Year Inducted: 2006
Era Inducted To: Modern Era
Written In:1984
Lyricist(s):Leonard Cohen
Composer(s):Leonard Cohen

Hallelujah is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful musical pieces ever written.

Yeah but I remember, yeah when I moved in you

And the holy dove, she was moving too

And every breath we drew was Hallelujah.

Although Hallelujah never neared the top of the charts or received significant airplay, it has become a favorite of both fans and artists, including Jeff Buckley and Bob Dylan, both of whom recorded cover versions. Buckley’s 1994 version is considered by many to be the most dramatic and striking version, helping to launch the song into mainstream popularity. Most recently, Rufus Wainwright’s cover, following Buckley’s style, appeared on the soundtrack of the blockbuster hit, Shrek.

COVER ARTISTS INCLUDE: Bono, Jeff Buckley, John Cale, Alison Krauss Bob Dylan, k.d. lang, Patricia O’Callaghan, Rufus Wainwright, and India Arie





PLAY Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley (1994)