220px-BS&T_cover#5 – Blood, Sweat & Tears – “And When I Die” – (1968)

Blood, Sweat & Tears’ self-titled second album was released at the tail end of 1968, with this being a single in late 1969. This song was written by Laura Nyro and first recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary. This version though, is amazing. It hit #2 on the Hot 100 and has such a unique style to it – from the Ragtime-style piano breakdown to the horns and that thematic lyric delivery. This is the magic you can create when your entire band comes together perfectly.