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Song Stories

“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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“Wake Up Everybody”

John Legend and the Roots | 2010

A Number One record by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in 1976 (a McFadden- and Whitehead-penned classic sung by Teddy Pendergrass) inspired the title and lead single from Wake Up!, John Legend's tribute album to message music. The more familiar strains of "Wake Up Everybody" also fit his agenda. "It basically sums up, in a very concise way, all the things we were thinking about when we were putting this record together in that it's about justice, doing the right thing and coming together to make the world a better place," he said. Vocalists Common and Melanie Fiona assist Legend on this mission to connect.

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