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Hallelujah! Leonard Cohen's got a new album

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In honour of Leonard Cohen's 80th birthday, and the release of his new album Popular Problems, we're challenging you to choose your favourite cover of Cohen's classic Hallelujah.

The frequently reproduced composition has likely been performed thousands of times by various artists since Cohen first recorded it, and that's not counting the heartfelt performances by amateurs at weddings and funerals around the world.

The popular tearjerker with the hymn-like lyrics first appeared on Cohen's 1984 album Various Positions. But it didn't really hit the mainstream until John Cale recorded a version used in the blockbuster animated feature Shrek.

While it was Cale's version that appeared in the film, it was Rufus Wainwright's adaptation that appeared on the movie's soundtrack. Either way, its use proves that the song's moving sentiment rings true for humans and for broken-hearted ogres alike.

While the song makes Millennials harken back to a cartoon, there are Jeff Buckley fans in the world who'll tell you the late artist's 1994 version is the true Hallelujah.

At the same time, there are country music fans who'll argue that k.d. lang did it the best. There was nary a dry eye in the house when the Alberta-born crooner performed it at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

So, who's Hallelujah rings truest for you? Is your favourite not on this list?

Tell us in the comments below.

If that's not tough enough for you, why not try a recent CBC Music challenge testing your knowledge of Hallelujah covers.

Be sure to check out all of CBC Music's special Cohen Week coverage, including the Canadian exclusive stream of his new album Popular Problems

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