Join now. ', Anjani Thomas 'Sometimes you just get very lucky'. Cold. It’s not from angels. Sandler's version contained numerous references to Hurricane Sandy and contemporary events in local culture, sports and politics. Wainwright's version is included on the album Shrek: Music from the Original Motion Picture, although it was Cale's version that was used in the film itself. 1. "Hallelujah" experienced renewed interest following Cohen's death in November 2016 and appeared on many international singles charts, including entering the American Billboard Hot 100 for the first time. Cale had watched Cohen perform the song and asked Cohen to send him the lyrics. [96], Alexandra Burke, the winner of the fifth series of the reality television show The X Factor, released a condensed cover version of the song as a prize for her victory. [153], Raul Esparza performed the song live at the Kennedy Center's 11 September Memorial Concert on 8 September 2011. The song is actually about a devastating ending of a love between two people. It has been viewed as a "baseline" for secular hymns. "[39] In July 2009, the Buckley track was ranked number three on the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time, a listener poll held every decade by the Australian radio station Triple J. "[82] Lang sang it at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, before a claimed TV audience of three billion. International group Il Divo released a Spanish-language adaptation with different lyrics on their album The Promise (2008), which topped the charts in the UK. Genious! "[38], In September 2007, a poll of fifty songwriters conducted by the magazine Q listed "Hallelujah" among the all-time "Top 10 Greatest Tracks" with John Legend calling Buckley's version "as near perfect as you can get. [4] The song has been used in film and television soundtracks and televised talent contests. A song based in Old Testament language that a teen idol can sing. [2] Cohen then faxed Cale 15 pages of lyrics. Jeff Buckley, inspired by Cale's earlier cover, recorded one of the most acclaimed versions of "Hallelujah" for his only complete album, Grace, in 1994. The key signature is displayed at the beginning of the sheet music, just after the time signature. [6][2] Cale's also appears on the first soundtrack album for the TV series Scrubs[36][37] and as the ending song of the Cold Case episode "Death Penalty, Final Appeal". Faith and uncertainty. [155], On 17 December 2012 episode of The Voice (American TV series), the song was covered in tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting by hosts Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green. For that matter, which of the multiple versions of the song’s lyrics are we talking about? 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