Seal belongs to an elite club whose other members include Madonna, Prince, Björk, Beck, and Beyoncé: all performers who go by one name. The London-born singer-songwriter rose to fame in 1990 as the co-writer and featured singer of DJ Adamski’s UK chart-topping single Killer, before signing a record deal with ABC and Frankie Goes To Hollywood producer Trevor Horn’s ZTT label, under whose aegis the best Seal songs defined a strain of UK pop in the 90s.
Marrying pop, rock and dance music, and surrounding his protégé’s husky, soul-infused delivery with dazzling high-tech production artifice, Horn helped transform the singer born Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel into a global household name in the 90s, via enormous hit singles such as Crazy and Kiss From A Rose. In his later years, Seal evolved as a singer, broadening his palette and showing deeper artistry by exploring the worlds of soul and jazz music with albums that interpreted standards from the two genres.
For those seeking out his finest musical moments, here’s our countdown of the best Seal songs.
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20: Bring It On (from ‘Seal’, 1994)
This infectious chunk of driving pop-funk, about meeting destiny head-on, was co-written by and featured guitarist Wendy Melvoin and keyboardist Lisa Coleman, former members of Prince’s band The Revolution. Produced by Trevor Horn, it appeared as both the opening and closing cut on Seal’s self-titled 1994 album.