Daryl Hall & John Oates

Rich Girl

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After sparking pop chart interest with the elegant “Sara Smile,” Hall & Oates hit greater heights with “Rich Girl,” a gutsy confection that welded the duo’s knack for pop-soul to a gritty rock backing. The lyrics are a venomous putdown of a woman who thinks it is okay to step on the ‘little people’ because of her wealthy status: “You’re a rich girl/And you’ve gone too far but you know it don’t matter anyway/You can rely on the old man’s money.” The music offsets the acidic bite of the lyrics with a bright, propulsive melody that pits verses full of operatic swirls of notes with a syncopated sing-along chorus. Hall & Oates mix rock and soul flavors on their recording of “Rich Girl,” dressing it up with doo-wop harmonies and lush strings to bring out the song’s r&b edge but also adding some snarling power chords and a stomping beat from the rhythm section to give it a little rock & roll grit. This effective hybrid of styles caught on with pop listeners and gave Hall & Oates their first #1 hit on the pop charts. The duo would soon downplay the strings-fueled beauty of this hit in favor of a more electronic sound but its fusion of soul elegance and rock muscle set a template the group would continue to explore in later hits like “Wait For Me” and “Maneater.”

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Bigger Than Both of Us 1976 Friday Music 2:25
Billboard Top Hits: 1977 1977
Various Artists
Rhino 2:27
No Image 1983 Sony Music 2:25
Nipper's #1 Hits: 1956-1986 1990
Various Artists
RCA
Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 70's 1990
Various Artists
RCA 2:21
Sounds of the Seventies: 1977 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:22
Soulful Sounds 1992 RCA 2:23
Only Rock 'N Roll 1975-1979: 20 Pop Hits 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels
Billboard Top Hits: 1975-1979 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 2:27
The Best of '70s Rock Chart Toppers 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records 2:25
Whole Lotta Rock: 1976-1977 1997
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 2:24
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1970-1978 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 2:23
Rockin' 70's [BMG] 1997
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:25
AM Gold: 1977 1997
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:27
Starting All over Again: The Best of Hall and Oates 1997 BMG / RCA 2:23
The Ultimate Rock Collection Gold and Platinum, Vol. 3: 1974-1979 1997
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:24
Hits of the 70's [Columbia River] 1998
Various Artists
Valmark 2:24
Daydream 1998
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 2:25
Number Ones: The Super 70's 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 2:26
Back to Back 1998 K-Tel Distribution 2:23
Looking Back: The Best of Daryl Hall + John Oates 1998 BMG 2:23
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Rhino
No. 1 Classic Pop Album 1998
Various Artists
Polygram 2:22
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Serv Rite
Collection [DJ Specialist] 1998 DJ Specialist 2:25
Sounds of the Seventies: Super 70's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time / Life Music 2:23
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 2:27
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
Mega Rock Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 0:00
Mega Rock, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:24
Time in a Bottle: Mellow Rock Classics 1999
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 2:25
Soundtracks of Love: Hooked on a Feeling 1999
Various Artists
Unison 2:21
Best of the Best: 70's Pop & Rock, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Primary Colors 2:23
Philly Favorites 1999
Various Artists
Collectables 2:22
Best of Times 1999 MVP Records 2:24
Rich Girl 1999 Camden / BMG International 2:25
Pop in the 70's, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:27
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1977 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 2:24
70's Jewels 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:25
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through the Years 2000
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:26
Classic Rock 70's 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 2:27
Radio's Greatest Hits: The '70s 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 2:26
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:23
'70s Rock Hits 2001
Various Artists
Compose Records 2:22
The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates 2001 RCA 2:27
American Woman and Other Hits from the 1970's 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:24
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 70's 2001
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:26
The Essential Collection 2001 RCA / BMG
The Hall & Oates Collection 2001 BMG / BMG International 2:27
Ecstasy on the Edge 2001 Pilot 3:24
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1975-1979 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 2:24
A Year in Your Life: 1977, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 2:24
The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '70s, Vol. 3 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 2:41
The Complete Best 2002 BMG 2:24
Legendary 2002 BMG 2:24
Jukebox Hits of the '70s [Collectables] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:25
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:41
Ultimate Daryl Hall + John Oates 2004 BMG Heritage 2:25
No Image 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:23
No Image 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:25
No Image 2004 BMG International
Artist Collection: Hall & Oates 2004 BMG International 2:25
Hall & Oates at Their Best 2005 BMG Special Products 2:24
American Classics: 17 Greats from the States 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:24
The Essential Daryl Hall & John Oates 2005 BMG Heritage / RCA 2:25
Billboard #1s: The '70s 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 2:26
Super Hits 2007 Sony Music Distribution / Sony BMG 2:22
The Singles 2008 Camden / Camden International 2:26
Do What You Want, Be What You Are: The Music of Daryl Hall & John Oates 2009 Legacy / RCA 2:25
Singers & Songwriters: Troubadours 2010
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:22
Singers & Songwriters [Time-Life Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:22
Blue Eyed Soul [Simitar]
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 2:24
Listen to the Music
Various Artists
Rhino 2:25
Rock & Romance Collection
Various Artists
Time Life 2:22
The Greatest Love Songs of the '70s
Various Artists
Time Life 2:22