Percy Sledge: 10 Essential Tracks

The soul legend was best known for "When a Man Loves a Woman," but his career was filled with undiminished treasures

Load Previous

"It Tears Me Up" (1966)

On his third single, Percy Sledge returned to heartbreak. If the tempo of "It Tears Me Up" is slightly swifter than "When a Man Loves a Woman," the anguish is just as palpable. Watching his woman walking with another man, Sledge can barely handle the pain. It's impossible to doubt him, but the song itself seems to offer lift. Written by the soul titans Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn, "It Tears Me Up" isn't a prototypical slow-burner: The quick pace and insistent melody create a tension that makes the tune one of Sledge's most memorable.

Back to Top