* CoveredUp: "Hallelujah" (from ''Music/VariousPositions''), notably; "Suzanne" (from ''Music/SongsOfLeonardCohen''), "Bird on the Wire" (''Music/SongsFromARoom'') are also popular choices.
** "The Partisan" was originally [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Complainte_du_Partisan written in 1943]] by two exiled French Resistance members, but his version is the best-known one.
* DorkAge: The middle point of his career, between ''Music/NewSkinForTheOldCeremony'' and ''Music/VariousPositions'', is considered by some to contain his weakest work, and the period was marked by diminished public and critical esteem. He got better.
* EarWorm: ''Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelu-u-jah~"
** "This waltz, this waltz, this waltz, this waltz…"
** "Everybody ''knows''..."
*** From the same album, the opener "First We Take Manhattan". [[https://youtube.com/watch?v=JTTC_fD598A Listen at your own risk.]]
** "Hineni, hineni..."
* NightmareFuel: Cohen actually managed to make folk music disturbing on ''Music/SongsOfLoveAndHate''. The suicidal self-loathing lyrics from ''Dress Rehearsal Rag'' are horrifying together with the stressful, endlessly repeating melody (the only "breaks" are the chorus). Even worse - [[CreatorBreakdown Cohen was feeling like that at the time]]. And then we have the darkly comical ''Diamonds in the Mine'' where the vocals get increasingly unhinged as the song progresses, and by the end it's pretty much angry screaming. Both are listed under SanitySlippageSong on the main page for good reason.
* SignatureSong: "Suzanne" or "Bird on the Wire" early in his career, "Hallelujah" since TheNineties.