Vocal Miniatures - "The House of the Rising Sun" - (Made famous by) The Animals
I've heard this song literally thousands of times, first time I've ever sung the song and read the words. It's a GREAT story song with a huge performance history.
The rendition most of us recall is performed by The Animals. And although the story is moving and it's a great, simple melody - I think the real reason why their rendition exploded is because of the powerhouse vocals of the lead singer (Eric Burdon) and church like presence of the organ. Eric is belting out A naturals (that's pretty high for all of you Non music folks) in a thick, weathered timbre. It's impressive!