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17 Great Non-Hallelujah Leonard Cohen Covers

September 26, 2010  |  9:15am
17 Great Non-Hallelujah Leonard Cohen Covers

Leonard Cohen is number 6 on our Best Living Songwriters, and there are reportedly over 1,500 covers of Cohen songs. While it may seem like 1,499 of them are covers of “Hallelujah,” the Canadian songwriter has a deep, rich catalog that’s been well mined. Here are 17 worthy takes on his work.

1. Antony: “If It Be Your Will”
From: Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man

2. R.E.M.: “First We Take Manhattan”
From: I’m Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

3. Pixies: “I Can’t Forget”
From: I’m Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

4. Concrete Blonde: “Everybody Knows”
From: Pump Up the Volume: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

5. Johnny Cash: “Bird on a Wire”
From: American Recordings
See also: The Neville Brothers, Willie Nelson

6. Rufus Wainwright: “Chelsea Hotel No. 2”
From: Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man
See also: Josh Ritter, Regina Spektor

7. Teddy Thompson: “The Future”
From: Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man

8. Nick Cave: “Tower of Song”
From: I’m Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen
See also: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Martha Wainwright

9. Ron Sexsmith: “Heart With No Companion”
From: Ron Sexsmith

10. Elton John: “I’m Your Man”
From: Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

11. Roberta Flack: “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye”
From: First Take
See also: The Lemonheads with Liv Tyler

12. Suzanne Vega: “Story of Isaac”
From: Solitude Standing

**13. James: “So Long Marianne”
From: I’m Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen
See also: John Cale & Suzanne Vega

14. Tori Amos: “Famous Blue Raincoat”
From: Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

15. Billy Joel: “Light as the Breeze”
From: Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

16. Peter Gabriel: “Suzanne”
From: Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen
See also: Beck, Nick Cave, Neil Diamond

17. Nina Simone: “Suzanne”
From: To Love Somebody

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