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(New Musical Express)   "The most perfect song in the world is Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah," says Bono, who knows about these things   (nme.com) divider line 96
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2012-12-24 03:35:13 PM  
No, just......no.
 
2012-12-24 03:35:59 PM  
Perhaps next he will tell us the best way to get your photo taken so you look taller than your band mates despite being shorter than all of them.
 
2012-12-24 03:37:46 PM  
Really on the cutting-edge there, Bono. What a revelation. Maybe next time you cover it you can do it some justice.

/actually likes Bono and Cohen
//really getting sick of "Hallelujah"
 
2012-12-24 03:39:06 PM  
I can't be the only person who finds that song to be a bit irritating.
 
2012-12-24 03:39:57 PM  
I'm a huge Leonard Cohen fan, and ima let you finish Boner, but "Tower of Song" is the most perfectest songs OF ALL TIME .
 
2012-12-24 03:41:31 PM  

Atomic Spunk: I can't be the only person who finds that song to be a bit irritating.


No, you're not.
 
2012-12-24 03:42:08 PM  

Mr_Ectomy: I'm a huge Leonard Cohen fan, and ima let you finish Boner, but "Tower of Song" is the most perfectest songs OF ALL TIME .


Everybody knows.
 
2012-12-24 03:43:29 PM  

FunkOut: Mr_Ectomy: I'm a huge Leonard Cohen fan, and ima let you finish Boner, but "Tower of Song" is the most perfectest songs OF ALL TIME .

Everybody knows.


That, too. In fact Anthem is a better song, as well.
 
2012-12-24 03:44:13 PM  

Mr_Ectomy: FunkOut: Mr_Ectomy: I'm a huge Leonard Cohen fan, and ima let you finish Boner, but "Tower of Song" is the most perfectest songs OF ALL TIME .

Everybody knows.

That, too. In fact Anthem is a better song, as well.


Don't forget The Future and Closing Time.
 
2012-12-24 03:45:39 PM  
As long as it isn't Leonard Cohen's version.


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2012-12-24 03:46:02 PM  

The English Major: Mr_Ectomy: FunkOut: Mr_Ectomy: I'm a huge Leonard Cohen fan, and ima let you finish Boner, but "Tower of Song" is the most perfectest songs OF ALL TIME .

Everybody knows.

That, too. In fact Anthem is a better song, as well.

Don't forget The Future and Closing Time.


I can take or leave "Closing Time" but "The Future" "Dance Me to the End of Love" and "Thousand Kisses Deep" are all better songs than "Hallelujah"
 
2012-12-24 03:46:15 PM  
Considering the source, this is not a surprising pick. Both suck.

/ Slipknot's "Spit It Out" is the most perfect song ever
 
2012-12-24 03:48:05 PM  
The most perfect song in the world is For Whom The Bell Tolls by Metallica.
 
2012-12-24 03:49:49 PM  

Mr_Ectomy: I can take or leave "Closing Time" but "The Future" "Dance Me to the End of Love" and "Thousand Kisses Deep" are all better songs than "Hallelujah"


Hallelujah is great, but yes, it's over-saturated. Even Cohen agrees with that. It's bad when you have to make a public plea to get people to stop covering your songs.

Closing Time's just a fun little track.
 
2012-12-24 03:50:06 PM  
Somewhat alert the jazz police!
 
2012-12-24 03:51:06 PM  

ProdigalSigh: Somewhatone alert the jazz police!


Goddamnitsomuch
 
2012-12-24 03:52:56 PM  
"Sonic Reducer" by the Dead Boys.
 
2012-12-24 03:56:30 PM  
The perfect song is and always will be 'The Carroll County Accident' by Porter Wagoner.
 
2012-12-24 03:58:41 PM  
 
2012-12-24 03:59:02 PM  
it's a nice song, for sure,

but the most perfect song in the world is Halleluwah by Can from 1971,

not Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen.
 
2012-12-24 04:00:30 PM  
It's a good song that was just Done.  Far.  Too.  Much.
 
2012-12-24 04:00:57 PM  

I pick Beethoven's "Ode to Joy", ever since I heard it played in "Die Hard"  Does that count?


/Yipee kay-yay, Mr Falcon!

 
2012-12-24 04:03:15 PM  
I don't believe in perfect songs so much as perfect segments in songs. Like a little perfect guitar solo or when the tempo starts to pick up speed or whatnot.
 
2012-12-24 04:07:11 PM  

Mr_Ectomy: The English Major: Mr_Ectomy: FunkOut: Mr_Ectomy: I'm a huge Leonard Cohen fan, and ima let you finish Boner, but "Tower of Song" is the most perfectest songs OF ALL TIME .

Everybody knows.

That, too. In fact Anthem is a better song, as well.

Don't forget The Future and Closing Time.

I can take or leave "Closing Time" but "The Future" "Dance Me to the End of Love" and "Thousand Kisses Deep" are all better songs than "Hallelujah"


"Dance Me to the End of Love" is amazing, but the instrumentation on the original version is...wonky.
 
2012-12-24 04:08:38 PM  

sadbad: "Dance Me to the End of Love" is amazing, but the instrumentation on the original version is...wonky.


Live in London is probably one of the best live albums ever recorded.
 
2012-12-24 04:08:53 PM  
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RaJAxdGeZ4E Concrete Blonde's cover of Cohen's Everybody Knows. Maybe it's because I like the band, maybe it's because of its direct connection to 'Pump Up The Volume', but to me this is one of the rare covers that actually works .
 
2012-12-24 04:08:53 PM  
Okay fine, now I have to prove it, I guess...

Link
 
2012-12-24 04:09:20 PM  
The best song ever is the entire No More Shall We Part album, by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. You can stop reading this thread now.
 
2012-12-24 04:13:28 PM  

skinink: I pick Beethoven's "Ode to Joy", ever since I heard it played in "Die Hard"  Does that count?
/Yipee kay-yay, Mr Falcon!


Beaker did it better.
 
2012-12-24 04:17:21 PM  

movieman_1979: Concrete Blonde's cover of Cohen's Everybody Knows. Maybe it's because I like the band, maybe it's because of its direct connection to 'Pump Up The Volume', but to me this is one of the rare covers that actually works


That is a good cover. You want a bad cover? Listen to Don Henley's version. And I like Don Henley and The Eagles, but that was just an atrocious cover.
 
2012-12-24 04:17:23 PM  
Strange they play this song around Xmas.  A choir sang even this after the Newtown massacre.  Does no one listen to the lyrics?
 
2012-12-24 04:18:26 PM  

FunkOut: I don't believe in perfect songs so much as perfect segments in songs. Like a little perfect guitar solo or when the tempo starts to pick up speed or whatnot.


I like this way of thinking too, but I have a confession to make in regards to it. One of my favorite little moments in all of music comes in an Avenged Sevenfold song. This kind of bad, silly little metal-core band created (probably accidentally) one of the best little snip-its of song in 7 second or so transitions between verse and chorus on "Bat Country". Don't really like any of their music aside from playing their songs occasionally on rhythm games, but that one little chunk of song is one of my favorite things in the world.
 
2012-12-24 04:18:43 PM  
John Cage 4'33".
 
2012-12-24 04:19:34 PM  

OtherBrotherDarryl: Strange they play this song around Xmas.  A choir sang even this after the Newtown massacre.  Does no one listen to the lyrics?


It's like Reagan picking Born in the USA as his campaign song. "The title works, so we'll be fine."
 
2012-12-24 04:20:05 PM  
It's not but Mr. Bono is welcome to his opinion as long as he doesn't try to force it on me.
 
2012-12-24 04:21:25 PM  

davynelson: but the most perfect song in the world is Halleluwah

Messiah by Can George Handel from 1741,

FTFY
 
2012-12-24 04:21:38 PM  

The English Major: OtherBrotherDarryl: Strange they play this song around Xmas.  A choir sang even this after the Newtown massacre.  Does no one listen to the lyrics?

It's like Reagan picking Born in the USA as his campaign song. "The title works, so we'll be fine."


And then there's "I Love L.A."
 
2012-12-24 04:22:06 PM  
It's been done to death, but I'm not going to deny I was pretty impressed the first time I heard the Buckley version.
 
2012-12-24 04:23:09 PM  
 
2012-12-24 04:23:36 PM  
There's about two great performances of "Hallelujah", and about a thousand that are garbage.

Friends don't let friends record cover versions of "Hallelujah".
 
2012-12-24 04:26:41 PM  
kd lang's cover was the best version of it.
 
2012-12-24 04:26:55 PM  
Pachelbel's Canon is the perfect song.
 
2012-12-24 04:28:19 PM  
You haven't had sex until you've had sex with Hallelujah in the background.

It's just epic.
 
2012-12-24 04:28:32 PM  
Hallelujah is the most perfect song ...

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2012-12-24 04:28:35 PM  
Old Shoes by Tom Waits. I liked Hallelujah the first 50 times I heard it but then I just couldn't take it anymore.
 
2012-12-24 04:32:46 PM  
No matter how perfect a song is, someone somewhere is tiered of its shiat.
 
2012-12-24 04:33:46 PM  
Good song yes. The perfect song is silence. Just don't overplay it.
 
2012-12-24 04:38:18 PM  
the perfect song is "sympathy for the devil" especially when covered by Widespread Panic.
 
2012-12-24 04:42:14 PM  
Last quarter during finals I was walking through a mostly deserted campus and came around the corner to hear some young man singing it a Capella. It was the most amazing and beautiful rendition. With the brilliance of the maples in autumn, the slight bite to the wind and the joy of having finished my last final it was as close to a perfect moment as I have ever had.
 
2012-12-24 04:44:40 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: [img.bleacherreport.net image 340x234]

*approves*

/You're welcome


The Pink and the Stink?
 
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