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’.
— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) November 13, 2016
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…
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