There are many ways to introduce you to one of the greatest songwriters of modern times but perhaps the easiest is to listen to this playlist we've concocted, featuring some of his finest moments to date.
This 'introduction to...' digital mixtape takes in various stages of his journey from the gutter protégé to singing Judy Garland at New York's Carnegie Hall.
Rufus Wainwright: an introduction
'The Art Teacher'
'Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk'
'Who Are You New York?'
'Dinner At Eight'
'Going To A Town'
'I Don't Know What It Is'
'Give Me Want I Want and Give It To Me Now! 'Barcelona'
'Leaving For Paris No. 2'
'Oh What A World'
'Complainte De La Butte'
'Harvester Of Hearts'
'Movies Of Myself'
'What Are You Doing on New Year's Eve'
'I Can't Give You Anything But Love - Live At Carnegie Hall'
'You Go To My Head - Live At Carnegie Hall
All Days Are Nights: Songs For LuLu is out now.
DiScuss: What would feature on a mixtape of your favourite Rufus tracks?