Most Underappreciated Leonard Cohen Song: Final Ballot Results

The Leonard Cohen Song Chosen By The Greatest Number Of Voting Fans As “Most Underappreciated”

 

Note: I apologize for the awkward construction of the title, “The Leonard Cohen Song Chosen By The Greatest Number Of Voting Fans As ‘Most Underappreciated.'” It turns out that at least a dozen readers found it crucial to point out that they found something illogical about holding a popular vote for the most undeservedly unpopular Leonard Cohen song. Nonetheless, even if this notion is oxymoronic, ironic, or just moronic, I couldn’t come up with a better methodology, other than issuing an ex cathedra pronouncement – and nobody wants that. So… I asked fans for their nominations, secure – at that time – in the conviction that they would recognize the subjective intent of “The Most Underappreciated Leonard Cohen Song.” In any case…

When polled, the majority of fans chose The Window as Leonard Cohen’s Most Underappreciated Song.

#2 in the voting is Alexandra Leaving.
#3 in the voting is Night Comes On.

Leonard Cohen Performs The Window Featuring Raffi Hakopian On Violin – Bonn 1980

As far as I can determine, no recording of the Nov 4, 1980 Leonard Cohen concert at the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Germany has been available online – until now. A tape of one hour of the show has emerged, thanks to the generosity of a friend from Bonn, who recorded this song and 11 others with the permission of Leonard Cohen and his sound engineer. (The other songs from this concert will be posted soon.)

 

 

Credit Due Department: Photo of Leonard Cohen by Pete Purnell.

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). The “Leonard Cohen Performs The Window Featuring Raffi Hakopian On Violin – Bonn 1980” entry was originally posted Feb 24, 2018.

4 thoughts on “Most Underappreciated Leonard Cohen Song: Final Ballot Results

  1. Sadly, I’ve always disliked this song in whatever version I’ve heard. Cannot put my finger on it , but it does not hold a candle to so many others – both on the ballot and many that did not even make the final cut. “De gustibus non disputandum est. Amen

  2. I’ve always been in love with all three winners! Ah well… I guess I’d need to be around more Leonard listeners to ask. I’d settle for one listener.

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