Kiss on My List

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"Kiss on My List"
KissOnMyListHall&Oates.jpg
Single by Hall & Oates
from the album Voices
B-side "Africa"
Released January 24, 1981
Format Vinyl (7", 12")
Recorded 1979
Genre
Length 4:25 (album version)
3:48 (45 version)
Label RCA Records
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Daryl Hall
  • John Oates
Hall & Oates singles chronology
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"
(1980)
"Kiss on My List"
(1981)
"You Make My Dreams"
(1981)
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"
(1980)
"Kiss on My List"
(1981)
"You Make My Dreams"
(1981)

"Kiss on My List" is a song by the American duo Hall & Oates. It was written by Daryl Hall and Janna Allen, and produced by the duo. It was the third single release from their ninth studio album, Voices (1980), and became their second US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single (after "Rich Girl" in 1977). It spent three weeks at the top spot.

The song was written with the intention of Janna Allen, sister of Hall's longtime girlfriend Sara Allen, singing it, as she was interested in starting a music career. Hall cut a demo version as a guide for her, but later when his manager found the tape lying around the studio, he insisted that Hall and Oates cut the song themselves. In fact, the production team liked the demo so much that they didn't do a second take, instead adding background vocals and instrumentation to the demo and mixing them together. Hall recalled that's why the drums sounded so "dinky" - the "drums" in fact being the early Roland CR-78 "drum machine."

Hall calls it an anti-love song, with the song title being tongue-in-cheek sarcasm in that the kiss is not that important, in that it's on a list of other things that are just as important.[1]

The song was one of the music videos that aired on MTV's first day of broadcast.[1]

The 45 rpm version of the song appears on the compilation albums Rock 'n Soul Part 1 (1983) and Playlist: The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates (2008).

While two other songs from the album had returned the duo to chart activity, it was the success of "Kiss on My List" that confirmed the start of the duo's sustained run as one of American pop's top-selling acts, a run that lasted into 1990.

Cover versions[edit]

In 2010, The Bird and the Bee covered the song as well as referenced it in another song, "Heard It On The Radio", for their tribute album Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates.

In the 2010 film She's Out of My League the lead character's best friend fronts a Hall and Oates cover band and they perform the song during a party scene.

In 2014, The Family Crest covered the song for Grey's Anatomy Season 10, Episode 16 as a part of the Grey's Anatomy '80s cover project. The episode aired on March 20, 2014.

In 2015, Matt Dusk and Margaret recorded a version for their album Just the Two of Us.

In Popular Culture[edit]

The song was featured in the 2010 film You Again and was reprised as the end title music featuring an on screen performance by Daryl Hall and John Oates.

Chart performance[edit]

Personnel[edit]

The Band
Additional musicians
  • Jeff Southworth – lead guitar
  • Mike Klvana – equipment technician

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Recordings, Legacy (2015-07-28). "35 Things You Didn't Know About". Legacy Recordings. Retrieved 2017-06-01. 
  2. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Daryl Hall & John Oates – Kiss On My List". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "Daryl Hall & John Oates: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  4. ^ "Daryl Hall & John Oates Chart History (Hot 100)" Billboard. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  5. ^ "Daryl Hall & John Oates Chart History (Adult Contemporary)" Billboard. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  6. ^ "Daryl Hall & John Oates – Chart history". Billboard Mainstream Rock for Daryl Hall & John Oates. Retrieved October 17, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  8. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1981/Top 100 Songs of 1981". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 

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Preceded by
"Rapture" by Blondie
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
April 11, 1981 – April 25, 1981
Succeeded by
"Morning Train (Nine to Five)" by Sheena Easton