Toto is not exactly a band held in high regard by critics, would-be tastemakers, urban hipsters or baby boom bloggers who write glowingly about such unknown greats as Frank Sinatra.
But damnit if "Africa" is not a perfect pop song, then there is no such thing. Every piece of the song is perfect: the arrangement, the harmonies, the singing, the melody, the production, the engineering, the expert muscianship--it's as finely crafted a piece of pop as has ever been produced.
(btw, here is a great link to all the recordings played on by legendary studio drummer Jeff Porcaro, an original Toto member. Wow.)
It was over-played in it's day and gets no props from the hipnoscenti but this song is almost 25 years old and still sounds amazing.
It's not Important and it's not revolutionary. It's just five minutes of pure entertainment bliss by pros at the top of their game.
If you have Itunes, it's worth .99 to see if you agree.
UPDATE--The Elder Adds: I hate to rain on your parade JB, but I'm pretty sure that said song has been cited by a certain well-known shock jock as ideal music to run to. Imagining him humming the tune with this visual will no doubt put you off your Toto feed for some time.