Legal name: Leonard Norman Cohen


Leonard Norman Cohen (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) was a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, depression, sexuality, loss, death, and romantic relationships. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honour. In 2011, he received one of the Prince of Asturias Awards for literature and the ninth Glenn Gould Prize.

Cohen pursued a career as a poet and novelist during the 1950s and early 1960s, and did not begin a music career until 1967. His first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967), was followed by three more albums of folk music: Songs from a Room (1969), Songs of Love and Hate (1971) and New Skin for the Old Ceremony (1974). His 1977 record Death of a Ladies' Man, co-written and produced by Phil Spector, was a move away from Cohen's previous minimalist sound.

In 1979, Cohen returned with the more traditional Recent Songs, which blended his acoustic style with jazz, East Asian, and Mediterranean influences. Cohen's most famous song, "Hallelujah", was released on his seventh album, Various Positions (1984). I'm Your Man in 1988 marked Cohen's turn to synthesized productions. In 1992, Cohen released its follow-up, The Future, which had dark lyrics and references to political and social unrest.

Cohen returned to music in 2001 with the release of Ten New Songs, a major hit in Canada and Europe. His 11th album, Dear Heather, followed in 2004. In 2005, Cohen discovered that his manager had stolen most of his money and sold his publishing rights, prompting a return to touring to recoup his losses. Following a successful string of tours between 2008 and 2013, he released three albums in the final years of his life: Old Ideas (2012), Popular Problems (2014), and You Want It Darker (2016), the last of which was released three weeks before his death. A posthumous album, Thanks for the Dance, was released in November 2019, his fifteenth and final studio album.

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1967Songs of Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen4.7519
1969Songs From a RoomLeonard Cohen4.514
1971Songs of Love and HateLeonard Cohen4.5517
1974New Skin for the Old CeremonyLeonard Cohen4.658
1977Death of a Ladies’ ManLeonard Cohen48
1979Recent SongsLeonard Cohen4.358
1984Various PositionsLeonard Cohen412
1988I’m Your ManLeonard Cohen4.5513
1992The FutureLeonard Cohen48
2001Ten New SongsLeonard Cohen4.211
2004Dear HeatherLeonard Cohen48
2007Book of LongingPhilip Glass, Leonard Cohen1
2012Old IdeasLeonard Cohen47
2014Popular ProblemsLeonard Cohen4.25
2016You Want It DarkerLeonard Cohen3.756
2019Thanks for the DanceLeonard Cohen46

Album + Compilation

1975The Best of Leonard Cohen / Greatest HitsLeonard Cohen418
1980Liebesträume: Leonard Cohen singt seine schönsten LiederLeonard Cohen1
1982Greatest Hits (AMIGA, East Germany)Leonard Cohen51
1982HighlightsLeonard Cohen1
1989So Long, MarianneLeonard Cohen3.654
1992Los 60 de los 60Leonard Cohen1
1997More Best of Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen4.55
2002The Essential Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen59
2003Mojo Presents...An Introduction to Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen51
2003Songs of Leonard Cohen / Songs of Love and HateLeonard Cohen2
2008The CollectionLeonard Cohen1
200810 największych balladLeonard Cohen1
2009Greatest Hits (2009, 17 tracks)Leonard Cohen54
2011The Complete Studio Albums CollectionLeonard Cohen51
2011The Complete Columbia Albums CollectionLeonard Cohen1
2012Original Album ClassicsLeonard Cohen1
2015Opus CollectionLeonard Cohen1
2022Hallelujah & Songs From His AlbumsLeonard Cohen1

Album + Compilation + Spokenword

2014Leonard Cohen & Canadian PoetryLeonard Cohen, A.J.M. Smith, Irving Layton, F.R. Scott, Louis Dudek, A.M. Klein1

Album + Live

1973Live SongsLeonard Cohen46
1993No Cure for LoveLeonard Cohen1
1994Cohen Live: Leonard Cohen in ConcertLeonard Cohen43
2001Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979Leonard Cohen52
2009Live in LondonLeonard Cohen57
2009Live at the Isle of Wight 1970Leonard Cohen54
2010Songs From the RoadLeonard Cohen56
2012Angels at My Shoulder-Live 1993Leonard Cohen22
2014From the ShadowsLeonard Cohen1
2014Live in DublinLeonard Cohen56
2015Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand TourLeonard Cohen4
2016Once More for MarianneLeonard Cohen1
2017Upon a Smokey EveningLeonard Cohen1
2019The Lost SessionsLeonard Cohen1
2020A Poet in Amsterdam: The Full 1980 and 1988 BroadcastsLeonard Cohen1


1968So Long, MarianneLeonard Cohen1
1969The PartisanLeonard Cohen2
1969Bird on the WireLeonard Cohen1
1973Suzanne / Bird on the WireLeonard Cohen1
1976Do I Have To Dance All Night / The ButcherLeonard Cohen1
1984HallelujahLeonard Cohen1
1988Ain’t No Cure for LoveLeonard Cohen2
1988First We Take ManhattanLeonard Cohen1
1988I’m Your ManLeonard Cohen1
1989First We Take Manhattan / Suzanne / So Long MarianneLeonard Cohen1
2011Show Me the PlaceLeonard Cohen1
2012DarknessLeonard Cohen1
2014Almost Like the BluesLeonard Cohen1
2016You Want It DarkerLeonard Cohen2.52
2019The GoalLeonard Cohen1
2019Happens to the HeartLeonard Cohen1

Single + Soundtrack

1971Winter LadyLeonard Cohen1
1972The Stranger SongLeonard Cohen1

Single + Remix

2018You Want It Darker (Solomun Remix)Leonard Cohen1

EP + Live

2012Live in FrederictonLeonard Cohen1


2011Back in the Motherland: The 1988 Toronto BroadcastLeonard Cohen1

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