In the new documentary, Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a journey, a song, directors Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine trace the history of the song that took 26 years to become Leonard Cohen’s most famous composition. The film serves as a biography of Cohen, using “Hallelujah” as a way to explore his life and creative process, but it also acts as a cautionary tale. Originally included on the little-heard album 1984 Different locations“Hallelujah” seemed to be obscured until the huge success of 2001 Shrek, when John Cale’s cover appeared in the film and Rufus Wainwright’s version was included on its best-selling soundtrack. From there, “Hallelujah” started her own life, becoming a staple in weddings, funerals, and reality shows. Too many reality shows.
In a dizzying montage, the documentary combines clips of competition contestants singing the “Hallelujah” emoji on American Idol, Voice, The the X Factor and other similar shows, a trend that helped make the song popular in the ’00s. This time-lapse survey of overuse ends with a 2008 interview with Cohen himself. at the height of “Hallelujah”-mania, when his version simultaneously appeared on the UK charts alongside performances by Jeff Buckley and the X Factor contestant Alexandre Burke. Cohen’s dry comment: “I think people should stop singing it for a bit.”
It’s hard not to agree. It’s not that the song isn’t great: Its awesomeness is part of the problem. Even the most powerful song can be overexposed, especially when used as a shortcut to unexplored depth. (Thankfully the documentary omits the clumsy use of “Hallelujah” in a sex scene from Zack Snyder’s The guardand Kate McKinnon’s confusing portrayal of Hillary Clinton on SNL after Trump’s 2016 election.)
Fortunately, Hollywood’s overuse of “Hallelujah” seems to have passed: Songs are overplayed with seasons, seasons fade. Since the Cohen overdose, Hollywood music coordinators have turned to other tunes, falling in love and infatuated with songs that are too hard to listen to like Band of Horses’ “The Fu Tang,” old-fashioned “Spiegel Im” Arvo Pärt Spiegel’s dreary classics, and Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own,” just to name a few.
But which tracks are at risk of wear and tear in 2022? Here are a few “Hallelujah” of today.
“Best Friend”, Saweetie feat. Cat Doja
An amazing successor to Icona Pop and Charli XCX’s once unmissable mid ’10s “I Love It” (made famous by Girlsthen recycled by Supermarket, Lucifer, Pretty little liarsetc.), “Best Friend” immediately evokes a sense of rebellion… but not so rebellious that it can’t be used in the trailer. Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers (with some creative steps). Released in January 2021, the song has been a staple of the soundtrack ever since, becoming one of Invented Anna, Bold Type, Doogie Kamealoha MD, Drunk single femaleand The leader of the class. And fate will continue to appear until another song with similar feelings takes its place.
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