Best Hall & Oates song: 'Maneater' or 'I Can't Go For That'? | The Tylt
Best Hall & Oates song: 'Maneater' or 'I Can't Go For That'?
The Motown-inspired "Maneater" was on the duo's eleventh studio album, "H2O." It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on December 18, 1982, and remained in the top spot for four weeks, more than any of the duo's five other #1 hits. At the time of its release, Hall opined:
"We try and take chances. Our new single 'Maneater' sin't something that sounds like anything else on the radio. The idea is to make things better."
The second single from their 1981 tenth studio album "Private Eyes," "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" was co-written by Sara Allen. The song became the 4th #1 hit single of their career on the Hot 100. It also topped the U.S. R&B chart, and was the only record by a white act to hit #1 on both the Hot 100 and R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts in 1982. The song resonated hugely in the hiphop world, and has been sampled by De La Soul, Heavy D, 2 Live Crew, Stereo MCs, and the Notorious B.I.G.
According to Daryl Hall, Michael Jackson approached him at the recording of "We Are The World" and admitted to lifting the baseline from "I Can't Go for That" for "Billie Jean."