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Daryl Hall & John Oates - I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) (1981)

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“I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” is a song by the American duo Daryl Hall and John Oates. Written by Daryl ...

“I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” is a song by the American duo Daryl Hall and John Oates. Written by Daryl Hall and John Oates, and co-written by Sara Allen, the song was released as the second single from their tenth studio album, Private Eyes (1981). The song became the fourth number one hit single of their career on the Billboard Hot 100. It features Charles DeChant on saxophone.

“I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” is one of fourteen Hall & Oates songs that have been played on the radio over one million times, according to BMI.

Chart performance

The single debuted at number 59 on the Hot 100 the week of November 14, 1981 as the highest debut of the week and after eleven weeks, on January 30, 1982, it reached the top of the chart, staying there for a week. “I Can’t Go for That” ended a 10-week run at the top of the Hot 100 by Olivia Newton-John’s song, “Physical” (which had knocked out Hall & Oates’ “Private Eyes” from the top spot). The song also went to number one on the Hot Dance Club Play chart for one week in January 1982.

Thanks to heavy airplay on urban contemporary radio stations, “I Can’t Go for That” also topped the US R&B chart, a rare feat for a white act. It was the only record to hit number one on both the Hot 100 and R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts during all of 1982. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA for shipments of one million units on January 7, 1982. According to the Hall & Oates biography, Hall, upon learning that “I Can’t Go for That” had gone to number one on the R&B chart, wrote in his diary, “I’m the head soul brother in the U.S. Where to now?”

It also peaked at number one on the Radio & Records CHR/Pop Airplay chart on December 18, 1981, staying at the top of the chart for six weeks and remaining on it for fifteen weeks, making it their biggest hit on the R&R airplay chart. This single was also the first top 10 hit for the duo in the UK, peaking at number eight in the UK Singles Chart. It was certified Silver by the BPI on March 1, 1982 for shipments of 200,000 units.

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