3. The Beatles, 'Twist and Shout'
John Lennon's voice was practically fried the night they recorded "Twist and Shout." He had a bad cold and producer George Martin knew they didn't have much time to nail down the vocal. Lennon gargled milk and took a cough drop before stepping into the booth and delivered his throat-shredding take on the Isley Brothers' classic. "That song nearly killed me," Lennon said. "My voice wasn't the same for a long time after; every time I swallowed, it was like sandpaper. I was always bitterly ashamed of it, because I could sing better than that, but now it doesn't bother me."