Van Halen (studio album) by Van Halen

Van Halen by Van Halen
Year: 1978
Overall rank: 353rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 788 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1978 (5th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1970s (90th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (353rd)
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VAN HALEN BALANCE 1995 Original Vinyl Record LP SEALED
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VAN HALEN "Van Halen II" Vinyl LP Original 1979 WB HS 3312 Gorgeous condition
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Time left: 7m 41s
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Van Halen is ranked as the best album by Van Halen.

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Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 788 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.2/100, a mean average of 79.0/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.7.

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pick up lines set to music
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From 02/04/2021 03:59
This is an electrifying Debut from the rock stars Van Halen. As far as lead guitar innovation goes, perhaps nothing can top Eddie in this '78 release.

I was somewhat dismayed at the lack of space that Roth gives Eddie on this record - yet the duality between their contributions makes for hectic, exciting interplay throughout the album.

Worshippers of indulgent rock stardom shooting through the airwaves should spin this on the regular!
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From 10/29/2020 14:21
One of the greatest debuts of all time. RIP EVH. Rating (89.09)
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From 09/28/2020 09:29
One of the best guitar album ever
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From 06/11/2020 00:31
Great.. Great.. Great
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From 06/11/2020 00:20
THIS IS Music
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From 10/24/2019 19:08
Spawned so many copy cats that couldn't come close to topping this album
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From 08/30/2019 16:28
Serious candidate for best debut of all time.
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From 07/23/2019 18:40
Favorite Tracks:Ain't Talkin 'Bout Love
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From 07/16/2019 16:53
It's a really solid album, especially considering it's Van Halen's debut album. All the songs are really good, although some personal favorites are Feel Your Love Tonight, Atomic Punk and Ice Cream Man. You Really Got Me is an amazing cover, with a memorable solo and it's the song that got me into the band.There are really no bad songs in the album, although it has some weak moments too, like I'm The One. It's undeniable that this band had style right from the beginning, although the lyrics can be pretty awkward sometimes, being too focused on women and sex. The sound of the album is amazing and the decision to have a single guitar track (most of the time) panned on one side really makes the album similar to a live performance, without losing the power of Eddie's playing. The rhythmic section is really strong: the bass is heavy and groovy and the drums really carry the songs at a fast pace.
The guitar playing is obviously amazing and it's the center of the album. Eddie's solos, which are what drew many fans into Van Halen will be remembered forever in Eruption, one of the best guitar songs of all time.
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Best Albums of 1978
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