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Daryl Hall & John Oates: MyTicket's Top 10

March 1, 2019

Ahead of their first UK tour in 5 years in April/May, the MyTicket team count down their top 10 favourite Daryl Hall & John Oates tracks! Check it out below...

10. "Jingle Bell Rock"

The duo released two versions of this classic by Bobby Helms in 1983, re-entering the charts at various positions in the years since.

9. "Kiss on My List"

Taken from 1980’s 'Voices', “Kiss on My List” would become Hall and Oates’ second #1. Hall calls it an anti-love song, with the song title being tongue-in-cheek sarcasm in that the kiss is not that important, in that it is on a list of other things that are just as important.

8. "Sara Smile"

Daryl Hall penned this song for his longtime girlfriend Sara Allen (he also wrote 'Kiss On My List' with the intention of her singing it), before it ended up becoming the second single on the duo’s 1976 eponymous LP. “Sara Smile” also reached #4 in the charts, making it the duo’s first Top 10 hit.

7. “Out of Touch”

'Out Of Touch', from the duo’s 1984 album Big Bam Boom, rounded off Daryl Hall and John Oates’ seemingly unstoppable run of six #1 singles.

6. “Private Eyes” 

The title track from Hall and Oates’ tenth studio album, “Private Eyes” became yet another #1 hit for the duo in November 1981.

5. “She’s Gone”

One of Hall and Oates earliest hits, “She’s Gone” appeared on the duo’s 1973 album Abandoned Luncheonette, but seeing daylight again in 1976 after the success of “Sara Smile” and reaching #8. Daryl Hall, according to some reports, has called it the best song he and John Oates wrote together.

4. “Maneater”

Released in 1982 off of their 11th studio album, H2O, the song went to #1 and remained there for four weeks, the longest of any of the duo’s #1 singles. John Oates has explained that while it is natural to assume the lyrics are about a woman, the song actually was originally written "about NYC in the ’80s. It's about greed, avarice, and spoiled riches. But we have it in the setting of a girl because it's more relatable. It's something that people can understand. That's what we do all of the time".

3. “Rich Girl”

Not only was “Rich Girl” Hall and Oates’ first #1 hit in 1977, but it also showcases everything that makes the duo such formidable songwriters. The song highlights the talent and songwriting skill that would later propel Daryl Hall and John Oates to superstardom.

2. “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”

“I Can’t Go For That” toppled Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical” from the #1 spot in 1982. Much like “Maneater,” John Oates has stated that while many listeners may assume the lyrics are about a relationship, in reality, the song, "is about the music business. That song is really about not being pushed around by big labels, managers, and agents and being told what to do, and being true to yourself creatively."

1. “You Make My Dreams”

MyTicket's number 1 Daryl Hall & John Oates anthem, “You Make My Dreams” reached #5 in 1981. But the song’s popularity has endured, popping up in a number of movies including “The Wedding Singer,” “Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd,” “Step Brothers,” and “500 Days of Summer.”


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