Remembering Leonard Cohen’s Legacy on YouTube

Following the announcement of Leonard Cohen’s death on November 10, “Hallelujah,” one of his most iconic songs, is today’s most-watched video on YouTube, with over 5.2 million views (as of 4pm EST).

Leonard Cohen – “Hallelujah”

Furthermore, today’s increase in views for “Hallelujah” has far outpaced the view increases to other videos on Leonard Cohen’s channel:

The resurgence of “Hallelujah” should come as no surprise. Since September 2014, it has been viewed over 35 million times, making it one of the most popular ‘80s songs on YouTube. Among Cohen’s catalogue, it’s his most popular track, with double the views of his second most-viewed song, “A Thousand Kisses Deep.”

Why is “Hallelujah” so unique? After all, when it was released in 1984, the song did not immediately become a commercial hit. Yet over the past 30 years, it has remained a core part of contemporary culture due to the high number of its covers by other artists. The most popular version on YouTube is Jeff Buckley’s rendition, which has been viewed over 75 million times since September 2014:

Jeff Buckley – “Hallelujah”

Yet famous covers are not the only source of timeless appeal for the song. YouTube creators have covered “Hallelujah” more than any other track release before 2010:

While Cohen may be gone, his music — particularly “Hallelujah” — has memorialized him as a once-in-a-generation talent.

Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah

Music video by Leonard Cohen performing Hallelujah. (C) 2009 Sony Music Entertainment

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HALLELUJAH
I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played and it pleased the lord
But you don't really care for music do you?

It goes like this
The fourth the fifth
The minor fall the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah!

Hallelujah Hallelujah
Hallelujah Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you
To a kitchen chair
And she broke your throne and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah!

Hallelujah Hallelujah
Hallelujah Hallelujah

Now maybe there's a god of love
As for me all I ever learned from love
Is to how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
But it's not a crime that you're here tonight
It's not some pilgrim who claims to have seen the light no
It's a cold and it's a very broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah Hallelujah
Hallelujah Hallelujah
Hallelujah Hallelujah
Hallelujah Hallelujah

Oh people have been here before
I know this room and I've walked this floor
You see I used to live alone before I knew you
And I've seen your flag on the Marble Arch
But listen love love is not some kind of victory march no
It's a cold and very lonely Hallelujah

Hallelujah Hallelujah
Hallelujah Hallelujah

There was a time you let me know
What's really going on below
But now now you never even show it to me do you?
I remember when I moved in you
And the holy dove she was moving too
And every single breath that we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah Hallelujah
Hallelujah Hallelujah

I've done my best I know it wasn't much
I couldn't feel so I learned to touch
I've told the truth
I didn't come here to London just to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I'll stand right here before the lord of song
With nothing nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah Hallelujah
Hallelujah Hallelujah
Hallelujah Hallelujah
Hallelujah Hallelujah

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