Year Released: 1982

Notable Songs: “Maneater”, “Family Man”, “One on One”, “Italian Girls”

Album MVP: “Maneater”

Why I Loved It: Hall and Oates had already been around for years making glorious music that embarked them on a future Hall of Fame of career. In fact, this was actually their 11th studio album but for me as an 11-year old, H20 was my first true taste of the iconic music duo. From that point on I couldn’t enough of their music and to this day with a hand to God—there’s very few things that I more fondly reminisce the 80’s about more than Hall and Oates.  H2O is a wonderful album chock-full of prevailing pop songs blended with soulful melodies, suave production and that perfect amount of 80s cheese. “Maneater” was one of my favorite songs from the decade. No, literally it was No. 46 on my Favorite 100 Songs from the 80s countdown last year. John Oates claimed the song is about New York City during that time, saying “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.” I was a bit (actually much) too young when it came out, but “One on One” always sounded like a good sex song to me while “Family Man” struck a far more serious tone.

Many may not agree but I don’t really care. H20 is one of the 80’s better masterpieces in pop music.

Commercial Success:  H20 wasn’t the group’s most successful album but it’s up there, selling more than two million copies in the United States. H20 climbed to three on the Billboard Top 200 over 1982-83 and more impressively finished fourth on the Billboard year-end chart.  “Maneater” turned out to be the biggest single of the group’s career, hitting number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 and spending four consecutive weeks at the top while finishing 1983 ranked seventh on the year-end Billboard Hot 100.  “Family Man” reached six on the Billboard Hot 100 while “One On One” made it to seven (39th on year-end chart).  In total H20 stayed on the Billboard charts for 68 weeks. Wow.  

Fun Facts: In a interview with John Oates, he said that a lot of people assume he was “born with a mustache singing ‘Maneater.'”  Via Songfacts, “He had a wide variety of influences. Said Oates: “I started playing guitar at 5 years old. By the time I met Daryl at 19, I was playing for what, 14 years? So during that 14-year period, a lot of stuff happened. Fourteen years is a whole lifetime for a lot of musicians. I played in bands, I played solo folk and folk blues and coffee houses, I played in blues bands, played in R&B bands, all sorts of things.”

Oates went through a rough divorce in the late ’80s where he lost a good chunk of his fortune. Shaving his famous mustache was symbolic of leaving his past behind: he moved out of New York, sold all his stuff, and moved to Aspen, Colorado, where he got his life back together.”


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99. Stevie Wonder – In Squared Circle

98. Taylor Dayne – Can’t Fight Fate

97. Kool & The Gang – Emergency 

96. Stevie B – In My Eyes 

95. Keith Sweat – Make It Last Forever 

94. Michael Bolton – Soul Provider 

93. Go Go’s – Beauty & The Beast 

92. LL Cool J – Bigger And Deffer (Bad) 

91. Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry 

90. Def Leppard – Hysteria

89. New Edition – Heartbreak

88. Don Henley – Building A Perfect Beast

87. Beverly Hills Cop – Movie Soundtrack

86. Culture Club – Kissing To Be Clever 

85. Rolling Stones – Tattoo You

84. Asia – Asia 

83. Tiffany – Tiffany 

82. Lionel Richie – Dancing on the Ceiling

81. Barbara Streisand – Guilty 

80. Phil Collins – …But Seriously 

79. Air Supply – The One That You Love

78. J. Geils Band – Freeze Frame

77. Duran Duran – Rio 

76. Billy Ocean – Suddenly 

75. Run DMC – Raising Hell

74. Pat Benatar – Crimes of Passion

73. John Cougar – American Fool

72. Huey Lewis and The News – Picture This

71. Top Gun – Movie Soundtrack

70. Steve Winwood – Back In The High Life

69. Air Supply – Lost In Love

68. LL Cool J – Radio

67. Journey – Frontiers 

66. Styxx – Paradise Theater

65. Madonna – Like A Prayer

64. Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full 

63. Tears for Fears – Songs From The Big Chair

62. Tina Turner – Private Dancer 

61. Steve Nicks – Bella Donna

60. U2 – The Joshua Tree

59. Bon Jovi – New Jersey 

58. Huey Lewis and the News – Fore!

57. Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation 1814

56. Prince – 1999

55. ZZ Top – Eliminator 

54. Survivor – Vital Signs

53. New Edition – New Edition 

52. Dirty Dancing – Movie Soundtrack

51. Foreigner – 4

50. Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back

49. Lionel Richie – Lionel Richie 

48. Men at Work – Business As Usual

47. Run DMC – Run DMC

46. Richard Marx – Richard Marx

45. Paula Abdul – Forever Your Girl 

44. Rocky IV – Movie Soundtrack 

43. Tom Petty – Full Moon River 

42. Whitney Houston – Whitney 

41, REO Speedwagon – Hi Infidelity 

40. Christopher Cross – Christopher Cross

39. Culture Club – Colour By Numbers 

38. Chicago – Chicago 17

37. Bryan Adams – Reckless

36. Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet

35. Heart – Heart 

34. Def Leppard – Pyromania 

33. Toto -Toto IV

32. The Police – Ghost In the Machine 

31. Madonna – Madonna

30. New Kids On The Block – Hangin’ Tough