Leonard Cohen’s signature song has reached the Billboard US and Canadian Hot 100 for the first time in the single’s history.
“Hallelujah” was released as a single from 1984’s Various Positions LP, but only this week did it register at #59 on the US Hot 100 chart. It also made its debut on the Canadian Hot 100, placing at #17.
Only two weeks since his passing at the age of 82, the song’s chart success comes from over 33,000 downloads and 3.8 million streams.
Billboard notes that cover versions of the song have charted in the Hot 100 before– the highest position being #13 for a version by Justin Timberlake, Matt Morris and Charlie Sexton for MTV’s Hope for Haiti in 2010.
Cohen’s latest album, You Want It Darker, is also flying high in both the Billboard US and Canadian album charts. It’s currently #7 in the US and #1 in Canada.