OK, I'm A Dork
The Monkee's "Daydream Believer" just came on the radio and yeah, I love that song. I'm old enough to remember it from the day and I liked it then, too, but would never, ever admit it, of course. Hey, I had street cred to protect. A gorgeous, easy-to-sing melody; perfectly written and arranged. Davy Jones holds the singer-theatrics down to nothing in service of the song, like the English stage-trained great pop singer he is, in contrast to the "pop divas" we have today who value themselves more. That horn bridge from the verse to the chorus just carries you along so easily. Neil Diamond may be a schmaltz king, but even schmaltz can hit the mark sometimes.
Yeah, I'm a dork. Go listen to your nu-metal for a brain rinse.