So we have the iPod playing the other night and "Hallelujah" comes on. This is not an unusual occurance, as we have four versions of the song on my iPod. This was the Rufus Wainwright version, but I also have Leonard Cohen's, Jeff Buckley's and k.d. lang's live version.
I don't know if this is my favourite song, or even Cathy's favourite. But surely god it is one of the very few songs that we agree is amazing (let's put it this way, the anniversary CD is proving challenging this year. I'm finally running out of songs we both like). But we started talking. A lot of people have covered this song, but we wondered who else we would like to hear cover it because we think they would do a great version of it.
So this isn't so much a "which version is better" question, but instead it's a "who would you want to hear cover this song." As it turns out, quite a few have covered it over the years. But here's our list of people we want to hear sing this song:
1. U2 (although it seems Bono covered it. I must find that now)
2. Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies
3. Tori Amos (that's all mine. Cathy hates Tori)
4. Neko Case (again mine, for the same reasons)
5. Corrinne Bailey Rae
6. Tom Waits
7. Ron Sexsmith
8. Ron Hynes
9. Johnny Cash (yes, he's dead. It would still would have been a great version)
10. Tony Bennett
11. The White Stripes
12. Hawksley Workman
And here's the list of people who should be executed on sight if they even think about covering the song.
1. Celine Dion
2. Mariah Carey
3. Rod Stewart
4. Bryan Adams
5. Britney Spears
And having seen the list of people who have covered the song, I now need to hunt down John Cale's and Allison Crowe's versions. And what are your suggestions?
1. 11 o'clock, tick tock - U2
2. Miss teen wordpower - The New Pornographers*
3. Anywhere I lay my head - Scarlett Johansson
4. No reason to cry your eyes out - Hawksley Workman
5. Have you no pride - The Donnas