Here are 10 great songs of the legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, who passed away recently at the age of 82.
The music industry is reeling from the loss of a real gem. Leonard Cohen died in his Los Angeles, California home on Monday, November 7, but his death was publicly announced on November 10. Heartbroken fans of the “Hallelujah” composer are in shock and are mourning of the prolific visionary’s passing. Cohen was a celebrated Canadian poet, novelist, and musician who penned hundreds of poems, multiple novels, and over 2,000 songs over his five-decade long career. Here are our 10 favorite Leonard Cohen songs:
One of his best-known songs, “Hallelujah,” has been christened as one of the most lyrically beautiful tracks ever written.
The first single from Cohen’s debut album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, “Suzanne” is a melancholic meditation on love.
“Sisters of Mercy” (1967)
This delication ode addresses random encounters, and is based on Cohen’s real-life experience with two stranded female hitchhikers he invited into his hotel room.
“So Long, Marianne” (1967)
Based on his lifelong muse, a beautiful Norwegian woman named Marianne Ihlen, this song is just one of several passionate love songs dedicated to the love of Cohen’s life.
“Bird on the Wire” (1969)
Written during a period of depression, this beloved number addresses loneliness, with the metaphor of a bird sitting alone on a telephone wire.
“Joan of Arc” (1971)
This legendary song is a fitting tribute and a farewell monologue to the young French martyr.
“Famous Blue Raincoat” (1971)
The song of Cohen’s stolen old raincoat has captivated listeners, since it was released as a single on his album Songs of Love and Hate (1971).
“Everybody Knows” (1988)
The dark humor of this iconic song chronicles the corruption of the human soul. “Everybody Knows” has been covered by Guns N’ Roses.
“Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye” (1967)
Covered by several renowned singers over the years, this touching song about romance and distances resonated with lovers everywhere.
“Ain’t No Cure for Love” (1988)
An underrated ballad, this song has been covered dozens of times by well-known singers.