303. "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," performed by The Tokens

This song is so cute and catchy and unique, with its definitive tune and backing voices, its perfect ambling shuffle rhythm. It's perhaps the creative apogee of doo-wop. I can't think of another doo-wop tune so ambitious in its vision, so lush in its production.

But here's the best:

We're almost trained just to accept this song as simplistic novelty number.

Really think about what it's about...

It's the relieved sound all gentle souls would make if the predators were suddenly gone.