Thursday, March 22, 2018

"Posession Obsession" by Daryl Hall & John Oates

Song#:  2350
Date:  06/01/1985
Debut:  66
Peak:  30
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Blue-Eyed Soul, Pop

Pop Bits:  Hall & Oates' previous two albums generated three Top 10 singles each. Their next album, Big Bam Boom, had two in the bucket but fell short of a third when "Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid" peaked at #18. Hoping to perhaps grab that third Top 10, this fourth single from the album was released. Unfortunately, it just wasn't meant to be as this song toppled over after reaching the Top 30 mark. However, it had more luck at AC getting to #8 while going to #20 Dance and #69 R&B. Despite the lack of a third Top 10, the album would be their third double-platinum seller in a row.

ReduxReview:  This album closer is one of the better tracks on a weak album. That being said, it wasn't one that was gonna burn up the Pop chart. It was more appropriate for AC, where it did do well. It's a sleek, laid-back blue-eyed soul track that goes down easy and was more digestible than some of the more densely produced fare on the album. It was a solid album track, but a forgettable single.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Although Daryl Hall's voice is the one that leads most all of the duo's hits, John Oates also did his share of lead vocal duties along the way. He typically sang lead on anywhere from two to four tracks on their albums. His voice seemed less familiar as very few of the songs he led were issued as singles. Out of the ones that were, only this one and 1980's "How Does It Feel to Be Back" were able to reach the Pop Top 40. Oddly, both of them peaked at #30. Hall & Oates shared lead vocal duties on two of their major hits - 1973's "She's Gone" and 1980's "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'."



  1. 7/10 for me. While it's not as good as classics such as "I Can't Go For That" and "Private Eyes", I still like it. Also, check the date! It's June 1st, 1985, not May 1st!