As befits its status as my most played song of 2007 (at least at my computer anyway), I figured I'd gather together all the versions of Hallelujah on YouTube. Let's start off with an excellent version by Leonard Cohen (which shouldn't be too much of a surprise, as he wrote the damn thing:-)
And here's a version from the singer of my favorite cover, although it isn't the one that I'm most fond of. The version from the Scrubs soundtrack is just John Cale on the piano, while this one has him accompanied by some strings.
And here's the version with him just on the piano. There's a certain clarity and strength to this version that really shines through, with his deep emotional voice and vibrant piano playing.
Here's a fine version from some "famous" Norwegian folk singers. It's funny how many versions are labeled "Shrek song" (which John Cale sings on the soundtrack).
This is a spectacular live version by Alison Crowe at the piano.
And Miss Snarktastic
recommended this wonderful guitar version by Jeff Buckley:
And here's a nice cover by Rufus Wainwritght:
And kd lang emotes a good cover too: