Because I grew up a couple of miles from Ventura Highway. Before it became known as Ventura Blvd. Because it was how you got from L.A. to Ventura.
Because I've travelled it a good number of times, and it brings nothing but fantastic memories. (As long as we're not talking about the transit disasterpiece gridlock-stricken abortion known as the Ventura Freeway that runs through L.A. County.)
Because the guitar hook is to die for, and the musicianship exquisite throughout.
Because "I've been hit by purple rain" decades before TAFKAP bootlegged it into a mediocre song and movie.
Because it's the only song not a Roger Corman cinematic nightmare that could get away with "alligator lizards in the air".