Billboard #1 Hits: #502: ‘Kiss On My List’- Daryl Hall And John Oates. April 11, 1981. #1 for 3 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: ‘Kiss On My List’- Daryl Hall and John Oates
  • Record Company- RCA
  • Genre: Pop Rock
  • Written by Daryl Hall and Janna Allen
  • Time: 3:48
  • B-side: ‘Africa’
  • Album-Voices
  • Grade: A
  • Peaked at #1 3 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #33 in UK Singles Chart.

Usually the rule- but there are exceptions of course- is that the biggest hit on an album is the first single and the following singles- even hits fall off a little on the charts but not with this the third single from Hall and Oates Voices album. The album was released in July 1980- “How Does It Feel To Be Back’- peaked at a modest #30. The second single was a cover of The Righteous Brothers classic ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ #12. “Kiss On My List’ was the third single released in early 1981- and of course it goes to #1 and stays there for 3 weeks. The fourth single ‘You Make My Dreams” was also very successful peaking at #5. Voices was the last Hall and Oates album that I really liked a lot- it seems like after this they found a winning formula for making hits and proceeded to run it into the ground for most of the decade. Another note on this album- the song “Everytime You Go Away’ was not released as a single by Hall and Oates but in 1985 Paul Young’s cover- went to #1. This is a great pop album.

the following from wikipedia-

The song was written with the intention of Janna Allen, sister of Hall’s longtime girlfriend Sara Allen, singing it, as she was interested in starting a music career. Hall cut a demo version as a guide for her, but later when his manager found the tape lying around the studio, he insisted that Hall and Oates cut the song themselves. In fact, the production team liked the demo so much that they did not do a second take, instead adding background vocals and instrumentation to the demo and mixing them together. Hall recalled that is why the drums sounded so “dinky” – the “drums” in fact being the early Roland CR-78 drum machine mixed in with a live drumming overdub.

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.

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