Daryl Hall & John Oates! Classic Music! Great Hooks! The Greatest Hall & Oates Album Cuts!


Time To Celebrate The Musical Magic Of Daryl Hall & John Oates!

First, they have NEVER been known as “Hall & Oates” – their first names have always been part of their professional name…

There has been a great critical re-evaluation of Daryl Hall & John Oates, and deservedly so! They are the best selling duo in music history – with a body of music that has stood the test of time…


They had more than 30 top twenty singles, including classics like “She’s Gone” from the 70’s – and this signature early hit – the live version of the classic “Sara Smile”, this one from 1988:

classic hall and oates songs

Hall & Oates OWNED The 80’s!

The duo had a slew of massive hits in the 1980’s – “Kiss On My List”, “Private Eyes” and “You Make My Dreams” – all massive hit singles.

A More Mellow 90’s:

The duo kept making music long after their string of hit singles ended…in fact, they matured and created more nuanced music , such as this hit single from the 90’s – the beautiful “So Close”:

Daryl Hall and John Oates have both released a number of solo albums as well as continuing to tour together. They still record new music today, such as the classic ballad “Do It For Love”:

Hall & Oates live concert

Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Their critical resurgence was made complete when the duo was just inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame…

Hall-and-Oates hall of fame ceremony

Time To Uncover Deep Album Cuts!

Although the duo has a long list of hit singles, I’m also a huge fans of their albums. With that said, here are my top five favorite Hall & Oates album cuts!

Hidden Gems Hall and Oates

Some of these songs are from the H&O albums that didn’t sell as well, so don’t get played as often – but they are all classic Hall & Oates songs…

Let’s begin with one of my all-time favorite songs:

1978 Along The Red Ledge

#5: “IT’S A LAUGH”

Check out the gorgeous song “It’s A Laugh” from the “Along The Red Ledge” album! Here’s a great live version from Hall & Oates circa 1979:

While that album was fairly popular, their next release sank virtually without a trace!

The Criminally Obscure CD “Beauty On A Back Street”!

Hall and Oates neglected music

After a string of hits in the 70’s, the duo lost steam, and this album didn’t have a single top twenty hit – even this classic Hall & Oates song:

#4: “Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts?”

It begins with a screaming guitar solo, but then segues into a beautiful H&O blend of iconic vocals and flawless harmonies…here is an “audio only” version:

greatest hall and oates ongs

The Comeback Begins!

Here’s another album that wasn’t that well known – The “Bigger Than Both Of Us” Album – although it did include the smash hit “Rich Girl!”


Here is the more obscure song from the album that I love:

#3: “Back Together Again”

1977 Back Together Again

And one other obscure Hall & Oates album included one of Daryl Hall’s most beloved ballads, but the album itself didn’t sell well:

Time To Get “X-Static!”

Hall & Oates X-Static

Yes, it had the hit single and iconic H&O sound of “Wait For Me”, but the album was out of step with the music of the time…and some of the disco-influenced songs confused fans…but what a great collection of music, including this legendary ode to the love of wine!

hall and oates intravino

#2: Intravino!

“Give me wine wine, I need Intravino, give me wine wine, I need it every day-o!” Behold the obscure Hall & Oates track that is their ode to wine! Here is a classic 1979 live performance:

HI have to give an honorable mention to the classic song from the album: “Portable Radio” – such a catchy song, amazing it wasn’t a hit single! I found this hilarious fan video on youtube!

And here is another criminally neglected song:

Ooh Yeah, Indeed!

Daryl Hall & John Oates - Ooh Yeah! (1988)

The album “Ooh Yeah!” was the end of a decade-long string of smash hits, and wasn’t nearly as successful as the other albums from the 80’s – just like the 70’s, once again the duo was running out of sales steam – still, after being the biggest selling duo of the decade, it was inevitable…”Ooh Yeah!” includes the classic single “Everything Your Heart Desires”, but I love love love:

hall and oates best songs

My #1 Obscure Hall & Oates Classic: Downtown Life!

This is the first song on the album, and it’s a classic H&O sound. Here is a GREAT live version of the song from Tokyo in the late 80’s:


So there you go, my five favorite Hall & Oates album tracks, but there is so much more!

1974 War Babies

If you want to know more about other Hall & Oates albums, you can read about the brilliant and underrated “War Babies”, read my story about it right here:


The brilliant musical Artist Todd Rundgren produced that H&O masterpiece. To read about Daryl Hall’s long musical friendship with Todd, click here:



Todd has been a guest on the great TV series “Live From Daryl’s House” twice already, and they are classic shows…one one episode, Hall played the neglected classic “Babs & Babs” from his censored solo album, “Sacred Songs.”

sacred songs

To read all about that brilliant solo work, click here:


Kudos to Daryl Hall and John Otes for a career of great music!

Hall and Oates awards

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12 replies

  1. very interesting post! my favourite song is some things are better left unsaid from the big bam boom album. in my opinion is a great song unfortunately always been underestimate.
    best from Italy!

  2. Reblogged this on johnrieber and commented:

    It’s an H&O Saturday

  3. Great post. My top 5 of H & O is close from yours. Downtown Life and Intravino !!!!!!!!!!!


  4. Great post-especially It’s a Laugh-but you should also have shoted out “One Last Time” for that album- classic harmonies and Philadelphia soul sound, with Caleb Quaye’s electric guitar!


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