Kiss, "Beth" (1976)
The biggest single Kiss ever had: a ballad with a string section and drummer Peter Criss on vocals. Criss said, "The day we recorded it, [producer] Bob Ezrin had everybody in tuxedos, the New York Philharmonic. When we went to the Record Plant to do the vocals, Gene [Simmons] and Paul [Stanley] were in the control room. I'll never forget it, they were looking at me like it was one big fucking joke. And I couldn't get into it and Bob knew it and threw them out. They left, I did it in five takes, and it was beautiful."