Throughout much of his career, Cohen was not a top-selling artist, but many of his songs have become widely recognized due to myriad covers and he is considered to be one of the greatest songwriters of his generation.
Cohen started as a writer, but pursued a music career starting in 1967. He's released 14 albums over those almost-50 years. He enjoyed a late career resurgence with three albums released since 2012 that were among his most celebrated and successful. Old Ideas, Popular Problems, and You Want It Darker all cracked the top 20 on the US charts and saw the highest sales ever in his career.
Though not intended to be his final record, You Want It Darker, released in October just a few weeks before his death, feels like a prophetic release, with thematic elements of religion and death.
So long, Mr. Cohen!
Songs to remember him by:
"So Long Marianne"
"You Want It Darker"