5. "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes"
After One Trick Pony bombed, the Simon and Garfunkel reunion fizzled and 1983's Hearts and Bones stiffed, Paul Simon was dangerously close to being a relic. People heard reports he went down to South Africa to work with local musicians, but nobody saw the results until the May 10th, 1986 episode of Saturday Night Live in which he performed "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. It was unlike anything most Americans had ever heard, and the album became one of the surprise hits of the year, and one of the most controversial because some felt that he violated the cultural boycott of apartheid-era South Africa.