Daryl Hall & John Oates

Maneater

Composed by Daryl Hall / John Oates / Sara Allen

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By 1982, Hall & Oates had become an established chart force with a distinctive style that mixed new wave, soul, rock and pop into a cohesive style that no one else could duplicate. This style is its full flowering on “Maneater,” a 1982 smash that bended pop genres in a typically Hall & Oates style. The lyrics advise against the charms of a femme fatale who is alluring but lethal (“the beauty is there but a beast is in her heart”), culminating in the ominous warning offered by the chorus: “Oh-oh, here she comes/Watch out boy she'll chew you up, Oh-oh, here she comes/She's a maneater.” The music puts forth this tale in a sultry style, blending verses that swing along in a gentle but insistently rhythmic style with a call-and-response chorus that adds a sing-along hook with out forsaking the song’s moody feel. Hall & Oates give the song an appropriately atmospheric treatment on their recording of “Maneater,” using choppy, reggae-ish rhythm guitar and a one-two beat to give the song a pulse but smoothing out the sound with careful synthesizer layering and plenty of smoky saxophone work from Charlie DeChant. The final touch comes with the duo’s vocals, with Daryl Hall providing an impassioned, soulful lead vocal that is fleshed out by plenty of doo-wop harmonic frills on the chorus. The end result has elements of soul, new wave, pop and rock but synthesizes them into one seamless sound that appeals to listeners of all kinds. This approach helped “Maneater become Hall & Oates’ fifth #1 hit. It remains a favorite on rock radio and a signature example of their unique style.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
H2O 1982
H2O
BMG 4:28
Rock 'n Soul, Pt. 1: Greatest Hits 1983 RCA 4:32
No Image 1984 RCA/Columbia
Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 80's 1990
Various Artists
RCA 4:38
Best of 1980-1990, Vol. 2 1990
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:27
No Image 1991
Breakaway 1992
Various Artists
Teledisc 4:32
Dick Clark's All-Time Hits, Vol. 4 1994
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 4:35
Rock City 1994
Various Artists
Alex
Billboard Top Hits: 1980-1984 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 4:34
Only in the 80's, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:31
Radio City Classic Hits the 80's 1995
Various Artists
Polydor 4:27
80's Mega Hits 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:31
Starting All over Again: The Best of Hall and Oates 1997 BMG/RCA 4:27
The Number Ones: Eighties Rock 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 4:31
Back to Back 1998 K-Tel Distribution 4:30
Looking Back: The Best of Hall & Oates 1998 BMG / Alex / BMG International 4:30
The Best of the Best [Insight] 1998
Various Artists
Insight (3)
The Runaway Bride 1999
Original Soundtrack
Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 4:32
Best of Times 1999 MVP Records 4:33
Sounds of the Eighties 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:33
Sounds of the Eighties: 80's Pop Classics 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:33
Pop in the 80's, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:34
More Pure 80's 2000
Various Artists
UTV 4:32
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1982 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 5:31
Drive [Insight] 2000
Various Artists
Insight (3)
The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates 2001 BMG / BMG International / RCA 4:34
The Essential Collection 2001 RCA
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1980-1984 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 4:33
Singers And Songwriters: 1980-1983 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
The Complete Best 2002 BMG 4:33
Hit Me With Your 80's Box 2002
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:31
Legendary 2002 DJ Specialist 4:33
VH1 Behind the Music: The Daryl Hall and John Oates Collection 2002 BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment
Pop Hit Box 2002
Various Artists
BMG International 4:25
Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 4:32
Winter Explosion!!! 2002
Various Artists
Sony/Columbia 4:24
#1 Hits of the 80's [EMI Special Markets] 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:32
Live in Concert 2003 U-Watch / Doyle Kos DK.E
12 Inch Collection, Vol. 2 2003 Jvc Victor
Ultimate Daryl Hall + John Oates 2004 BMG Heritage 4:32
Capital Gold 80's Legend 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:15
Capital Gold: Just Great Songs 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
No Image 2004 BMG International
Artist Collection: Hall & Oates 2004 BMG International 4:35
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Live Aid [DVD Boxed Set] 2004
Various Artists
Rhino
The Best of the 80's, Vol. 2 [Crimson] 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 4:28
The Essential Daryl Hall & John Oates 2005 Legacy / Sony Legacy 4:32
My Generation: The Soundtrack of Our Lives - The Eighties, Vol. 1 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
'80s Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:32
Movie Fine 2006
Various Artists
BMG
Excellent 80's 2006
Various Artists
Sony CMG / Sony Music 4:32
#1 Hits: Classic 80s Rock 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 4:32
The Collection [RCA/Legacy] 2006 RCA 4:32
80's #1 Hits [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 4:33
Greatest Ever!: Eighties [2006] 2006
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Barking Mad
Super Hits 2007 Sony Music Distribution / Sony BMG 4:31
Club 80s [Universal] 2007
Various Artists
UMVD 4:29
Absolute Radio Hits 2007
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 4:32
Las 101 Canciones del Cine 2007
Various Artists
The Power of Love: 60 Powerful Love Ballads 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:27
Top of the Pops 1982 2008
Various Artists
EMI
Ultimate Collection 100 Hits: Eighties 2008
Various Artists
Union Square Music 4:15
Greatest Ever Dad: The Definitive Collection 2008
Various Artists
Union Square 4:31
The Singles 2008 BMG / Sony Music 4:34
World's Best Dad Gift Set 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 4:32
InstantLive: Live at the Mirage - Las Vegas, NV 2008 Instant Live (Ryko) 6:09
Top of the Pops Collection [43 CD] 2008
Various Artists
EMI
100% 80's 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:25
The Pop Years: 1982-1983 2009
Various Artists
Demon Music Group 4:29
Live at the Montreal Forum [DVD] 2009 Immortal 5:05
Do What You Want, Be What You Are: The Music of Daryl Hall & John Oates 2009 Sony Music
The Best Year of My Life: 1982 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:31
100 Essential Tracks: 80s 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:33
Triple Feature 2009 Sony BMG / Sony CMG 4:32
Ultimate Collection: Dad 2009
Various Artists
Ultimate 4:16
Haynes Ultimate Guide to Rock: Dad 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 3:28
The Pop Years: The 80s 2010
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 4:29
101 Running Songs, Lap 2 2010
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:14
American Anthems: All Time Classics 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:31
The Power of Love [Sony 2013] 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:19
Eddie Stobart Trucking Songs 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music
100 Hits: 80s Essentials 2013
Various Artists
100 Hits 4:32
Party Starters 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:31
RMF 80's 2014
Various Artists
Universal
100 Hits: Funk 2014
Various Artists
100 Hits 4:33
Live in Dublin 2015 Eagle Rock 6:09
Sing Street [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2016
Original Soundtrack
Decca
100 Essential Tracks: Pop
Various Artists
Sony Music
100 Hits: Pure '80s
Various Artists
100 Hits 4:33
Hifi Visionen Pop, Vol. 4
Various Artists
Hifi Vision 4:25
Hit! Hit! Hit!
Various Artists
Som Livre
Latest & Greatest: House Party
Various Artists
Union Square Music
Magic: The Album [Sony Music]
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:28
Otroligt 80
Various Artists
Bonnier Music
Private Eyes: The Best Of Camden Deluxe / Sony Music 4:33
No Image
Various Artists
Allegro / Allegro Corporation / Rolling Stone
The '80s [Sony]
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:27
The Long Versions
Various Artists
Double Power 5:58
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