It’s entirely possible Hall & Oates may be my favorite pop group of the 80s era, although Huey Lewis & The News may have something to say about that. A significant part of the pop music fabric, Hall and Oates’ music was many things to me growing up, and the simple word “fun” resides at the top.
Never is that more on display than with “You Make My Dreams” from their Voices album in the very early 1980s.
For me, it’s one of the catchiest the group has ever written. From the opening measure and pretty much throughout I find myself involuntarily snapping my fingers and singing along. I mean, how can you not? It’s literally impossible to stay still for the duration of this tune. 10-years young at the time it became a hit, I probably wore out my bedroom floor dancing around to it.
If you really think about it, the brilliance of Hall & Oates during the 80s was their unrivaled ability to offer a little something to any fan of pop music. Whether your preferred genre was dance, soul, new wave or even hard rock it mattered not—everyone universally liked the duo.
It’s also undeniably one of the best movie montage songs of all-time. Go back and watch “The Wedding Singer”, “Step Brothers” and “500 Days of Summer”. Hollywood isn’t stupid—they know we all need some Hall & Oates in our lives.
Chart Success: “You Make My Dreams” peaked at number-five on the Billboard Top 100 and spent 21 weeks on the charts. It finished 1981 ranked 43rd on the Billboard year-end chart.
Great Lyrics: Like I previously said—- fun, fun fun!
“What I want you’ve got
And it might be hard to handle
Like the flame that burns the candle
The candle feeds the flame
What I’ve got’s full stock
Of thoughts and dreams that scatter
You pull them all together
And how I can’t explain”
Fun Fact: Many casual fans only know Hall & Oates from the 80s and while they were huge during that time, they were in fact established long before. “Voices” was released in 1980 and at the time it was already their ninth studio album. They had eight previous Top 40 hits before this gem.
100. Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go For That (No Can D0)
99. Michael McDonald – I Keep Forgetting
97. The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
96. Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach
94. Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
93. Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone
92. Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes
91. Night Ranger – Sister Christian
89. Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
87. Debbie Gibson – Foolish Beat
86. Glen Mederios – Nothing’s Going To Change My Love For You
85. John Cougar – Jack and Diane
81. Billy Squier – Everybody Wants You
80. Debbie Gibson – Only In My Dreams
79. Shelia E. – The Glamorous Life
77. Whitney Houston – Greatest Love Of All
76. Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – Say Say Say
75. Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)
74. Twisted Sister – We’re Not Gonna Take It
73. Musical Youth – Pass The Dutchie
72. The Police – Every Breathe You Take
71. Survivor – The Search Is Over