75. Leonard Cohen, Songs of Leonard Cohen (Columbia, 1968)

A good friend once described "Sisters of Mercy" as a song about "an androgynous, low-voiced guy singing about how these nuns are coming to his aid". She obviously hadn't seen Robert Altman's McCabe and Ms. Miller, which marvelously (and repeatedly) incorporates that song, "Stranger Song", and "Winter Lady". There was never a soundtrack because all three are available here, along with other chestnuts like "Suzanne", "So Long, Marianne" and "Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye". They're all the work of a madman, probably the closest English-speaking equivalent to Serge Gainsbourg. Cohen may never have recorded a borderline-profane duet with Jane Birkin (nor told Whitney Houston he wanted to fuck her on live television), but he's way more subversive than Gainsbourg. His later, weathered recordings drive this point home further, but this is immediate enough.