Dave Barry opines that "Gloria" by Van Morrison is the best song ever written.
I kind of agree with this basic thesis. The movement of my whole 40-odd years as a pop music fan has been toward the side of punchy simplicity instead of virtuosity. I had settled on Creedence Clearwater Revival's five or six biggest hits as the highwater mark. But I can see the case for "Gloria." I do love that song.
But I am uncomfortable anytime I am in the same camp with Dave Barry.
Also: It is unbecoming of Dave Barry to advocate for the "Simple Is Better" aesthetic. It seems a rationalization on behalf of all simple-minded humor writers, who rely on moves such as the CAPITAL LETTERS method of selling a joke. (see link for an example)
So in conclusion, "Gloria" may have been the greatest song ever written until Dave Barry said so.
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