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Top Leonard Cohen Songs

Updated on July 16, 2012

The best songs of Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen is a Canadian poet, songwriter and singer. Cohen, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is legendary throughout the world for writing and performing such classics and “Suzanne” and “Bird on a Wire”. Cohen’s songs have also been recorded by the likes of such diverse performers as Joe Cocker, REM, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Judy Collins, Bono, Bob Dylan, Elton John and Justin Timberlake.

Selecting a ‘best of list’ or the ‘top’ songs of an artist, especially if the artist has been honing his craft for half a century, is of course a very subjective assignment. Nonetheless, below is a summary of what I believe are the most powerful and beautiful examples of Cohen’s work. All of the videos have been linked from Youtube.

Suzanne - Live performance from from "Live At The Isle of Wight 1970"

Dance Me to the End Of Love

First We Take Manhattan


First We Take Manhatten

Leonard Cohen's Greatest Hits

I'm your man


Bird On a Wire


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    • epigramman profile image

      epigramman 5 years ago

      Maybe, my fellow Canadian, they should take the title, The Great One, lol, away from Wayne Gretzky, and lay it on your honorable shoulders.

      Well Amy Becherer, one of the Hub's greatest writers/poets has sent me your way with much acclaim, and as soon as I saw Tim Hortons' Donuts then I knew you must be the Great One and a Canadian at that -no doubt this Leonard Cohen hub tribute would be considered essential in my book - thank you for taking the time to put this one together and indulging us with some great music and lyrics (and videos too) hubbravo to my friend - and you have so many great looking Hubs here that it looks like a never ending buffet - suffice to say - I will return.

      sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 10:37am and drinking my first coffee this morning but it's not Tim Hortons -lol - I save that for night shift at work

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      mts1098 5 years ago

      There was a cd a few years ago that had some famous artists like billy joel sing songs of cohen. I did not know who cohen was before the cd but after I listened to the songs I apprecited him more...good work...cheers

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      rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Beautiful. His voice is so soothing and rich. It's nice to see you included Dance Me To The End of Love, love, love, love.

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      flagostomos 5 years ago from Washington, United States

      I love hallelujah but interestingly enough I think others have covered it better. The emotion he conveys in the lyrics is amazing.

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      How did you leave the best one out?

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      Josak 5 years ago from variable

      Amazing singer song writer, definitely one of the best, my favorite song by him is Alexandra leaving.