Friday, September 27, 2013

Rank 'Em: Hall & Oates Songs of the '80s

One of the most (if not THE most) successful groups of the '80s was Daryl Hall and John Oates. They cranked out five #1 singles and eight others that reached the top 10. Also, all five albums they released in the '80s which includes Voices, Private Eyes, H2O, Big Bam Boom, and Ooh Yeah! have gone platinum (selling one million copies.) That's what success in the music industry looks like, ladies and gents.

This week's Rank 'Em topic might be difficult as I'm asking you to post your top 5 favorite Hall & Oates songs from the '80s. I've listed their most successful singles below, but feel free to list any non-released tracks in your list. I'm flying solo this week so anxious to see everyone's lists in the comments!

Top 5 Hall & Oates Songs of the '80s
  • 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'' (#12 in 1980)
  • 'Kiss Is On My List' (#1 in 1981)
  • 'Private Eyes' (#1 in 1981)
  • 'You Make My Dreams' (#5 in 1981)
  • 'I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)' (#1 in 1981)
  • 'Did It In a Minute' (#9 in 1982)
  • 'Maneater' (#1 in 1982)
  • 'One on One' (#7 in 1983)
  • 'Family Man' (#6 in 1983)
  • 'Say It Isn't So' (#2 in 1983)
  • 'Adult Education' (#8 in 1984)
  • 'Out of Touch' (#1 in 1984)
  • 'Method of Modern Love' (#5 in 1985)
  • 'Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid' (#18 in 1985)
  • 'Everything Your Heart Desires' (#3 in 1988)

Jason's List
  1. 'Maneater'
  2. 'I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)'
  3. 'Method of Modern Love'
  4. 'One on One'
  5. 'Out of Touch'
'Maneater' will always be my favorite. It was the song that introduced me to Hall & Oates when I was probably 7 or 8 years old. The track was featured on a Ford factory cassette when my mom got a new car in 1984. And the echoing sax solo ia probably my favorite of the '80s as well. I read somewhere that the bass line for 'I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)' was what Michael Jackson sampled for 'Billie Jean.' Whether that is true or not, it's an awesome groove that you can't help but sing along to. 'Method of Modern Love' is just a fun song that gets stuck in your head for days after you hear it. Another track that was on the aforementioned cassette was 'One on One.' It's a very soulful track with another great sax solo. I've serenaded the windshields of many vehicles with this song. 'Out of Touch' is often taken out of context with the 'Dance on Your Knees' intro being omitted (stupid radio edits!) It was included in the music video however.

Now it's your turn! Post your Top 5 Hall & Oates track from the '80s below! If you want to be the guest in future Rank 'Em post, leave your Twitter handle so I can track you down. And you can always go back and post more Top 5 lists to previous posts in the Rank 'Em Archive!


  1. 1. I Can't go for That.
    2. Out of Touch
    3. Your Imagination (single/video from Private Eyes album)
    4. Possession Obsession (single/video from Big Bam Boom album and rare lead vocal on a single by Oats)
    5. Say it isn't so.

    1. Glad to see some album tracks. Most of my experience listening to them has just been singles. Looking forward to collecting some of their 80s albums on vinyl.

  2. 1. One on One
    2. I Can't Go For That
    3. You Make My Dreams
    4. Say It Isn't So
    5. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling

    I'm a big fan of Hall & Oates. It was hard to narrow it down to 5 and they had some great songs in the 70s and after the 80s as well.

    1. Yeah, some great tracks in the 70s too, good point. Haven't listen to much of their stuff from the 90s and more recent.

  3. 1. Maneater
    2. I Can't Go For That(No Can Do)
    3. Private Eyes
    4. Your Kiss Is On My List
    5. You make My Dreams Come True

  4. 1. Out of Touch
    2. Say It Isn't So
    3. Maneater
    4. Private Eyes
    5. Adult Education

    I'd heard all the songs on the radio and knew them but was too young to be interested that much in music to bother with who was singing, until 1984 when I suddenly became totally obsessed with music. Then "Out of Touch" went to #1 so that's why I put that at #1 too as I was suddenly interested in who was singing and what label they were on. After that they totally disappeared from the charts (in Australia). And I prefer the 12" extended mixes of all the songs.

    1. Thanks for sharing. They do have some great 12" mixes!

  5. Linz from Pop Rewind here! Hall & Oates is one of my all-time favourite bands, so I'm excited to rank these:

    1. Did It In A Minute
    2. You Make My Dreams Come True
    3. Kiss Is On My List
    4. Out of Touch
    5. I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)

    After seeing them live a few times, I can tell you that the drunker H&O concert attendees all scream "PLAY RICH GIRL" which makes me want to throw down because 1.) I hate that song and 2.) they have so many songs waaaay better than Rich Girl, so stfu.

    Okay, I'm getting worked up... lol!