Saturday, July 18, 2015

"One on One" by Daryl Hall & John Oates

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1331
Date:  01/29/1983
Debut:  51
Peak:  7
Weeks:  18
Genre:  Pop, Blue-Eyed Soul, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  The duo's first release from their "H2O" album, "Maneater," became the biggest hit of their career staying at #1 for four weeks. Its success helped the album get to #3 and go double-platinum. This second single would add to their streak of pop Top 10 hits while reaching #4 at AC. It would also became their second major hit on the R&B chart peaking at #8.

ReduxReview:  Releasing this silky smooth ballad was a good move for the duo. They hadn't issued a ballad as a single since 1980's "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" and it added some much needed depth to their singles catalog. I admit that I underrate this song all the time. It's never been among my favorites of theirs, but when I hear it I recognize that it is a very well-done piece of work. The simple production allows Hall's lyrics and vocals to shine and the tasty sax solo rounds it all out. It's just a lovely song.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  The title is, of course, a basketball term and the lyrics contain many other basketball references. That tie-in with the sport served the duo well as the song would often be used in segments and advertisements done by the NBA throughout the 80s.


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