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10 Best Van Halen Songs

10 Best Van Halen Songs

The popular rock band Van Halen was originally formed in the year 1972 in the Pasadena, California area. Band members who have been a part of Van Halen include lead vocalist David Lee Roth, guitarist and keyboard Eddie Van Halen, guitarist Sammy Hagar, drummer Alex Van Halen, lead vocalist Gary Cherone, and bass guitarist Mark Stone. Over the course of their career, Van Halen became extremely popular. Here are ten of the best, and most popular, Van Halen songs ever released.

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1. “Eruption”

The song “Eruption” was written and released by Van Halen in the year 1978. This song is known for its difficult to play guitar solo. “Eruption” was written by Eddie Van Halen fairly early on in his career, when he was only 22 years of age. The song was included on the self titled full length album ‘Van Halen.’ The song has also famously been covered by rock artists including Pearl Jam and Dennis Caplinger.


2. “Romeo Delight”

Rock hit “Romeo Delight” was originally written and released by Van Halen in the year 1980, but it was also released as a remastered track in the year 2005 via Rhino/Warner Records. “Romeo Delight” is the fourth track on the full length Van Halen record ‘Women and Children First.’ This song is all about letting loose and having a good time partying (like many of Van Halen’s songs).


3. “Ain’t Talkin Bout Love”

David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, and Eddie Van Halen worked together to write the hit Van Halen song “Ain’t Talkin Bout Love.’ It was released in the year 1978 as a part of the full length self titled record ‘Van Halen.’ It served as the third single for the hit album. The track has also been covered by artists like Iron Horse and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.


4. “On Fire”

The closing track on the self titled record ‘Van Halen’ is a song titled “On Fire.” “On Fire” is a heavy metal song about loud, fiery, rock and roll music. It was originally released in the year 1978. Now, the most frequently played version of “On Fire” comes from the official 2015 remastered release. The rock band Stryper released their own cover of “On Fire” in the year 2011.


5. “Hot for the Teacher”

Some teachers are just too striking and smart too ignore. The song “Hot for the Teacher” is all about crushing on a school instructor and wanting to become more than just the teacher’s pet. “Hot for the Teacher” was released in the year 1984 as a part of the aptly titled Van Halen record ‘1984.’ The music video was extremely popular and featured the actors Beto Lovato (as Alex), Brian Hitchcock (as Eddie), Bill Bookmeyer (as Dave), and Yano Anaya (as Michael).


6. “Little Guitars”

“Little Guitars” was released as a part of the 1982 Van Halen record “Diver Down.” Other popular songs from the album ‘Diver Down’ include “Where Have All the Good Times Gone” and “Dancing in the Street.” Like many Van Halen songs, it has seductive lyrics aimed towards a beautiful woman.


7. “Panama”

Rumor has it that he Van Halen song “Panama” was written and released in response to reporters who said that Van Halen only preformed songs about fast cars and sexy women. You can even hear Eddie Van Halen rev the engine of his hot rod during the song. “Panama” was the third single from the record ‘1984.’


8. “Runnin With the Devil”

“Runninn With the Devil” was the second single released from the 1978 record ‘Van Halen.’ The B side to this single is “Eruption.” The songwriting for this song is attributed to Edward Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, and David Lee Roth.

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9. “Dance the Night Away”

“Dance the Night Away” was released in 1979 as a part of the record ‘Van Halen II.’ The songwriting for this song is attributed to David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, and Michael Anthony. “Dance the Night Away” has also been covered by popular artists like Santana, Mountain Heart, and Kevin DuBrow.


10. “Unchained”

The fourth song on the 1981 Van Halen record ‘Fair Warning’ is titled “Unchained.” Van Halen’s producer Ted Templeman’s made a small contribution to the track by saying “Come on Dave, give me a break.” This was his only vocal contribution to the band. “Unchained” is in Drop D♭ tuning with suspended fourth chords interspersed.