When it comes to famous songs, it's incredibly easy to forget just how much work goes into their creation. In general, each instrument is recorded on its own track, repeatedly tweaked and altered as the recording process progresses, in order to get the absolutely perfect sound.
Then there are the vocals. Because vocals come from humans, their ability to repeatedly sound awful is quite incredible. Whether the singer's voice is tired or strained or it's simply not hitting the notes it's supposed to, laying down a worthy vocal track can often take hours. Which makes it all the more amazing, then, that there are famous songs out there that were recorded in a single take.
That's the vocals and instrumentation perfected on the first attempt, spawning some of the most popular hits the music industry has ever seen. From Elvis recording what's often regarded as the first ever rock-and-roll record to Radiohead playing music in an eerie, abandoned mansion, these are the artists that got it incredibly right on the first go.