In honor of his 80th birthday this year, Leonard Cohen will release a new record of original material entitled Popular Problems next week. Both the album's title and its first single, "Almost Like the Blues," show the Canadian maestro firmly in his comfort zone, exactly where he should be. Nobody is really looking for an experimental album from Cohen 47 years into his recording career.
YouTube Leonard Cohen in the "Closing Time" video
Still, the poet has shown that he doesn't need any frills to produce amazing record after amazing record. With so much material to look back on, it's hard to narrow down his greatest songs, so let's not even try. Instead, let's go over Cohen's best collaborations throughout the past near half-century.