Van Halen (studio album) by Van Halen

Van Halen by Van Halen
Year: 1978
Overall rank: 374th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 855 votes)
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Award Top 5 albums of 1978 (5th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1970s (93rd)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (374th)
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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 79.8/100, a mean average of 78.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.8.

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From 02/25/2024 10:51
Virtuos guitar aside, Van Halen were pretty inane.
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From 07/06/2023 23:07
Van Halen's magnum opus. They would be at the top of the list for any band whose debut album was their best. By far. This is when they were at their hard rock guitar driven best.
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From 02/09/2023 23:36
An electric debut album that captures all the quality of the group from the vocal to the drum work to the outstanding guitar playing. It is such a classic in the rock genre and is an album that is irresistible to me as it is so much fun to listen to. They explode onto the scene with the fantastic Runnin' With The Devil which sets the tone for the rest of the album and you know your in for a great ride. The energy and passion is then maintained throughout the rest of the release with there being a slight dip near the conclusion. Every member of the band is incredible as well and each of them deserve their own praise for how great they are on here. Overall, one of the most electrifying debuts from any group that cemented the band as a powerhouse in rock music.
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From 09/06/2022 17:10
Classic 80s rock
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From 08/31/2022 19:25
One of the best rock albuns ever...sounds great today...best debut of all time
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From 06/05/2022 10:51
OK Ice Cream Man may not be a highlight, but the guitar solo is something special!
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From 06/05/2022 08:23
This record sounds like Aerosmith with more flashy playing, I think that it's generally good, my favorites are Runnin' With The Devil, You Really Got Me, Jamie's Cryin' and Ain't Talkin' Bout Love. But there are some bad tracks here like I'm The One or Ice Cream Man.
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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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Best Albums of 1978
1. Darkness On The Edge Of Town by Bruce Springsteen
2. Parallel Lines by Blondie
3. The Cars by The Cars
4. This Year's Model by Elvis Costello
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19. The Modern Dance by Pere Ubu
20. Powerage by AC/DC
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