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Top 20 Van Halen Songs

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"You can't get romantic on a subway line.
Conductor don't like it, says you're wastin' your time.
But ev'rybody wants some.
I want some too.
Ev'rybody wants some.
Baby, how 'bout you? "



Everybody Wants Some


Song by Van Halen from the album Women and Children First
Recorded December 1979 - February 1980
Released March 26, 1980
Writer(s) Michael Anthony / Alex Van Halen / Eddie Van Halen / David Lee Roth
Producer Ted Templeman
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"We're gettin' funny in the back of my car
I'm sorry honey if I took you just a little too far, yes
Uh too too far
Uh so I, I told the fellas out behind the bar
So let me tell you honey just how fine you are"



Feel Your Love Tonight


Song by Van Halen from the album Van Halen
Recorded September – October 1977 at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood
Released February 10, 1978/October 1978 (B-side single)
Writer(s) Michael Anthony / Alex Van Halen / Eddie Van Halen / David Lee Roth
Producer Ted Templeman
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OU812 - Van Halen

"Come on baby, finish what ya started
I'm incomplete, huh!
That ain't no way to treat the broken-hearted
I need some sympathy!"



Finish What You Started


Single by Van Halen
from the album OU812
Recorded September 1987 - April 1988 at 5150 Studios, Hollywood, CA
Released May 24, 1988 (album)/1988 (single)
Writer(s) Michael Anthony / Alex Van Halen / Eddie Van Halen / Sammy Hagar
Producer(s) Van Halen, Donn Landee
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"I live my life like there's no tomorrow
And all I've got I had to steal
Least I don't need to beg or borrow
Yes, I'm living at a pace that kills
Runnin' with the devil"



Runnin' With the Devil


Single by Van Halen
from the album Van Halen
Recorded September – October 1977 at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood
Released February 10, 1978 (album)/May, 1978 (single)
Writer(s) Michael Anthony / Alex Van Halen / Eddie Van Halen / David Lee Roth
Producer Ted Templeman
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Van Halen - Van Halen

"She saw the look in his eyes, 'n' she knew better
He wanted her tonight, ah, and it was now or never
He made her feel so sad
Oh, whoa, whoa, Jamie's cryin' "



Jamie's Cryin'


Song by Van Halen from the album Van Halen
Recorded September – October 1977 at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood
Released February 10, 1978
Writer(s) Michael Anthony / Alex Van Halen / Eddie Van Halen / David Lee Roth
Producer Ted Templeman
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"They may talk about you cold when you were
Headed for the skies
But you were young and bold and baby didn't that
Change with a wink of your eye
Now no one's talkin' 'bout those
Crazy days gone by
No one talks about the
Times you cried
(Oooh) Little dreamer "



Little Dreamer


Song by Van Halen from the album Van Halen
Recorded September – October 1977 at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood
Released February 10, 1978
Writer(s) Michael Anthony / Alex Van Halen / Eddie Van Halen / David Lee Roth
Producer Ted Templeman
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1984 - Van Halen

"Drop dead legs - pretty smile,
Hurts my head - gets me wild.
Dig that steam - giant butt - makes me scream,
I get nuh-nuh-nothing but the shakes over you
And nothing else could ever do."



Drop Dead Legs


Song by Van Halen from the album 1984
Recorded 1983 at 5150 Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Released January 9, 1984
Writer(s) Michael Anthony / Alex Van Halen / Eddie Van Halen / David Lee Roth
Producer Ted Templeman
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Fair Warning - Van Halen

"You said
I cannot get there from here, baby
And I don't care where I'm goin'
Here's to your thin red line
I'm stepping over!"



Unchained


Single by Van Halen
from the album Fair Warning
Recorded Early March - Early April 1981
Released April 29, 1981 (album)/1981 (single)
Writer(s) Writer(s) Michael Anthony / Alex Van Halen / Eddie Van Halen / David Lee Roth
Producer Ted Templeman
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Atomic Punk (2012)

"I am a victim of the science age
A child of the storm, whoa yes
I can't remember when I was your age
For me, it says no more, no more!

Nobody rules these streets at night but me
The Atomic Punk!"



Atomic Punk


Song by Van Halen from the album Van Halen
Recorded September – October 1977 at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood
Released February 10, 1978 (album)/January 28, 1978 (B-side single)
Writer(s) Michael Anthony / Alex Van Halen / Eddie Van Halen / David Lee Roth
Producer Ted Templeman
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Diver Down - Van Halen

"All my life I've never stopped to worry `bout a thing,
Open up and shout it out,an' never try to sing,
Wondering if I've done it wrong,
Will this depression last for long,wont you tell me,
Where have all the good times gone. "



Where Have All the Good Times Gone


Single by Van Halen
from the album Diver Down
Recorded January - March 1982 at Sunset Sound, LA; Warner Bros. Recording Studios (formerly Amiga Studios), LA
Released April 14, 1982 (album)/1982 (single)
Writer(s) Ray Davies
Producer(s) Ted Templeman
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"Senorita I'm in trouble again
And I can't get free,
(Senorita) You're exactly what the doctor ordered,
Come and talk to me..."



Little Guitars


Single by Van Halen
from the album Diver Down
Recorded January - March 1982 at Sunset Sound, LA; Warner Bros. Recording Studios (formerly Amiga Studios), LA
Released April 14, 1982 (album)/1982 (single)
Writer(s) Michael Anthony / David Lee Roth / Alex Van Halen / Edward Van Halen
Producer(s) Ted Templeman
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"There's a time and place for everything, for everyone
We can push with all our might, but nothing's gonna come
Oh no, nothing's gonna change
And if I asked you not to try
Oh could you let it be "



Can't Stop Lovin' You


Single by Van Halen
from the album Balance
Recorded May - September 1994 at 5150 Studios, Hollywood, CA and Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver, BC
(Except "Strung Out" in 1983)
Released January 24, 1995 (album)/1995 (single)
Writer(s) Eddie Van Halen, Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Alex Van Halen
Producer(s) Bruce Fairbairn
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"Well, they say it's kinda frightnin'
How this younger generation swings
You know it's more than just some new sensation
Well, the kid is into losin' sleep
And he don't come home for half the week
You know it's more than just an aggravation "



And the Cradle Will Rock


Single by Van Halen
from the album Women and Children First
Recorded December 1979 - February 1980
Released March 26, 1980 (album)/1980 (single)
Writer(s) Michael Anthony / Alex Van Halen / Eddie Van Halen / David Lee Roth
Producer Ted Templeman
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Jump - Van Halen

"I get up, and nothing gets me down.
You got it tough. I've seen the toughest around.
And I know, baby, just how you feel.
You've got to roll with the punches to get to what's real "



Jump


Single by Van Halen
from the album 1984
Recorded 1983 at 5150 Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Released January 9, 1984 (album)/December 21, 1983 (single)
Writer(s) Michael Anthony / Alex Van Halen / Eddie Van Halen / David Lee Roth
Producer Ted Templeman
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"Girl, you really got me now
You got me so I don't know what I'm doin'
Girl, you really got me now
You got me so I can't sleep at night "



You Really Got Me


Single by Van Halen from the album Van Halen
Recorded September – October 1977 at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood
Released February 10, 1978 (album)/January 28, 1978 (single)
Writer(s) Ray Davies
Producer Ted Templeman
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"I heard the news, baby
All about your disease
Yeah, you may have all you want baby
But I got somethin' you need. Oh, yeah!
Ain't talkin' 'bout love
My love is rotten to the core
Ain't talkin' 'bout love
Just like I told you before"



Ain't Talking 'bout Love


Single by Van Halen
from the album Van Halen
Recorded September – October 1977 at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood
Released Released February 10, 1978 (album)/October 1978 (single)
Writer(s) Michael Anthony / Alex Van Halen / Eddie Van Halen / David Lee Roth
Producer Ted Templeman
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"So this is love! Well, she finally kissed me.
Had me all worked up inside.
I was in love, but Cupid missed me.
She up and left, and I almost died. "



In a Simple Rhyme


Song by Van Halen from the album Women and Children First
Recorded December 1979 - February 1980
Released March 26, 1980
Writer(s) Michael Anthony / Alex Van Halen / Eddie Van Halen / David Lee Roth
Producer Ted Templeman
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Dreams - Van Halen

"So baby dry your eyes, save all the tears you've cried
Ohh that's what dreams are made of
Oh baby we belong in a world that must be strong
Ohh that's what dreams are made of "



Dreams


Single by Van Halen
from the album 5150
Recorded November 1985 – February 1986 at 5150 Studios, Hollywood, CA
Released March 24, 1986 (album)/1986 (single)
Writer(s) Eddie Van Halen, Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Alex Van Halen
Producer Mick Jones, Donn Landee, Eddie Van Halen, Van Halen
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"Oh, here it comes - That funny feelin again
Winding me up inside every time we touch
Hey I don't know - Just tell me where to begin
Cause I never ever felt so much."



Why Can't This Be Love


Single by Van Halen
from the album 5150
Recorded November 1985 – February 1986 at 5150 Studios, Hollywood, CA
Released Released March 24, 1986(album)/March 1986 (single)
Writer(s) Eddie Van Halen, Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Alex Van Halen
Producer(s) Mick Jones, Donn Landee, Eddie Van Halen, Van Halen
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"Have you seen her?
So fine and pretty. Fooled me with her style and ease.
And I feel her from across the room.
Yes, it's love in the third degree. "



Dance the Night Away


Single by Van Halen
from the album Van Halen II
Recorded December 11, 1978 - January 1979 at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, CA
Released March 23, 1979 (album)/1979 (single)
Writer(s) Michael Anthony / Alex Van Halen / Eddie Van Halen / David Lee Roth
Producer Ted Templeman
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I have a certain cousin of mine to thank for turning me onto Rock n' Roll (in general) and a number of truly great bands (in particular). The Beatles, AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, KISS and Van Halen are just some of them. He was three years my senior and as his older brother had fashioned his musical sensibilities so did he for me. I think Women and Children First was the first thing I heard from Van Halen and it was an LP that my cousin had. I just remember hearing 'And the Cradle Will Rock' and being completely blown away.

Yet it was the band's freshman effort, their self-titled album, that really hooked me for good. Van Halen has to be one of the best first albums that I have ever heard by anyone and it's still my favorite from this band. Every single song is powerful, raw, moving and unforgettable. It is also one of my all-time favorite albums and, in my opinion, one of the best ever produced in the Rock genre.

During my teenage years, there's no telling how many hours I spent listening to Van Halen. I had every single album they made up until 1984. They were one of those bands that just demanded to be played LOUD! - and I did at every opportunity. ;)

After the split of Roth and the rest of the band, with the heralded arrival of Sammy Hagar as the lead vocalist, my personal reception of them was chilled. I admit that I wasn't really a fan of Hagar's. There were only a few songs of his that I liked (Your Love is Driving Me Crazy, I'll Fall in Love Again and Heavy Metal) and I hated his biggest hit (I Can't Drive 55)...and still do to this day. I followed Roth's solo efforts but stopped listening to Van Halen.

Yet fate (or chance) would eventually intervene and one day I happened to hear Why Can't This Be Love on the radio (back when they still played good music). The song just flat-out amazed me and immediately became a fave of mine. So...I gave them another chance and was not disappointed. It seemed that I did like Sammy...at least as long as he was in the Van Halen fold.

I'm not sure where exactly they would rank among my favorite bands but it's surely somewhere in the Top 10. Now here's a few facts for ya:

According to the RIAA, Van Halen is the 19th-best-selling band/artist in United States history (as of 2010), selling 56 million albums in the U.S. and 96.5 million albums worldwide. They were also revealed at number 4 on the Billboard's top money makers list in 2013. Van Halen is one of only five rock bands that have had two studio albums sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S. Additionally, Van Halen charted the most number-one hits in the history of Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart.

Yet for all their worldwide fame for numerous popular songs and truly incredible and larger-than-life stage shows, they are also followed by controversy surrounding departing vocalists. Regardless of this though, Van Halen has cemented their reputation as hard rockers, premiere entertainers and respected musicians (especially Eddie) and they have more than earned their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to which they were inducted in 2007.

Like them, love them or hate them (what's the matter with you!), Van Halen is one of the greatest rock bands of all time and without further pontificating, praising and generally running off at the mouth - here are my favorite 20 tunes.









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