Everybody knows ‘Hallelujah.’ Here are 10 other brilliant Leonard Cohen songs you should hear

Leonard Cohen
Seen performing at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, Leonard Cohen crafted a deep, nuanced catalog.
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From his evergreen songs, we all know that Suzanne brought Leonard Cohen “tea and oranges that come all the way from China.” He gave us a sage reminder that, “There is a crack, a crack in everything/ That’s how the light gets in.” He once confessed: “Like a bird on a wire/ Like a drunk in a midnight choir/ I have tried in my way/ To be free.”

And more than any other sentiment, Cohen showed us that sometimes salvation springs from a simple, celestial chorus of “hallelujah.”

To the casual fan, the beloved bard, who died this week at 82, was best known for “Hallelujah” and the various covers it spawned. But his catalog, stretching back to 1967, is deep and mystical and far more nuanced than he gets credit for.

Here are 10 of Cohen’s songs you might not know – but certainly should.


“Seems So Long Ago, Nancy” (1969):

“Please Don’t Pass Me By (A Disgrace)” (1973):


“Is This What You Wanted” (1974):

“True Love Leaves No Traces” (1977):

“The Guests” (1979):

“If It Be Your Will” (1984):


“Tower of Song” (1988):

“The Future” (1992):

“The Darkness” (2012):

“You Want It Darker” (2016):



What did Leonard Cohen really mean when he sang ‘Hallelujah’?

Leonard Cohen always found just the right words

So long, Leonard Cohen. We need you now more than ever

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