After renowned Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died at age 82 last week, his signature song “Hallelujah” leads the LyricFind U.S. and Global charts (dated Nov. 26), as it debuts at No. 1 on each survey.
The LyricFind Global and LyricFind U.S. charts rank the fastest momentum-gaining tracks in lyric-search queries globally and in the U.S., respectively, provided by LyricFind. The Global chart includes queries from all countries except the U.S. The company is the world’s leader in licensed lyrics, with data provided by more than 4,000 publishers and utilized by more than 100 services, including Amazon, Pandora, Deezer, Shazam, Microsoft, Yahoo, SoundHound and iHeartRadio.
As “Hallelujah” debuts atop both LyricFind charts, “Suzanne,” a classic from Cohen’s 1967 debut album Songs of Leonard Cohen, debuts at No. 2 on the Global chart and No. 5 on the U.S. ranking.
On Nov. 11, the day after the announcement of Cohen’s death, lyric searches for “Suzanne” increased by 1,411 percent, while searches for “Hallelujah” increased by 120 percent, according to data provided by LyricFind. Searches for “Suzanne” increased more exponentially than “Hallelujah” because queries for the latter were already high before Cohen’s death, given the higher profile of “Hallelujah” historically. “Hallelujah,” from Cohen’s 1984 album Various Positions, has become a modern standard thanks to countless covers, most notably by Jeff Buckley in 1994.
Although Cohen died Nov. 7 in Los Angeles, his death wasn’t announced publicly until three days later on his Facebook page with the message: “We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries.”