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"Africa" By Toto Is The Greatest Musical Achievement Of All Time

There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do.

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First things first: See this video? Press play.

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Why is it so good? JUST LISTEN. This intro is solid gold. The drumbeat, the keyboard, that weird little flute-y thing, I don't even know what instrument it is. It's perfect.


We've got some great lines in this verse, lines which in any other song would be show-stoppers but are par for the course in the four minutes and thirty-four seconds of excellence that is "Africa" by Toto.

But the first verse is only the appetizer. No – it's the amuse bouche! The real meat of "Africa" by Toto, and the reason it's the greatest song ever written is the chorus. GET READY.

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You're not ready for it. It's impossible to be ready for it. The chorus to "Africa" by Toto will hit you like a ton of bricks. I cry every time.


Wasn't that great? I mean really, wow. OK, time for the second verse, which admittedly does not live up to the lyrical exceptionalism of the first but is STILL GOOD.

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Of course, the second verse very quickly leads into –


The rest of the song is a repeat of that chorus over and over, pounding the tune into your skull so that for the rest of your life, whenever you hear it, you will be forever compelled to sing the four greatest lines in musical history.