10 Classic Songs That Were Recorded Incredibly Fast

Capturing That One Magical Take.

Tom Petty Free Fallin

While writing a song might seem easy on the surface, getting it recorded is a whole different story. I mean, unless you're born and bred in the DIY school of recording production, the amount of blood, sweat, and tears poured into a classic rock song can take months if not years to actually reach their final form.

Every once in a while though, you do get that lightning in a bottle moment.

For all of the massive studio time poured into these records, these songs actually were done in record time when put up against the more labor intensive stuff. Compared to some of the more extravagant acts out there like Queen or Radiohead, the time it took for these songs to actually be pressed to plastic is shorter than it would have taken us to fix ourselves breakfast.

That's not to say that these aren't a bit rough around the edges either, with a lot of the recordings actually catching some of the slapdash delivery that went into the creation of these tunes.

Regardless of the speed though, these songs were still able to capture a certain moment in time for these artists that we will hold onto for generations to come.

10. Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith

At the start of the '70s, Aerosmith seemed to really come into their own on Toys in the Attic. Written just as Steven Tyler and Joe Perry refined their songwriting approach, records like the title track and Walk This Way became the blueprint for what they would become going forward. However, the most indicative song of this era of the band was actually brought up as an afterthought at the end of recording.

Knowing they needed one more song to fill out the record, producer Jack Douglas suggested that anyone who had a spare riff should work on it over the next few days. Coming through with one of the great basslines in rock history, Tom Hamilton's groove ended up becoming the basis of Sweet Emotion, with Tyler filling in lyrics about his tense relationship with Perry's girlfriend at the time.

Looking to just be a tongue in cheek joke song for the back half of the record, Emotion became a whole different beast once brought into the studio, as the group added everything from backwards music to even sugar shakers on the intro to get just the right tribal sound for the final mix. Little did we know that was just the beginning of Aerosmith's rise to the top of the rock world.

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