kiss from a roseWritten by Seal, the single ‘Kiss from a Rose’, the second taken from the Batman Forever film soundtrack, topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for one week in August 1995. The single originally made it to #20 in 1994, but upon being re-released after being featured in the film, it reached the top position.

It also won the MTV Movie Award for Best Song from a Movie in the 1996 edition. Seal talked about the long, strange journey that the song went through on The Brian McKnight Show season finale that aired in 2010. He described how the song initially dropped out of the charts shortly after its release. Director Joel Schumacher subsequently called Seal, and requested use of the song to play over a love scene between Dr. Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman) and Bruce Wayne  (Val Kilmer) in Batman Forever. Although the song was eventually not incorporated into this scene, it was instead used to play over the end credits; Seal believes this change contributed to the song’s eventual popularity.

Jack Black performed a cover version on an American Idol charity special in 2007. The judges (Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell) each gave joke reviews of the performance (Randy said he wasn’t feeling it, but that it would help if Black got better pants; Paula gave a negative review, while Simon said that Black sounded better than Sanjaya Malakar). However, Seal had stood up for Black and said it was “the best rendition of Kiss from a Rose [he] ever heard”.

Idina Menzel covered the song during her 2008 Fall tour promoting her album I Stand.   – Wikipedia

Here’s a steamy clip from Batman Forever where Kidman does her best to seduce Kilmer. It features Batman’s classic quip about the Batmobile: “Chicks love the car.”

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