Rufus Wainwright Names His Favorite Leonard Cohen Songs

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For Rolling Stone’s latest issue, they’ve gone list crazy, asking fifty artists to create their own musical top ten lists. The issue features Bono’s musings on David Bowie, Patti Smith on Bob Dylan, and Mick Jagger breaking down his favorite Blues artists.

Rufus Wainwright lists his top ten Leonard Cohen songs, which starts with 1974’s “Who By Fire” and ends with 1971’s “Famous Blue Raincoat.” Apparently, Wainwright is feeling worn out on “Hallelujah.” Though he’s memorably covered the song in the past, it didn’t make the cut.

“It’s daunting to listen to [Cohen’s] music as a songwriter,” Wainwright tells Rolling Stone, “but it’s worth the challenge: It’ll just make you better.”

Check out Wainwright’s selections here.


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