"Dark End of the Street" (1967)
It seems that every Southern soul singer of the Sixties took a stab at "The Dark End of the Street," the Dan Penn-Chips Moman song first recorded by James Carr. There's never been a bad version, but Percy Sledge's, recorded a year after Carr's original, is among the very best. Sledge was ideally suited for the tale of star-crossed lovers: When he sings, it's clear that he feels the weight of this stolen romance. But no matter how much it pains him, there's nothing he can do to bring his affair out into the light.