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The best album by Van Halen is Van Halen which is ranked number 277 in the overall greatest album chart with a total rank score of 7,865.

Van Halen is ranked number 166 in the overall artist rankings with a total rank score of 15,480.

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Van Halen best albums

The following albums by Van Halen are ranked highest in the greatest album charts:

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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Van HalenUnited States Van Halen
Year of Release:1978Appears in:363 charts
Rank in 1978:3Rank Score:7,865
Rank in 1970s74Overall Rank:277
Average Rating:  79/100 (504 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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2.

1984United States Van Halen
Year of Release:1984Appears in:208 charts
Rank in 1984:16Rank Score:3,234
Rank in 1980s92Overall Rank:627
Average Rating:  75/100 (365 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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3.

Fair WarningUnited States Van Halen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:76 charts
Rank in 1981:20Rank Score:1,415
Rank in 1980s206Overall Rank:1,290
Average Rating:  74/100 (150 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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4.

5150United States Van Halen
Year of Release:1986Appears in:65 charts
Rank in 1986:38Rank Score:630
Rank in 1980s406Overall Rank:2,516
Average Rating:  74/100 (127 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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5.

Van Halen IIUnited States Van Halen
Year of Release:1979Appears in:69 charts
Rank in 1979:52Rank Score:603
Rank in 1970s520Overall Rank:2,600
Average Rating:  76/100 (144 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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6.

Women And Children FirstUnited States Van Halen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:49 charts
Rank in 1980:59Rank Score:532
Rank in 1980s470Overall Rank:2,871
Average Rating:  74/100 (124 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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7.

Diver DownUnited States Van Halen
Year of Release:1982Appears in:45 charts
Rank in 1982:51Rank Score:510
Rank in 1980s490Overall Rank:2,966
Average Rating:  71/100 (114 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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8.

OU812United States Van Halen
Year of Release:1988Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1988:85Rank Score:231
Rank in 1980s876Overall Rank:5,510
Average Rating:  70/100 (70 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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9.

For Unlawful Carnal KnowledgeUnited States Van Halen
Year of Release:1991Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1991:91Rank Score:231
Rank in 1990s1,120Overall Rank:5,526
Average Rating:  69/100 (54 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Van Halen IIIUnited States Van Halen
Year of Release:1998Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1998:217Rank Score:107
Rank in 1990s2,099Overall Rank:10,029
Average Rating:  55/100 (48 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Overall band rank: 166

This may not be a complete discography for Van Halen. This listing only shows those albums by this artist that appear in at least one chart on this site. If an album is 'missing' that you think deserves to be here, you can include it in your own chart from the My Charts page!

Van Halen best tracks

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1.Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
(from the album Van Halen)
 87/100 (120 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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2.Jump
(from the album 1984)
 86/100 (85 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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3.Right Now
(from the album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge)
 86/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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4.Panama
(from the album 1984)
 86/100 (75 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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5.Stay Frosty
(from the album A Different Kind Of Truth)
 85/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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6.You Really Got Me
(from the album Van Halen)
 85/100 (106 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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7.Runnin' With The Devil
(from the album Van Halen)
 85/100 (123 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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8.Hot For Teacher
(from the album 1984)
 85/100 (72 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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9.Jamie's Cryin'
(from the album Van Halen)
 85/100 (93 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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10.Big River
(from the album A Different Kind Of Truth)
 84/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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11.Beats Workin'
(from the album A Different Kind Of Truth)
 84/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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12.Eruption
(from the album Van Halen)
 84/100 (109 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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13.She's The Woman
(from the album A Different Kind Of Truth)
 84/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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14.Blood And Fire
(from the album A Different Kind Of Truth)
 84/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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15.Mean Street
(from the album Fair Warning)
 83/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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16.I'll Wait
(from the album 1984)
 83/100 (54 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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17.The Trouble With Never
(from the album A Different Kind Of Truth)
 83/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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18.China Town
(from the album A Different Kind Of Truth)
 83/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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19.Dance The Night Away
(from the album Van Halen II)
 83/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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20.Honeybabysweetiedoll
(from the album A Different Kind Of Truth)
 83/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Van Halen ratings

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74/100 (from 79 votes)
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From steve397 10/31/2016 20:55
Van Halen with DLRoth = 90
Van Hagar = 25
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From hoyquarlow 08/24/2016 03:33
Probably the worst band ever along with Kiss.
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From Brandon8 01/26/2015 01:13
I am a huge fan of the original lineup. I believe their debut is one of the best albums of all time. Van Halen II, And Women and Children First have some great songs but I prefer the Fair Warning and Diver Down. With 1984 they blew up and broke up. They were very much of their time.
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From AAL2014 05/04/2014 18:25
Van Halen is one of the most influential rock bands of their time. Of course that means without Van Halen there probably wouldn't have been that god awful hair metal scene throughout the 80's. However, I forgive them for that because I enjoy their work with Roth and a number of tracks from the Hagar era. Very talented band with a couple classic albums.
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From CaitlinK 12/17/2012 14:53
I agree with what you're saying, nutso42.

I'm new to Van Halen. I bought the albums from ITunes after my boyfriend played Different Kind of Truth. Loved it! Stay Frosty has been my most played song this year. So much fun!

It's true, Happymeal. Van Halen sounds so different with the 2nd singer. It's not like AC/DC. It's like if the Beatles fired John Lennon and hired Rod Stewart. Even if the Beatles kept the name like Van Halen did and still had hits, they wouldn't have been the Beatles.

Eddie and David Lee Roth have one of those special chemistries, like Mick and Keith or Plant and Page. I think it confuses people about Van Halen how they were two totally different bands. I think that's why a poster wrote they're misunderstood.
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From nutso42 12/07/2012 15:32
@ Happymeal
They essentially changed their genre when Sammy Hagar joined. They went from lead guitar driven hard rock to synth-y pop.
While I understand (and kind of agree) with your point about including a band's bad albums with the good, these count as two different bands.
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From nutso42 11/21/2012 19:42
For Van Halen, 100/100

For Van Hagar, 55/100
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From Jasonconfused 11/16/2012 23:34
Van Halen is one of the most influential rock bands over. A lot of that credit is due to Eddie with his guitar tapping. He wasn't the first to do it, but he took it to an extreme that had never before been seen. The solos are out of this world... but those guitar chops are insane as well. Best album is definitely their debut.
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From jimt 10/14/2012 00:28
My Rating does not include any thing Van Hagar
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From JuJu83 10/13/2012 05:31
Welcome to the most misunderstood band in rock and roll history.

Van Halen's debut in 1978 ("Van Halen") is a rock n' roll "game-changer," in the same way as Jimi Hendrix's "Are You Experienced?" or "Led Zeppelin," or "The Ramones." It's difficult to describe via antecedents: the attitude of The Ramones, the musicianship of Led Zeppelin, filtered through blaxploitation films, Southern California skateboarding culture, and drugs.

The band's (now) seven studio albums with David Lee Roth will likely appeal to the inner-10 year old in everyone, (if that inner-10 year-old still exists, that is,) and its propensity to experiment with diverse musical styles will appeal to all but the most jaded, (a la The Beatles.)

By "1984" (not just a year and George Orwell apocalyptic scenario, but a Van Halen album too) - the garage band aspects that defined Van Halen's first five albums have been smoothed, but not eliminated - and the band's experimentation continues, resulting in a blockbuster album that defined an era, (in America, an entire generation.)

Van Halen - when David Lee Roth is in the band - mixes characteristics from diverse musical genres, ultimately creating something unique. This is evident on its 1970s releases ("Van Halen," and ""Van Halen II,") and even more so in the '80s, but impossible to ignore by Van Halen's "I can't believe it's this good" 2012 comeback album, "A Different Kind of Truth."

Van Halen released five albums without David Lee Roth as singer, all of which sound quite different than those released with him. The best of these is "5150," (1986,) on which Eddie Van Halen continues his experiment with new wave. 1991's "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" (1991) can be inconsistent, but the highlights are enjoyable.
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