Billboard #1 Hits : #526: ‘Maneater’- Daryl Hall and John Oates. December 18, 1982. #1 for 4 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: ‘Maneater’- Daryl Hall and John Oates
- Record Company- RCA
- Genre: Pop
- Written by Sara Allen, Daryl Hall and John Oates
- Time: 4:31
- B-side:’Delayed Reaction’
- Album- H20
- Grade: B-
- Peaked at #1 4 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #6 in UK Singles Chart. #1 in Canada and Spain.
‘Maneater’ was the 4th #1 hit Daryl Hall and John Oates had in the 1981-1982 period. It was their 5th #1 overall- they still had one more #1 hit in them. John Oates would later say that while people assumed the song was about a woman- “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”
‘Maneater’ was the 15th and final #1 hit of 1982- and it carried over into 1983 holding the top spot for 2 weeks into that year.