Daryl Hall & John Oates

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Hall & Oates and Rick Springfield had some of the biggest hits of the '80s; it makes sense to have their hits back to back on one disc. The ratio of six songs each may be a little off -- as Hall & Oates should probably have eight or nine to themselves -- but the collection is enjoyable nonetheless and provides a swift rebuttal to anyone who says '80s music is bland or lifeless. Hall & Oates pump a lot of soul and solid craft into their six songs; placing "Kiss on My List," "Maneater," "Private Eyes," "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)," "Rich Girl," and "Sara Smile" in a row is like a batting order that would make a pitcher's knees buckle. Just try to find a weak song there. Springfield isn't quite so lucky. His songs include "Jessie's Girl," "Love Somebody," "Don't Talk to Strangers," and "I've Done Everything for You," but the quality drops off some (just a bit, though) on "Affair of the Heart" and "What Kind of Fool Am I?" Hall & Oates may be the champions here, but both Hall & Oates and Rick Springfield are worth exploring on individual greatest-hits collections instead of this.

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