Top 10 Leonard Cohen Songs And Fan Favorites

Leonard Cohen Songs

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Our Top 10 Leonard Cohen Songs And Fan Favorites presents our picks along with fan favorites in showcasing some of the best songs Leonard Cohen ever released. Even though Leonard Cohen is gone, his nearly fifty years in the music industry gave us more than we can desire from him. Born in 1934, the Canadian songwriter and singer is probably what Malcolm Gladwell would call an Outlier in the music industry. Thanks to his writing, fiction, and poetry skills, Leonard Cohen maintained quite a high profile in the music industry for his lifetime in music. Even though not all of his jams emerged as global hits, they all have some magical expression.

Known by many as the late-blooming gloom-monger among the elite coterie of the sixties and seventies artists, Leonard Cohen enjoyed a fruitful career. Notably, his music career was marked by spiritual hiatuses and a redefinition, which later resulted in an amazingly great career in American entertainment. Even at his old age, Leonard Cohen would manage to pull some amazing three-and-a-half-hour concerts regularly. And thanks to his multiple no-brainer albums that the singer would keep his audience engaged and overly entertained. Our Top 10 Leonard Cohen Songs brings us to the best songs by the artists that gained traction and a great following to date worldwide.

# 10 – Master Song

Coming in at tenth position is probably one of Leonard Cohen’s most remarkable narratives in all his albums. This jam weaves a pretty compelling narrative from the perspective of a slave. As per the lyrics, the slave seems to be in a situation where he is tortured by enduring his master’s devotion to her new mistress. However, while this might seem to have been targeted in elevating the masters ‘masculinity’ verses in the music later mocks the master’s new relationship.

Cohen brings out quite a vibe with the revelation that the slave is his master’s master in this love triangle. The lyrical prowess of Leonard Cohen in this steamy song can barely be achieved by most artists there. Even better is the twist of events as expressed by the artist in his song, making it one of his best.

# 9 – Anthem

Released as the centerpiece to his 1992 album, The Future, this song is quite a banger related to the current decade. The song rings out incredible apocalyptic imagery that Leonard Cohen presented to the world. Its chorus gives the song spiritual reasoning, answering why the world is breaking around us- the crack in everything. His 1992 album, like the current decade, was released in quite some turbulent times when America faced multiple riots and earthquakes. Probably, this is the ballad that most can take up during the sad pandemic times and likely even years later when the world faces some calamities.

# 8- Dance Me to the End of Life

This hit song from Leonard Cohen’s 1984 album, Various Positions, is described as trembling on the brink of becoming a standard. A song characterized by the redefinition of Leonard Cohen, Dance Me to the End of Life is one of his most extraordinary and moving songs. Composed with a cheap Casio synth, a narrative inspired by the song Leonard Cohen had heard of prisoners. From the tale, the prisoners at concentration camps were forced into playing music to soundtrack their fellow detainees while being led to the crematorium. Despite a seductive, sweet, jazzy melody, the lyrics are disturbing if you pay attention.

# 7 – Everybody Knows

Despite having a somber tone and repetition of the song’s title, in the beginning, Everybody Knows remains one of Leonard Cohen’s most famous songs. Released on the 1988 album I’m Your Man, this song makes it in Cohen’s most pessimistic songs. While we know much, having all the facts packaged together might make some pretty sad truths for many, and so does the mood of the song dictate. Covered by multiple artists, the song is quite a great jam, showing the lyrical prowess of music legend Leonard Cohen.

# 6 – Tower of Song

Featured in his 1988 album I’m Your Man, this song is regarded as the keynote work of the album. This song is a love letter to his craft where he equates the chase of his poetry gift to being trapped in a terrifying prison. Here, Leonard Cohen puts across the prison as the price he has to pay for his creativity-quite a high price but the fantastic results it yields. What better way would Cohen tag his true gift than to show the world the truth behind his art? Well, we all can attest to his short narrative that narrows down to the fact that loneliness is a small price that geniuses and top performers must pay to earn fame.

# 5- Famous Blue Raincoat

For Famous Blue Raincoat, Leonard Cohen borrows a technique that goes back to the invention of the English-language novel centered around a love triangle. You ought to love how Cohen frames this song to create a perfect narrative. Listening keenly to the lyrics, you discover that the song is an emotion-evoking stream of consciousness that documents the mindset of a torn soul. The song relates deeply to its 1971 Songs of Love and Hate album, which expresses deep emotions of passion and hatred.

# 4 – Bird on the Wire

Like most of his songs, Bird on the Wire was bound to succeed, thanks to Leonard Cohen’s lyrical density and prowess. Notably, the song came at a time when Cohen was going through depression while living on the Greek Island of Hydra. Here, Cohen noticed a bird sitting on the telephone wire, having him compare himself to the bird. Despite a frustrating start in music, Leonard Cohen would redefine himself by having a new approach to his works in music. The result was a beloved song that became quite a popular song of his live shows for decades.

# 3 – Hallelujah

Coming into the top three songs by Leonard Cohen is a song that takes us deeper into Leonard Cohen’s poetry prowess. In this song, Leonard Cohen crafted words that craved to be sung for the backdrop of music’s revolutionary influence. Leonard Cohen had the song Hallelujah makes the perfect love song. To Leonard Cohen, the song proves to be a hymn leading to redemption and therapeutic cleansing of a broken soul or heart.

# 2 – So Long, Marianne

Thanks to So Long, Marianne, we can all agree that Leonard Cohen was a lyrical god of his time. His performance for this ballad was also blistering great to the pop-perfect vibe by the song. Featured in his debut album Songs of Leonard Cohen, the song was inspired by Marianne Jensen a lady Leonard Cohen met on Greek Island Hydra back in 1960. Marianne had been left by her husband alongside her six-month-old son alone on the island. Leonard Cohen would take the two back to Oslo then invited them to Montreal. The rest would be history having the lady inspire most of his songs and poems. In the song, Leonard Cohen features the complexities of love, the joy in true love, and the thrill in lust that comes with all the interaction.

# 1 – Suzanne

There is no bigger song than Suzanne having it launched Leonard Cohen’s career after he shared its lyrics with Collins where she invited him to the stage. Later, the song would be featured in her album In My Life. The song is inspired by a true story of a lady, Suzanne, having him write about an interspersing of mind and spirit with her. With the song featured as the first song in his debut record, it probably set Leonard Cohen as one of the great lyricists and singers to look out for even after his first album.

Readers Poll: Fan Favorite Leonard Cohen Songs

# 10 -In My Secret Life

# 9 – Almost Like The Blues

# 8 – Popular Problems

# 7 – Dance Me to the End of Life

# 6 – You Want It Darker

# 5 – So Long, Marianne

# 4 – Happens to the Heart

# 3 – Suzanne

# 2 -First We Take Manhattan

# 1 – Hallelujah

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