Funkiest Jam: Daryl Hall and John Oates "She's Gone"
Daryl Hall's accomplishments both as part of a duo with John Oates and as a solo artist are well documented. He has millions of records sold and numerous awards under his belt. But how funky is this guy? And why would we choose him over John Oates?
Well, first off, his name is Daryl, and there aren't enough white guys named Daryl. Second, he worked as a session musician while attending Temple University, becoming associates with The Temptations and Smokey Robinson. (This video of him performing with David Ruffin for Live Aid is awesome.) Third, his web series "Live From Daryl's House" has featured acts like Cee-Lo Green, Travie McCoy and Chiddy Bang. Hearing Daryl Hall sing, "Mo money mo problems, when I get it I'm a pile it up/Now I'm dope, Wonderbread we can toast," is one of the best things in recorded music history. This white man is just too funky for his own good.
It's also noteworthy that Darryl Hall is the only person on our list to be mentioned by someone in The Untouchable Maybach Music Empire. On his "I'm On One Freestyle," Wale says "White boys gon' set the mood/Yeah, that's word to Hall and Oates."