9. Jeff Buckley, “Hallelujah”

A lot of artists have taken on Leonard Cohen's biblical ballad, but Jeff Buckley – RIP, always – truly made it his own, to the point that it's almost the only version worth listening to. His voice, which is so raw and musical and plaintive anyway, turns the tune into a bareboned, slow-burning tragedy. Rufus Wainwright has a version that's almost as good – almost, but not quite.

The Clash, “I Fought the Law”
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