Everything Your Heart Desires

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"Everything Your Heart Desires"
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Single by Hall & Oates
from the album Ooh Yeah!
ReleasedApril 16, 1988
Length5:00 (album version)
4:26 (7")
Songwriter(s)Daryl Hall
  • T-Bone Wolk
  • Hall & Oates
Hall & Oates singles chronology
"A Night at the Apollo"
"Everything Your Heart Desires"
"Missed Opportunity"
Music video
"Everything Your Heart Desires" on YouTube

"Everything Your Heart Desires" is a song by the American duo Hall & Oates, released as the lead single from their thirteenth studio album, Ooh Yeah! (1988). The song peaked at number three in the United States. It was their sixteenth and last Top 10 song to date. Though the duo did reach the top 40 and even top 20 a few more times afterwards, in regard to modern radio play this is generally considered to be their last major hit. The 45 version was later included on their greatest hits album Playlist: The Very Best of (2008) while the video mix was included on VH1 Behind the Music: The Daryl Hall and John Oates Collection (2002) and on the box set Do What You Want, Be What You Are: The Music of Daryl Hall & John Oates (2009).

In the lyrics, the singer asks his lover why she wants someone else if she has "everything your heart desires." He explains that if she's happy now, he might really be the one she's looking for.

Release and reception[edit]

"Everything Your Heart Desires" entered the US Billboard Hot 100 in April 1988, reached number three in June, and spent 16 weeks on the chart.[1] The song became their biggest hit to date on the Adult Contemporary chart, peaking at number two, a personal best for the duo that would stand until 2002, when "Do It for Love" reached number one.[2] The single reached the top 30 in New Zealand and number 50 in the Netherlands, but it was less commercially successful in the United Kingdom, peaking at number 81.[3]

Rolling Stone music critic Rob Hoerburger notes the song and album demonstrate that Hall & Oates have grown up, adding that the song is "more of a plea than an indictment – no "Maneater" misogyny here."[4]

Track listing[edit]

7" single (US, UK, Germany)
  1. "Everything Your Heart Desires" (Hall) – 4:26
  2. "Realove" (Hall, Oates) – 5:14
12" single (US)
  1. "Everything Your Heart Desires" (54th Street Extended Remix) – 9:12
  2. "Everything Your Heart Desires" (If You Want The World Extended Remix) – 7:53
  3. "Everything Your Heart Desires" (7th Avenue Remix) – 4:26
  4. "Everything Your Heart Desires" (No Words Can Help Dub Mix) – 5:57
  5. "Realove" (Hall, Oates) – 4:39
12" single (UK)
  1. "Everything Your Heart Desires" (7th Avenue Remix) – 4:26
  2. "Everything Your Heart Desires" (No Words Can Help Dub Mix) – 5:57
  3. "Realove" (Hall, Oates) – 4:39

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
Canada Top Singles 6
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 50
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 28
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 81
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 3
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[9] 2
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[10] 13


  1. ^ "'Everything Your Heart Desires' - Hall & Oates". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). Retrieved 2009-10-05.
  2. ^ "Hall & Oates: 30th Anniversary". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 115 (7): 42. 2003-02-15. Retrieved 2009-10-05.
  3. ^ "Chart Stats - Hall & Oates - 'Everything Your Heart Desires'". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2009-10-05.
  4. ^ Hoerburger, Rob (1988-06-30). "Ooh Yeah! - Hall & Oates - Review". Rolling Stone (Wenner Media). Retrieved 2009-10-05.
  5. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Daryl Hall / John Oates – Everything Your Heart Desires" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "Charts.nz – Daryl Hall / John Oates – Everything Your Heart Desires". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  7. ^ "Daryl Hall & John Oates: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  8. ^ "Daryl Hall & John Oates Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  9. ^ "Daryl Hall & John Oates Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  10. ^ "Daryl Hall & John Oates Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 30, 2017.

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