Following Leonard Cohen‘s death on Nov. 7, the singer-songwriter’s signature composition, “Hallelujah,” debuts at No. 20 on Billboard‘s Hot Rock Songs chart (dated Nov. 26), marking just the second appearance for the revered ballad on a Billboard chart.
The track, originally released on Cohen’s 1984 album Various Positions, debuts on the strength of 1 million U.S. streams and 3,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music, much of those metrics likely logged in the final hours of those metrics’ tracking week, which ended Nov. 10; Cohen’s death was announced that evening.
“Hallelujah” previously made just one chart, in December 2012, when it bowed at No. 7 on Hot Singles Sales (with 1,000 sold). The track did not chart upon its original release, although numerous covers, most famously by Jeff Buckley, helped make it beloved. Buckley’s version, meanwhile, also graces a Billboard chart after Cohen’s death, returning to Rock Digital Song Sales at No. 50 with 2,000 sold. Cohen’s charts at No. 47.
The track also leads both the LyricFind U.S. and LyricFind Global charts, which track the volume of domestic and global lyric searches, at No. 1.
“Hallelujah” and Cohen’s album catalog, as well as notable covers of “Hallelujah,” should soar on charts dated Dec. 3, the first full tracking week since his death.