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Van Halen - Discography

What Is The Best Van Halen Album?

  • Van Halen II (1979)

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  • Women And Children First (1980)

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  • Diver Down (1982)

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  • 5150 (1986)

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  • OU812 (1988)

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  • Balance (1995)

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  • The Best Of Van Halen, Vol. I (1996)

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  • Van Halen III (1998)

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  • The Best Of Both Worlds (2004)

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  • Live: Right Here, Right Now (1993)

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  • Other

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So what do you consider to be the best Van Halen Album of all time? I'm currently on a VH kick. I will be going through the entire catalog from from start to finish. But I already know what I consider to be the best. What's yours?

Circa 1978


Circa 1986

Thanks for fixing the Poll, Iggy. Wait, that doesn't sound right. Oh forget it.
 

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Van Halen (Self Titled) 1978 :star::star::star::star::star:



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VH1. No, not the channel. The Album. This ranks only slightly behind 1984 as the best Van Halen album ever IMO. What's not to love about this one. The bulk of this album still makes up a good chunk of their set list: Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love, Eruption, Ice Cream Man, Jamie's Cryin', Runnin' With The Devil and You Really Got Me. This album still holds up rather well after all these years. I still remember getting this on Christmas and playing it over and over. My Mom was kinda regretting getting me this album, especially on Christmas because I kept playing Running With The Devil over and over. My bad. Sorry.

Fave Songs: All of 'em.

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Placemark to explain the Poll situation that Chip fucked up. NSFW BITCHES!

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Van Halen (Van Halen II) 1979 :star::star::star::star::halfstar:


I'll admit that when this first came out I only liked half the album. I really don't know why that is. Probably because I was expecting another Running With The Devil and Eruption. But over the years VHII just keeps getting better and better. Is it on par of VH1? No. This one really only had a select few that you can really call "hits". If it were not for Spanish Fly, I never ever would have bothered picking up an acoustic guitar, just so that I could learn that song.

Fave Songs: Beautiful Girls, Bottoms Up!, D.O.A., Somebody Get Me A Doctor and Spanish Fly.
 

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It was so hard to not pick VH1, but in the end, 1984 is the better album. With the possible exception of "House of Pain", every song is excellent, with a couple of all-time rock classics ("Panama" and "Hot for Teacher").
 

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It was so hard to not pick VH1, but in the end, 1984 is the better album. With the possible exception of "House of Pain", every song is excellent, with a couple of all-time rock classics ("Panama" and "Hot for Teacher").
I actually love House Of Pain. It's actually of one of my faves on 1984. :)
 

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I don't think you should include best ofs. That's an unfair advantage since it has all the songs people really like and don't necessarily represent the artists intentions.

Hard to pick, but I think I'm gonna say the original VH. 1984 isn't bad but the synth is a bit too heavy at times. Same goes for 5150.
 

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I don't think you should include best ofs. That's an unfair advantage since it has all the songs people really like and don't necessarily represent the artists intentions.

Hard to pick, but I think I'm gonna say the original VH. 1984 isn't bad but the synth is a bit too heavy at times. Same goes for 5150.
Well originally I was just going to include The Best Of Van Halen, Vol. I in the Poll for the simple fact that it has/had 2 new songs with David Lee Roth, the first new music of the orignal band since 1984. This was a pivotal release, even though it was part of the Greatest Hits Package. So, since I felt that it warranted a spot on the list for that very reason, I decided to include the other one as well.

In most cases I would leave the greatest hits package to the Other option. Some people do prefer GH albums over the original releases for whatever reason they may have.
 

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Some people do prefer GH albums over the original releases for whatever reason they may have.
Lack of imagination? :D

Chip: "House of Pain" isn't a bad song by any means, but I don't think I would ever put it on a desert island disc, even if that DI disk were only VH songs. :D


Also: I actually liked the synths in 1984. :insec:
 

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Van Halen (Women And Children First) 1980 :star::star::star::star::star:


Chip's Original Review

I stand behind my original review.

Most people point to 1984 as the first time Eddie uses keyboards on a Van Halen album. That just isn't true. Any fan of the band knows full well that it made it's debut here on Women and Children First. Yes, it was disguised by running the keyboard directly through a Marshall amp with phase FX applied to it to give it that crunchy "guitar" sound. I'll be the first to admit that I didn't know that when this was released. How would I know that? I was just a pup back then. :)

Anyways, I have always loved this one. A lot. First time I ever heard Everybody Wants Some!! I was :drool: The Drum intro and interlude with the ba-duuuuuuum, ba-dum power chords and wailing guitar noises still kicks fucking ass. :bow:

Fave Songs: And The Cradle Will Rock..., Everybody Wants Some!! Fools...Awww hell, all of it!!

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Also: I actually liked the synths in 1984. :insec:
I picked 1984 as the best. So, what does that say about me? ;)

I do know that a lot fans are divided down the middle when it comes to 1984. Some just absolutely hate it because it was the beginning of Van Halen taking a new musical direction with synths, keyboards and pianos. Some wish that VH had stayed true to what VH1 was. But that's really unrealistic for most bands as they evolve and change taste. The only band that basically is the same from start to finish for their entire career is of course AC/DC.
 

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I'm not saying I hate 1984. It's a close second to the first album. I just think the thing that stops it from that slight extra bit of greatness is the synths. A lot of bands started playing with synths around then that I wish hadn't. Rush is another one. A lot of Signals is destroyed by them.