1. "Famous blue raincoat" (1971)
A true evergreen, a ballad that gets the listener to break up at the first listening. The brilliantly stripped-down melody carries the text, as the images flicker in the skull. Öppningsraderna sets the scene perfectly: "It’s four in the morning, the end of December/I’m writing you now just to see if you’re better".
2. "Bird on the wire" (1969)
the fragility, intimacy, poetry… it is not difficult to understand that this ballad belongs to Leonard cohen’s most recognized. Countrysångaren Kris Kristofferson is said to have said that the text öppningsrader should be on his tombstone: "Like a bird on the wire/like a drunk in a midnight choir/I have tried in my way to be free".
3. "Hallelujah" (1984)
Impossible to get around. But there were other songs that attracted more attention when the album "Various positions" was published in 1984. Only when Jeff Buckley did a cover in 1994, the song is a evergreen. Since then, the variernde success has been interpreted by countless artists, including Rufus Wainwright, K D Lang, Peter Jöback and Carola.
4. "Heart with no companion" (1984)
the Closest to a modern folk song, proud and dignified. A song to all who feel any form of regret or one or another kind of hole in existence, and a call to fight on: "For the heart with no companion/For the soul without a king/For the prima ballerina/Who cannot dance to anything." SEE ALSO PLUS "Cohen saw that I was heartbroken."
5. "Tower of song" (1988)
the Documentary "Leonard Cohen: I’m your man" from 2006 is one of the last years ‘ most acclaimed music films, with Cohen-interpretations of artists such as Nick Cave, Martha Wainwright and Jarvis Cocker. The finest is a special version of the intimate ballad "Tower of song" where Cohen compass of the U2 and the world’s greatest rock band turn into proud little boys.
6. "Suzanne" (1967)
Öppingsspåret on the debut album, "Songs of Leonard Cohen" has probably received thousands of romantic young men with poetic ambitions to go out and buy a guitar. Suzanne was named Verdal in the last name and was when the song was co-written by one of cohen’s konstnärsvänner. She has, in interviews, denied that she and Cohen had a sexual relationship, despite the fact that the text is to interpret the so. Among other Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Nina Simone has made the covers.
7. "Everybody knows" (1988)
Succéalbumet "I'm your man" was one for the late 80′s very typical production, which could have been the music to age badly. But the songs on the album are so strong and a nytänd Cohen sings them with so much dignity, and the impact that it is easy to ignore some synths and drum machines. In recent years, this bitterly humorous look at the humanity is always heard to the peaks on the cohen’s konsertrer.
8. "Anthem" (1992)
One of the many interesting things with Leonard Cohen is that he made several of their best records late in their career. As "The future" from 1992. Where is this ballad, with the immortal line, "There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in". Håkan Hellström borrowed the song title "In the cracks comes the light in" on his latest album.
9. "So long, Marianne" (1967)
Leonard Cohen met the Norwegian Marianne Ihlen on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960. They were a couple during the 60′s and Ihlen has often been described as his muse. A short time before she passed away earlier this year, wrote Cohen a letter to her, apparently with a premonition that he himself had not far to go: "I know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I believe that you can reach the my. Farewell my old friend. Everlasting love. We will be seen further on the road".
10. "You want it ” darker" (2016)
"I’m ready, my lord." Just as David Bowie knew Leonard Cohen album he released this year would be his last. You want it ” darker" is a long, dark farewell. But also now with safe, cohenska the light oozing in through a crack. He is ready, ready to go on. A rock-solid final.
11. "Chelsea hotel #2" (1974)
the Song is about an intimate moment on the famous konstnärshotellet in New York city, with the classic line "Giving me head on the unmade bed, while the limousines wait in the street". The singer revealed a time from the scene to the woman in the text was Janis Joplin, which he later regretted.
Some Cohen classics, which really could also be worthy of the list: "I’m your man" (1988), "First we take Manhattan" (1988), "Ain’t no cure for love" (1988), "Take this waltz" (1988), "Dance me to the end of love" (1984), "Joan of Arc" (1971), "Sisters of mercy" (1967), "Don’t go home with your hard-on" (1977). SEE ALSO Cohen released the best obituary about himself