Remembering Leonard Cohen: 14 Incredible Covers


The brutal year that is 2016 continues to rage on, with the passing of legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen at the age of 82. Over an almost 50 year career, the gravelly-voiced poet had a huge influence across multiple genres and eras of music. To see this influence firsthand, you need only look over the numerous covers of his songs.

To remember Cohen and the legacy he leaves behind, we’ve tracked down 14 of our favourites.


Nick Cave, Avalanche

Nick Cave is obviously a fan of the song as he’s released two different covers, originally in 1984 for From Her To Eternity (with The Bad Seeds) and again in 2015 for the TV series Black Sails. Both are, as expected, equally heartbreaking.




The Pixies, I Can’t Forget



Beck (and friends), Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye

As part of his Record Club project, Beck got together with Devendra Banhart, MGMT, Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother) and various others to cover Cohen’s 1967 debut Songs of Leonard Cohen in one day. The whole thing can be found on YouTube if you’re so inclined.



Kate McKinnon, Hallelujah

This week’s Saturday Night Live paid tribute to Leonard Cohen and Hilary Clinton with a surprisingly moving cover of ‘Hallelujah’.


Tom Jones, Tower of Song



Lana Del Ray, Chelsea Hotel No 2



The Lemonheads (feat. Liv Tyler), Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye



Johnny Cash, Bird on a Wire



Anna Calvi, Joan of Arc



Nina Simone, Suzanne



Joe Cocker, Bird on a Wire



Rufus Wainwright and Choir, Hallelujah



Billy Joel, Light as the Breeze



Jeff Buckley, Hallelujah

And of course…



Photo Credit: JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images

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