"Twist and Shout" (1964)
If you've ever rocked out to The Beatles' version of this Isley Brothers tune, you know that John's vocals are scratchy, growly, and decidedly different from other songs by the group.
During the recording session for their album Please, Please Me, John started to lose his voice. Producer Brian Epstein saved the recording for "Twist and Shout" until the very end. By then, John's voice was nearly shot and sounded strained -- in fact, he shouted most of the song.
The classic tune was recorded in one take not just because that was all John had left, but because it was pretty much perfect from the start.