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.
- “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.
- “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.
- “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.
- “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.
- “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.
- “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.