Van Halen is one of the most popular bands in history and has sold over 80 million albums worldwide. The band was formed in 1972 by brothers Eddie van Halen (lead guitar) and Alex van Halen (drums). The other members are David Lee Roth (vocals) and Michael Anthony (bass). They have been voted as one of the best hard rock bands ever. Below is a list of their 10 most popular songs.
Van Halen was an amazing band that, when they first came out in 1978, became a headliner and concert favorite. This is because the originality of their music combined with David Lee Roth’s unique voice made them one of the most creative rock bands ever to grace stage or audience! Eddie Van Halen had such a strong bond with Alex- something he shared only once before on “Jump,” which comes from his autobiography where it talks about how they felt like brothers as kids growing up together.
Choosing only ten essential Van Halen songs proves difficult given its prolific output over four decades spanning five albums (51 tracks) but we’ve narrowed it down based on greatness– exposing some fan favorites along the way while mentioning solo material by Edward Anthony.
From Led Zeppelin to Queen, the 1970s was an amazing decade for great rock and roll bands. Van Halen is one of few who were able to rise from this era that has continued on today with their original sound intact.
When we think about classic rock in the ’70s, it brings up memories of Black Sabbath or The Doors but as time went by those names faded away while some such as Pink Floyd are still around; however there has been a new band rising out of this generation–Van Halen!
# 10 “Chinatown”
# 9 – “Panama”
The band Van Halen was well–known for their love of cars and partying, as evidenced by the song “Panama” which is about David Lee Roth’s car. This fascination with automobiles wasn’t just limited to lyrics in songs either—it extended into other aspects of the music industry too! One example of this can be found when they recorded “Van Halen II.” They were inside a studio recording guitars but wanted to add some extra sound effects that you might hear from an engine revving at high RPMs or maybe doing doughnuts out on an open track. So what did Alex do? He pulled up his Lamborghini right outside so he could record it all live without needing any post-production editing whatsoever!
The lyrics of “Panama” are about a girl who has gone to Panama and is at risk of contracting STDs. The speaker implores the listeners not to follow her example, but rather go back home or enjoy another country because she cannot have any more fun in this one while risking life–threatening diseases.
# 8 – “Finish What Ya Started”
Van Halen’s new single has taken the world by storm. The song was well-received, with guitarists praising it for its catchy tune and innovative sound that blends elements of blues, country, and soul – a deviation from Van Halen’s traditional signature rock style. It features drummer Alex Van Halen on vocals while Eddie plays his famous intro riff to “Finish What Ya Started” before Sammy Hagar enters playing the second guitar!
# 7 – “Beautiful Girls”
David Lee Roth is the most charismatic guy in Van Halen. The last song on “Van Halen II” entitled, Beautiful Girls, showcases this fact with his signature bombastic charm and entertaining flair that was part of what made him so different from other lead singers.
# 6 – “Runnin’ with the Devil”
“In 1978, the iconic Van Halen song “Runnin’ with the Devil” was released into a society that had been previously dominated by blues artists. The track introduced an electrifying sound to rock music and has since become one of their most famous songs. Played at every live performance in which David Lee Roth fronted for them, it represents not only Eddie Van Halen’s virtuosity on guitar but also his philosophy: living life without regret.” In contrast to many other legendary rock musicians, Eddie’s sound did not emulate that of any specific guitarist from past generations; rather it personified his own unique style which has inspired countless others in their craft since
– such as Steve Vai or Joe Satriani. The sheer power behind each lick he would play is something I will never forget!
# 5 – “Poundcake”
The album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge was released in 1991, and the opening track is a power drill-powered opener that sets the tone for what would be their heaviest work together. “Poundcake” may have been Van Halen’s best material under this configuration.
# 4 – “Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Love”
When Velvet Revolver performed the Van Halen song “Ain’t Talk’n ‘bout Love” for their introduction of Eddie and Alex in 2007, it was an homage to a man whose genius is unmatched. The opening guitar lick announces its presence immediately with a fast–paced riff that gives way to one of rock’s most recognizable melodies – which can be heard all over the world at sporting events and school dances alike. If you’re looking for some truly epic electric guitar solos, they’re here too: as part of what many consider his definitive work, David Lee Roth delivers searing lead lines on top of bassist Michael Anthony’s signature heavy backing sound while drummer Ralph Molina beats hard against those iconic drums so emblematic
# 3 – Mean Street
Mean Street is one of Van Halen’s most underrated albums. It opens with the blistering guitar lick and a fast pace that immediately grabs your attention while Michael Anthony provides a counterpoint by playing an articulate bass line. The lyrics are delivered in David Lee Roth’s signature style, matching the intensity perfectly as he sings about urban life; but what really makes this album stand out from anything they had released before was their use of harmonies in voicings unheard anywhere else previously.
In this album, the band really grew as a songwriter and with their writing. Their “Mean Street” in particular was representative of how they’ve matured into better musicians.
# 2 – Everybody Wants Some
“Everybody Wants Some” is a classic rocker with lyrics that tell you to make up your mind about what you want right now or it will be too late for tonight. The song features some of Eddie Van Halen’s best guitar work ever recorded in his career, but the band got sick of playing this song live because they played it so many times!
The perfect rock anthem Everybody Wants Some have a powerful slam dunk chorus and the guitar runs are insane. For those who want some action or just enjoy listening to jams on repeat all day long, this is for you!
#1 – “Hot for Teacher”
In 84‘, VH unleashed Hot For Teacher too much controversy because of both content and an accompanying music video depicting younger versions of them engaged in less than stellar behavior – but they were able to defend themselves on CNNs‘ crossfire thanks to legendary artist Frank Zappa!
1980s America was a time of musical censorship. Frank Zappa, the advocate for free speech and music lover, spoke out against this movement as it swept across the nation. The Senate hearings to censor various forms of music were met with opposition by one man who stood his ground in defending our freedom: Mr. Zappa!
It was an era of the sexual revolution. It should come as no surprise that one of the most popular rock songs on this list is about a young man’s lust for his teacher, who he subconsciously equated with sex and violence. Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher,” from their album 1984, defines what it means to be hot during these turbulent times – in more ways than one!
The guitar solo at the end of “Hot for Teacher” is one that Eddie Van Halen should be very proud of. The blood boiling, articulate performance with his flawless technique and style stands as a top highlight in the band’s history. It was not only complimented by Michael Anthony on bass but also matched note for note from Alex without missing any opportunities to show off their skillset throughout this piece.