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“Kiss From a Rose”

Seal | 1995

Originally issued as a track on Seal's second album, it wasn't until a year later that this ballad became a massive hit, after its inclusion on the Batman Forever soundtrack. As a result, the lyrics to "Kiss From a Rose" have nothing to do with the caped crusader. "All my songs are therapy," Seal told Rolling Stone. "I'm giving therapy to myself." Jack Black would go on to perform the song on an episode of American Idol in 2007 — a version that failed to impress all of the judges but drew praise from Seal himself.

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“I Was Made to Love Her”

Stevie Wonder | 1967

Stevie Wonder discovered true love while still a teenager, writing this ode to young love when he was only 17. The song, Wonder explained, "kind of speaks of my first love, to a girl named Angie, who was a very beautiful woman. She's married now. Actually, she was my third girlfriend but my first love. I used to call Angie up and we would talk and say, 'I love you, I love you,' and we'd talk and we'd both go to sleep on the phone.” The Beach Boys, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston and Boyz II Men have all recorded versions of "I Was Made to Love Her."

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