Top 10 Leonard Cohen Songs
Leonard Cohen's legacy goes beyond the numerous covers of his songs, and the seemingly endless soundtrack appearances. Those things helped afford him some small measure of fame, but they never gave a full accounting of his genius.
For that, as this list of Top 10 Leonard Cohen Songs shows, you've got to dig into the albums – places where the singer-songwriter challenged himself as much as he ever challenged the listener.
Singing with a foundation-rattling voice that could be remarkably pitiless, winkingly acerbic and unfathomably sad, Cohen continued pushing toward the far creative horizon over 14 studio albums before his 2016 death – bringing in elements of jazz, gospel, cabaret and pop to augment his foundational sound as a folk-poet.
Often, Cohen discussed things that others couldn't (or at the very least wouldn't) like politics, sexuality and religion. But he never pulled a punch when it came to his own frailties and, as you'll see in this list of the Top 10 Leonard Cohen songs, he always approached things with a sharp, writerly eye.