Hallelujah" has become a staple of the modern American songbook, conjuring countless covers. As testament to the song's beauty and Cohen's talent, amazingly it never gets old.


In tribute to the late artist, here are 12 of the most memorable "Hallelujah" covers:

Jeff Buckley:

Rufus Wainwright:

John Cale:

k.d. lang:

Willie Nelson: 

Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris:

Brandi Carlile: 

Jake Shimabukuro:

Regina Spektor: 

Ari Hest:

Jason Castro:

Bono:

And, because the list wouldn't feel right without the original...

Leonard Cohen: