Leonard Cohen

~ Person

Legal name: Leonard Norman Cohen


Leonard Norman Cohen CC GOQ (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) was a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and painter. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen 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 a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honor. In 2011, Cohen 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; he did not launch a music career until 1967, at the age of 33. 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 was co-written and produced by Phil Spector, which 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 and Oriental and Mediterranean influences. Perhaps Cohen's most famous song, "Hallelujah" was first released on his studio album Various Positions in 1984. I'm Your Man in 1988 marked Cohen's turn to synthesized productions and remains his most popular album. 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, which was a major hit in Canada and Europe. His eleventh album, Dear Heather, followed in 2004. After a successful string of tours between 2008 and 2010, Cohen released three albums in the final four 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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Songs of Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen 4.85 12
1969 Songs From a Room Leonard Cohen 4.65 10
1970 Songs of Love and Hate Leonard Cohen 4.65 11
1974 New Skin for the Old Ceremony Leonard Cohen 4.5 5
1977 Death of a Ladies’ Man Leonard Cohen 4 5
1979 Recent Songs Leonard Cohen 4 7
1984 Various Positions Leonard Cohen 4.5 7
1988 I'm Your Man Leonard Cohen 4.5 8
1992 The Future Leonard Cohen 4 5
2001 Ten New Songs Leonard Cohen 3.8 10
2004 Dear Heather Leonard Cohen 4 7
2012 Old Ideas Leonard Cohen 4 5
2014 Popular Problems Leonard Cohen 3 3
2016 You Want It Darker Leonard Cohen 4 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 So Long, Marianne Leonard Cohen 3 4
1975 The Best of Leonard Cohen / Greatest Hits Leonard Cohen 4 11
1980 Liebesträume: Leonard Cohen singt seine schönsten Lieder Leonard Cohen 1
1982 Greatest Hits Leonard Cohen 1
1982 Highlights Leonard Cohen 1
1992 Los 60 de los 60 Leonard Cohen 1
1997 More Best of Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen 4 4
2002 The Essential Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen 5 8
2003 An Introduction to Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen 1
2008 The Collection Leonard Cohen 1
2009 Greatest Hits Leonard Cohen 2
2011 All Time Best Leonard Cohen 1
2011 The Complete Columbia Albums Collection Leonard Cohen 1
2015 Opus Collection Leonard Cohen 1
Best Leonard Cohen 1
Best Of Leonard Cohen 1
Golden Hits Leonard Cohen 1
Hit Collection Leonard Cohen 1
The Best of Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen 1

Album + Compilation + Spokenword

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 Leonard Cohen & Canadian Poetry Leonard Cohen, A.J.M. Smith, Irving Layton, F.R. Scott, Louis Dudek, A.M. Klein 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Live Songs Leonard Cohen 4 5
1993 No Cure for Love Leonard Cohen 1
1994 Live in Concert Leonard Cohen 3
2000 Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979 Leonard Cohen 2
2009 Live in London Leonard Cohen 5 6
2009 Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 Leonard Cohen 2
2010 Songs From the Road Leonard Cohen 3
2012 Angels at My Shoulder Leonard Cohen 1
2014 From The Shadows Leonard Cohen 1
2014 Live in Dublin Leonard Cohen 5
2015 Can't Forget: A Souvenir of The Grand Tour Leonard Cohen 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 The Partisan Leonard Cohen 2
1973 Suzanne / Bird On The Wire Leonard Cohen 1
1976 Do I Have To Dance All Night / The Butcher Leonard Cohen 1
1988 Ain’t No Cure for Love Leonard Cohen 2
1988 First We Take Manhattan Leonard Cohen 1
1988 I'm Your Man Leonard Cohen 1
1989 First We Take Manhattan / Suzanne / So Long Marianne Leonard Cohen 1
2011 Show Me The Place Leonard Cohen 1
2012 Darkness Leonard Cohen 1
2014 Almost Like the Blues Leonard Cohen 1

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Live in Fredericton Leonard Cohen 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 The Complete Studio Albums Collection Leonard Cohen 5 1

Broadcast + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2016 The End of Love Leonard Cohen 1

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