He was born Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel, but you can call him Seal. No, really, you can: everyone else does...and by “everyone else,” we mean the millions of people who’ve bought his records over the past 30 years.
Today, we offer up a collection of some of his best songs, selecting one from each of his first five albums...and, yes, we admit that we went with a couple of obvious picks to kick things off, but as we progress through the list, maybe you’ll land on a tune you haven’t heard before, which might send you to listen to that album again - or perhaps for the first time! - and remind you just how great Seal’s music is.
“Crazy” (from Seal, 1991)
Although he first came to the attention of record-buyers when he contributed vocals to “Killer,” a song by Adamski, it proved to be such a hit - it was a No. 1 hit in the UK - that Seal promptly found himself an international success, with “Crazy” climbing to No. 2 in the U.K. and No. 7 in the U.S.
“Kiss from a Rose” (from Seal, 1994)
Known to those who came of age in the ‘90s as “that song from the Batman movie,” Seal’s contribution to the Batman Forever soundtrack had actually made its debut on his second album and had even been released as a single in his native England a year before the film’s opening. After the movie came out, though, the song was remixed, rediscovered, topped the Billboard Hot 100, and earned Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
“Latest Craze” (from Human Being, 1998)
Although Seal’s third album wasn’t as big a success as its predecessors with audiences or critics, it nonetheless had a number of solid songs in the mix. While this tune failed to make much of a ripple when it was released as a single, it’s still a fan favorite.
“Waiting for You” (from Seal IV, 2003)
Not as huge as his first two albums, but definitely a comeback album in terms of reminding fans that he was still out there, Seal scored the biggest hit from Seal IV with “Love’s Divine,” but this is an underrated gem that’s worth dusting off and reevaluating.
“The Right Life” (from System, 2007)
System was Seal’s final album of originals before he dipped his toe into the covers album market with Soul, and it’s a shame that he didn’t just stick with original material, because if there’s one thing this album - and this song in particular - shows, it’s that he’s still got plenty of creative juices flowing.