Sam Smith on 'SNL': Essential Listening to Prepare Tonight's Performance

Saturday Night Live has been getting braver with its musical guest schedule this season and we couldn't be more thrilled. In late 2013, the NBC sketch series showed the world the wonder of HAIM before introducing us to the virtually unknown Frightened-Rabbit-walking-on-sunshine ensemble Bastille a few weeks later. Now, the comedy program is giving singer Sam Smith — who's well on his way to becoming a household name in music in 2014 — that same consideration. And if you haven't yet heard the incredible, soulful, syrupy vocals of this SNL performer, you're about to be in for a treat.

Rather than following the rest of America and discovering this talented man when SNL delivers his live performance, why not join us over here, ahead of the curve, with some essential listening? Smith has already been making waves in the music industry, singing the vocals for Disclosure on their mega hit "Latch" and working with Disclosure, Nile Rodgers, and Jimmy Napes for the excellent and incredibly funky "Together."

Essentially, if you didn't know Smith before today, your life has just changed for the better. Strap on those headphones, settle in, and listen, because you're about to become Smith's biggest fan. You're welcome.

Where You've Definitely Heard Him: "Latch" by Disclosure, Feat. Sam Smith

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Where You Maybe Heard Him But Didn't Know Him: "LaLaLa" by Naughty Boy, Feat. Sam Smith

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What You Need to Hear To Get Your Sam Smith Kick Started: "Lay Me Down"

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The Song That Lets You Know He's a Big Deal: "Together" by Sam Smith x Disclosure x Nile Rodgers X Jimmy Napes

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The Cover That Will Charm You: "When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars, Performed by Sam Smith

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The Clincher: "Stay With Me"

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