Five For Friday: Hall & Oates (Yacht Rock)

Welcome to the first installment of Five For Friday! One of the reasons I decided to move Two For Tuesday to Friday was that I sometimes had a difficult time holding myself to just two songs. In fact, I have six songs in today’s playlist, since these guys had six #1 singles over the years.

Daryl Hall and John Oates have been around since the early ’70’s, and their ascent to stardom coincided with the years that most of the music we call “yacht rock” was being made. Their music is a blend of pop, rock, dance, and R&B. They had sixteen hit singles during the period, six of which were certified Gold by RIAA, as were four of their studio albums. In addition, four of their albums were certified Platinum, and two reached Double Platinum status.

I debated whether to present each song individually, as I had with Two For Tuesday, or whether to present them as a playlst, sine five is generally getting into playlist territory. I chose the latter, but if you prefer the former, let me know. Anyway, here are H&O’s #1 hits.

  1. “Rich Girl”: Their first #1 was from their 1976 album Bigger Than Both Of Us and was released in 1977. It also reached #6 in Australia, #5 in Canada, and #15 in The Netherlands, and was certified Gold.
  2. “Kiss On My List”: It was four years until Hall and Oates had their second #1 hit. From their 1980 album Voices, It topped the Hot 100 in 1981, and also came in at #16 on the Adult Contemporary chart, #13 in Australia and #6 in Canada. It was certified gold in the US and Canada.
  3. “Private Eyes”: Title track from their 1981 album, the song also reached #6 in Canada and the Top 20 in Australia and New Zealand, picking up Gold records in the US and Canada.
  4. “Maneater”: From 1982’s H2O, this also reached #4 in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, #5 in Sweden, and #6 in the UK. It was certified Gold in the US and Canada and Silver in the UK.
  5. “Out Of Touch”: From 1984’s Big Bam Boom, this also reached #1 on the Dance chart and #4 in Canada, where it was certified Gold.
  6. “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”: Also from Private Eyes, this also reached #1 on the R&B and Dance charts, #2 in Canada, #5 in New Zealand, and #8 in the UK, certified Gold in the US and Canada and Silver in the UK.

And that’s Five For Friday for July 10, 2020.

37 thoughts on “Five For Friday: Hall & Oates (Yacht Rock)

  1. Good choices,John
    The songs played in my mind as I read the post – all
    Of them Except #5
    It did not come right away


  2. Saw them at the Chicago Theatre back in β€˜02…Todd Rungren joined them as I recall. Never loved them but have always enjoyed them. Would see again.

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    1. Rundgren was their producer at one time, so I can see where they’d be on the bill together. The Chicago Theater is a great place for live music. We saw Johnny Rivers and Roy Orbison there…


  3. This is my favorite Hall and Oats song. I love their seventies stuff but when they started the 80s with songs like Man eater… I lost interest…it’s that 80s sound… but Rich Girl, Sara Smile, and She’s Gone I love.

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      1. I’ve probably said this before…I grew up in the eighties and just didn’t like the sound of the records. Sometimes I liked the song themselves but the sound drove me up the wall. That is why I stuck mostly to Petty, Springsteen, and a more timeless sound.

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  4. I was a big fan of Hall & Oates back in the day, although I thought their music was referred to a man β€œglam rock.” I liked all of the songs you picked out, but you left off one of my favorite H&O songs, β€œSara Smile.”

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    1. I just put the #1’s in this list. I think I’ll do some of the others next week for Song of the Day. They did a lot of songs that were good that could easily have been #1”s except another song got in their way…

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  5. Kiss On My List and Maneater are my two faves. We were disappointed when we saw them live several years ago. I wrote about it in the A to Z challenge this year. Still, like their songs.

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    1. I haven’t gone to that many concerts, but I understand what you mean. Every band can have an off night, but that doesn’t make it any less disappointing, especially at the prices they want.

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    1. The first time out, I stayed with the #1’s, but they had a lot of songs that reached the Top 10 that were just as good. They had a good thing going, and still do, even as rap and boy/girl bands have pushed them off the surveys…

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