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10 awesome covers of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'

Canadian singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen performs during his concert in Papp Laszlo Budapest Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, Aug. 31, 2009. (AP Photo / MTI, Peter Kollanyi)
Canadian singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen performs during his concert in Papp Laszlo Budapest Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, Aug. 31, 2009. (AP Photo / MTI, Peter Kollanyi)
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Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen die Friday morning at age 82, according to a statement released on his Facebook page.

"It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away," the Facebook statement said.

It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away.We have...

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The statement said that a memorial for the poet will be held in the coming days and that the Cohen family requests their grief remain private.

In the hours after his death, Cohen has been remembered for his mild temperament and his “zen monk” attitude, according to The Australian. He started his career as a relatively unsuccessful poet, but his songs never hit the top of the charts. When he became a songwriter, though, his songs, like “Bird on the Wire,” became cult hits among music fans.

Cohen’s most famous work is arguably “Hallelujah,” a song that some, like rock legend Bob Dylan, say encapsulated who Cohen was as a person.

“His gift or genius is in his connection to the music of the spheres,” Dylan said, according to The Washington Post. “‘Hallelujah’ has resonance for me. There again, it’s a beautifully constructed melody that steps up, evolves and slips back, all in quick time. … These are all great songs, deep and truthful as ever and multidimensional, surprisingly melodic, and they make you think and feel.”

Pop stars, indie artists and religious groups have covered the song over and over again, looking to share Cohen’s beautiful message about accepting love. Musicians and lyricists have interpreted the song in a number of ways, some saying it’s a lesson about love while other say there’s religious teachings within, according to The Atlantic.

Cohen felt the song offers lessons about accepting chaos.

"This world is full of conflicts and full of things that cannot be reconciled," Cohen said, according to The Atlantic. "But there are moments when we can … reconcile and embrace the whole mess, and that's what I mean by 'Hallelujah.'"

We’ve collected 10 cover versions of the songs that you can listen to below.

Pentatonix

The ‘Shrek’ version

Kimberly Freeman

Ed Sheeran

Shawn Mendes

Imogen Heap

Bob Dylan

Damien Rice

Jeff Buckley

Cloverton