Following its increased popularity after being featured in the movie Shrek (2001), it has been re-recorded by many different artists including Jeff Buckley, Anand Bhatt, Rufus Wainwright, and Damien Rice.
"Hallelujah" experienced renewed interest following Cohen's death in November 2016 and appeared on multiple international singles charts, including entering the American Billboard Hot 100 for the first time.
Cohen wrote around 80 draft verses for "Hallelujah", with one writing session at the Royalton Hotel in New York where he was reduced to sitting on the floor in his underwear, banging his head on the floor.
References[change | change source]
- Fetters, Ashley (2 December 2012). "How Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' Became Everybody's 'Hallelujah'". The Atlantic (The Atlantic Monthly Group). https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/12/how-leonard-cohens-hallelujah-became-everybodys-hallelujah/265900/. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
- "Singer backs Welsh 'Hallelujah'". BBC. 7 November 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/7715493.stm. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
- Barton, Laura (18 December 2008). "Hail, Hail, Rock'n'Roll". The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2008/dec/19/leonard-cohen-hallelujah-christmas.
Other websites[change | change source]
- 1984 version lyrics, on The Leonard Cohen Files
- 1988 version lyrics, on The Leonard Cohen Files
- BBC: Just whose hallelujah is it anyway? – article on writing and meaning of song
- The Birth of kd lang's "Hallelujah" out of the 'Spirit of Music' Perfect Sound Forever online music magazine presents... 2011 article, by philosopher Babette Babich
- BBC: Hallelujah! The rise and rise of Leonard Cohen's once-forgotten classic – 2012 report, by writer Alan Light
- Guitar chords