Best Van Halen Albums

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The Top Ten

1 Van Halen

Absolutely amazing debut - kempokid

eruption, ain't talkin' bout love best songs

The first was awesome! Great listening album, party album or just driving around looking cool album. Every song is good, but "Ain't Talking' 'bout Love" and "Ice Cream Man", ruled. The first time I heard "Eruption", was like discovering music all over again!

One of the best debuts. Not since a band like Led Zeppelin or Bad Company had there been a debut album that just announced the band. Every song stands out. Only Atomic Punk and On Fire do I find weak, but by no means bad.

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2 1984

1. Van Halen
2. 1984
3. 5150
4. OU812
5. For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
6. Fair Warning
7. Women And Children First
8. Balance
9. Van Halen 2
10. Van Halen 3
11. A Different Kind Of Truth
12. Diver Down

Tough decision between this and van halen, but this wins because hot for teacher - Disturbedpotato

1984 to me is Van Halen's #1, HOWEVER, if Hot For Teacher isn't on this album, 5150 is in the #1 spot. 1984 clearly has the better songs in Jump, Panama, Hot For Teacher, and I'll Wait, and while the other five songs are definitely good songs, they just don't measure up to the other half of the album, and definitely not to the songs on 5150.

Eddie's work on "Hot for Teacher" is unstoppable. This is my favorite with 5150 a close second. they started messing around with the synth in this album and started creating more melodic music. Every song on this album is worth Listening to.

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3 5150

While the loss of a legendary frontman like Diamond Dave was detrimental, the band gained a guitar player and song writer that was able to write songs that made sense in Sammy Hagar. Many of the songs that were written in the Roth era made many people stop and wonder what the song was even about. This album was the first step Van Halen took to becoming a band with lyrical clarity. While I believe that Roth was a better frontman and performer, I think Hagar wrote the better lyrics.

Songs like 5150 and Summer Nights show that the band can mesh together and have a good overall sound while showcasing the different talents of each member. Eddie kills on the guitar while Alex showcases his monster skills on the drums and Michael creates a strong bass foundation. It's a close tie with 1984 but in my opinion, 5150 just barely wins out.

There is NOTHING to dislike about this album. The first time I played it, it just destroyed me. My face was melted by the insane tone on Ed's guitar, my guts were busted by Al's legendary kit, and Sammy's lyrics and heavenly voice shredded up what was left. Even the album art is killer! 5150 was their peak for the bands sound, their lyrics, and their all together vibe.

Well 1984 and Van Halen is better, but this one has more great songs if you ask me. Why can't this be love, is great. Dreams is also great and Love Walks in. 1984 got, Jump, Panama and Ill Wait, Van Halen got ain't Talking Bout LOve, Eruption and Runnin With The Devil. So can't really choose.

This is all four of these musicians at their absolute peak. None of them ever had a better performance before or after. And that says a lot because just about everything they have ever done as a band or as individuals is brilliant art.

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4 Fair Warning

Mean Street and Unchained Rock hard. I'll admit that 1984, 5150, and Van Halen have some better songs, Fair Warning is always a great soundtrack! - SharkDestroyer

What? Is this a joke? Simply the greatest Van Halen album and one of the best rock albums of all time! "Mean Street" has the best riff in history!

Eddie at his best. Most twisted lyrics. Dark and heavy.

With lyrics like, "daddy's little angel after some damn rainbow - got the big deal in the back of a limo! ", "you'll get some leg tonight for sure! " and "baby's on the corner and she's looking' so fine", how can ya go wrong!

Literally the best overall album. I could listen to this thing start to finish a thousand times. Mean street, Unchained, Dirty Movies, Hear about it later, So this is love, just amazing!

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5 For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge

Love the acronym

The Boys finally dumped the synthesizer and got back to the guitar. Eddie's guitar playing here in my opinion was his best ever!. Don't freak out "Eruption", and "Meanstreet" fans. We are talking albums here, and not Solo's. The Power drill on "Poundcake" is outstanding, and innovative. "Runaround's" solo is sublime, and "Right Now", and "Top of the world" make this the bands Hagar era masterpeice, and peak. Even the lesser songs;In N'Out, The Dream is over, and Man on a mission all rock. Pleasuredome is an undervalued classic and Anthony's best bass playing ever!. I love this album, and not becuase of the cool ass title either!.

This is such a powerful album, it is one of the very best album from Van Halen

The Hagar Era Masterpiece, and the Bands peak. They may release future albums, but the band has no where to go but down after "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge! ". They won the MTV Video Award for "Right Now" in 1993, their most successful song next to "Jump" ever!. Poundcake, Runaround, and Top of the world guitar classics!.

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6 Van Halen II

A top-class album! Just like their debut, there is no filler here. All tracks are rockingly strong. Classic!

This was definitely the VH Record that was the most "fun" to listen to.
It had great riffs like "Somebody Get Me a Doctor" and "Beautiful Girls"
Great catchy choruses like "You're No Good" and "Dance the Night Away"
And some badass sounding tunes like "outta Love again"

AND THOSE ARE ONLY HALF THE RECORD the other tunes are just as good

Just as fun as their debut, the title really says it all; it IS Van Halen part II.

I don't get it seems like I'm the only person on the planet that feels this is by far their best effort

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7 Women And Children First

Most bands hit they're stride with their second or third albums, while the first two are great, I truly believe that Van Halen were at the top of the mountain with Women and Children First. Highlights include In a Simple Rhyme, Everybody Wants Some!, and Tora! Tora! /Loss of Control.

This is my favorite because it's the least commercial. No big radio hits here. Just great songwriting!

The most diverse VH album ever, and Eddie just goes buck wild on it.

A different kind of truth sucks big time. - Sabbath

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8 OU812

You have to admit that they have a sense of Humor with this album, because they do two albums named after years then O! you ate one too? - Queen-aholic

This is my favorite. Perfect songs,excellent music and Sammy big and power voice.

Every song flows perfectly together.

Amazing display of music, great album.

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9 Diver Down

I love all Van Halen albums - besides Happy Trails at the end, there are no fillers - GREAT ESTATE Van Halen album at the peak of their powers

by far best they ever did, musically and otherwise. Favorite of long-time VH fans.

Too many covers on this one.

10 Balance

Hands down their strongest album. Eddie's playing shows a new level of maturity. Every song on this album has more depth than every Roth song they ever recorded.

Sammy's vocals and Eddie's playing just an outstanding album from beginning to end. Anthony's bass is second to not many. Alex enough said!

Great from start to finish

Just a strong listen from beginning to end. Don't Tell Me should be getting airplay to this day but for some reason it doesn't. This CD did not leave my car for well over a year.

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The Contenders

11 A Different Kind of Truth

You can't deny that this is a great album, it's their newest work with David Lee Roth and it's got to be one of their best yet. Sure it's not as good as 1984 or the debut but it's still a great piece. It's gotta be on the list.

Eddie shreds better than ever, Alex delivers loud, thundering drums, Wolfgang plays a mean bass line (and delivers great backups), and Dave writes classic lyrics and still sings like he used to! One of their best!

You and Your Blues is definitely one of my favorite Van Halen songs! I love the solo, the lyrics, and the bass! If this isn't in your collection, err.. It should be.

Don't let Tattoo fool you, this is a full on return to form. Maybe not the whole album is good, but everything from As Is until the end rocks.

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12 Best of Volume I
13 Tokyo Dome Live in Concert
14 Live: Right Here, Right Now
15 Van Halen III

It's Better than " A Different Kind of Truth" for sure. it's not a top 10, but it deserves to be higher than A Different Kind of truth and Tokyo Dome. - SharkDestroyer

Just had to give this a pity vote.

Better than A Different Kind of Truth

This is better then a different kind of truth - Sabbath

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16 Best of Both Worlds

Best of Both Worlds is the best of all worlds. Roth is truly memorable and Hagar shreds. The new tracks on this album are serious contenders with the original songs. Eddie still proves to me (and every other Van Halen fan) that he can play guitar upside down should the situation call for it.

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