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Hall & Oates

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  • The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates

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  • The Essential Daryl Hall & John Oates

  • H2O

  • Voices

In other entries on this list, we discussed the Philly Soul sound. Although Hall & Oates were not considered part of that genre, there is little doubt that they were inspired by it.

The Blue Eyed Soul duo of Daryl Hall & John Oates has the distinction of being the most successful duo in Rock music history. Known primarily for their Pop hits in the 80’s, it is often forgotten just how much their earlier work reflected their Soul and R&B influence. Although their work in the 80’s is not looked back as fondly by some it is a lot more textured and soul laced than given credit for. Considering their amount of success they are hampered by a current belittling of their style. Their chances will only improve should the style they popularized receive some creditability.


The Bullet Points:

Eligible Since:



Country of Origin:

U.S.A. (Philadelphia, PA)


Why They Will Get In:

They are the most successful duo of all time.


Why They Won’t Get In:

Some of their efforts may not be considered “rock” enough for the Hall.


Nominated In:



Essential Albums:

Abandoned Luncheonette (1973)

Daryl Hall & John Oates (1975)

Bigger Than Both of Us (1976)

Private Eyes (1981)


Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:

She’s Gone (From Abandoned Luncheonette, 1973)

Rich Girl (Bigger Than Both of Us, 1976)

Private Eyes (From Private Eyes, 1981)

Maneater (H2O), 1982)

Out of Touch (From Big Bam Boom, 1984)

Should Hall & Oates be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 55.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 22.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 22.2%
Last modified on Wednesday, 16 November 2016 15:28
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+1 #4 Darryl Tahirali 2012-08-06 18:26
Thank you, Live Music Head, for this informative profile. I didn't know that G.E. Smith had been one of Hall and Oates's sidemen. I don't recall Oates singing the national anthem at Game 5 of the '08 Series, but it makes perfect sense considering it was in Philadelphia.

I'm glad to see the quote from Robert Fripp. I was surprised to see Hall's name in the credits when I picked up Exposure--"is that the same Daryl Hall?" I wondered. Sure enough, it was, and his vocals on "You Burn Me up I'm a Cigarette" and especially "North Star" are terrific.

I have to admit a fondness for "Rich Girl" dating back to childhood, and I blame my older sister for that one. In the early 1980s I had a delivery-driver job, and the van I drove had only AM radio, so I heard a lot of H&O on Top Forty.

I also have to admit that one of the funniest descriptions of Daryl Hall I've ever read was: "He is so chic that if he were writing Moby Dick, he'd make the whale off-white."

Good article. I'm surprised I didn't see it until now.
+1 #3 Knuckles 2012-06-01 14:50
I had no idea Tommy Mottola was their first manager. He has had quite an impressive career, himself. Since they were one of my brother's two favorite bands (the other being The Police) I got to listen to all their work. They did R&B quite well, thank you very much. Their pop stuff was good, for pop music.
+1 #2 Musicologist999 -0001-11-30 00:00
The most successful duo in Rock music NOT in the Hall Of Fame? Why? Because their hit songs are considered too fluffy? Hall & Oates have GREAT hit songs! TONS of 'em. They are all catchy, expertly crafted songs, and they are melodic with a capital M. The Soul angle to their music should not count against them. Hall & Oates are popular, they have the huge number of hit singles to back them up, and their fanbase is strong. Daryl & John absolutely deserve a place in the Hall Of Fame.
-1 #1 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
Let me first say I am not a Hall and Oates fan. My big brother is though. a huge one. But he is musically challenged. With that I must say the most successful duo ever should probably be in the hall. and Oates for that matter. I digress. Seriously, if the hall can recognize all of the soul bands from the early days of rock(?) then why is Hall and Oates not rock enough? They carried the flag for soul into the 80's and did a damn good job of representing if you ask the fans who loved their music and bought up their albums. As far as impact. Name a group more sampled in today's modeern music than the boys from Philly? i know. Weird isn't it? Hall abnd Oates have influenced more hip hop artists then anyone. They should be in and in this case I think they will. someday. if the Hall ever pulls their head out and looks at the facts.

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