Seals & Crofts Songs Ranked

Seals and Crofts were an American soft rock duo made up of James Eugene “Jim” Seals (born October 17, 1941) and Darrell George “Dash” Crofts (born August 14, 1938). They are best known for their Hot 100 No. 6 hits “Summer Breeze” (1972), “Diamond Girl” (1973), and “Get Closer” (1976). Both members have long been public advocates of the Baháʼí Faith. Though the duo disbanded in 1980, they reunited briefly in 1991–1992, and again in 2004, when they released their final album, Traces. During their early years on the road, the two performers played as an acoustic duo, but during their “hit years” on Big Tree, they toured with a backup band that included: Danny Gorman (drums, percussion), Bubba Keith (guitar, backing vocals), John Leland (bass), Ovid Stevens (guitar) and Michael Vernacchio (keyboards, synthesizers). In March 1980 “In It For Love”, one of two new recordings added to The Best of England Dan and John Ford Coley (December 1979), only managed #53 and after contributing songs to the movie Just Tell Me You Love Me in 1980, the pair went their separate ways. Here are all of Seals & Croft songs ranked.

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13. Wisdom (Diamond Girl, 1973)

“Soft Rock at it’s best and most beautiful. Beautiful in many ways, from the lyrics, through the music, to the now seemingly naive world view of peace and love.”

12. You’re the Love (Takin’ It Easy, 1978)

“I remember this song when it was played on the radio, Seals and Crofts go disco! This was a pretty popular song and was featured on the vinyl version of their greatest hits collection and when that album was transferred to cd was dropped for some reason.”

11. King of Nothing (Unborn Child, 1974)

“The wonderful “King of Nothing” is on this album; a bittersweet evocation of adolescent longing. Without a doubt one of the most thoughtful and touching works of art.”

10. Ruby Jean and Billie Lee (Diamond Girl, 1973)

“We need a revival of these types of classics. No angry, hate based lyrics. Love and be loved. Live and let live. “Ruby Jean and Billie Lee” shows the beautiful and incredible vocal talents of Seals and Crofts.”

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9. East of Ginger Trees (Summer Breeze, 1972)

“East of Ginger Trees” is more of an indication of what Seals & Crofts were all about. Nice hippie folk music, devoid of soul, but retaining some groove.”

8. I’ll Play for You (I’ll Play for You, 1975)

“Jimmy Seals was the older brother of Dan Seals (Country Western singer who passed away here a few years ago) and together with Dash Crofts made for a great performing duo in the realm of easy-listening pop music. Timeless stuff…!”

7. Jessica (Diamond Girl, 1973)

“Jessica” has got to be the sappiest song of the bunch. But, Hey! my niece’s name is “Jessica and It was once a favorite of mine and still is a beautiful song.”

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6. When I Meet Them (Year of Sunday, 1971)

“Off to a brisk start with the minor hit: “When I Meet Them”, you will notice that many musical styles jump right out at you. Pop,folk,country and jazz can all be present in the span of a single tune. These instrumental elements added to the finest mesh of the two greatest voices since the mid-sixties heyday of Simon & Garfunkel make this music something really special.”

5. Get Closer (Get Closer, 1976)

“Here “Get Closer” has a good country-folk-soft rock start. But in the chorus there are too much strings and horrible feminine backing vocals which badly spoil this nice melody.”

4. Hummingbird (Summer Breeze, 1972)

“Seals and Crofts are one of those groups, like Crosby, Stills and Nash(who they sound very much like), who you wonder why you loved them. Then you hear that harmonization, the sweet coupling of sounds that makes up a duet. Hummingbird was by no means their only hit, but it was their best song and personified the duo.”

3. Diamond Girl (Diamond Girl, 1973)

“Some people think “Diamond Girl” is ripping off Van Morrison’s “Moondance” a little bit, and maybe they’re right since I never really noticed it until it was brought to my attention. Both songs feature similar vibes.”

2. We May Never Pass This Way (Again) (Diamond Girl, 1973)

“We May Never Pass This Way (Again)” certainly displays songwriting craft and also has some touching sentimentality, but it’s sickly-sweet and the merciless amount of airplay it’s received over the years doesn’t entirely help.”

1. Summer Breeze (Summer Breeze, 1972)

“Summer Breeze song seems to epitomize the soft rock West Coast sound that was ‘blowing’ through American music in 1972. The vocalist sounds a lot like Cat Stevens at times. It is a pretty, pensive song with a note of melancholy, a good example of the folk-pop style so in vogue back then. The song peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.”