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List Rules This list includes Van Halen studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

Here is the list of the best Van Halen albums of all time with album covers and release dates. Since they’re such an influential band, let’s rank the best Van Halen albums, with the help of your votes. Van Halen were truly pioneers of American heavy metal in the ‘70s. While the UK and Europe saw their metal bands cranking out hard, abrasive, and very masculine rock (think Black Sabbath and the Scorpions), Eddie Van Halen was reinventing the genre and changed the way guitarists approached their instrument. David Lee Roth brought a P.T. Barnum party vibe to the band, and in 1978, their self-titled debut redefined American rock music.

 Including everything from Van Halen (1978) and 1984 (1984), this Van Halen discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Van Halen albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Van Halen singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Van Halen album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves.

This list of popular Van Halen CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Van Halen album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Van Halen Albums of All Time
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Van Halen


1. Runnin' with the Devil
2. Eruption
3. You Really Got Me
4. Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love
5. I'm the One
6. Jamie's Cryin'
7. Atomic Punk
8. Feel Your Love Tonight
9. Little Dreamer
10. Ice Cream Man
11. On Fire

Release Date: 1978

Producer: Ted Templeman

Length (mins): 00:35:35

Label: Warner Bros. Records

Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Hard rock, Glam metal

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Fair Warning is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Van Halen Albums of All Time
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Fair Warning


1. Mean Street
2. Dirty Movies
3. Sinner's Swing!
4. Hear About It Later
5. Unchained
6. Push Comes to Shove
7. So This Is Love?
8. Sunday Afternoon in the Park
9. One Foot Out the Door

Release Date: 1981

Producer: Ted Templeman

Length (mins): 00:31:15

Label: Warner Bros. Records

Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Hard rock, Glam metal

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1984 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Van Halen Albums of All Time
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1984


1. 1984
2. Jump
3. Panama
4. Top Jimmy
5. Drop Dead Legs
6. Hot for Teacher
7. I'll Wait
8. Girl Gone Bad
9. House of Pain

Release Date: 1984

Label: Warner Bros. Records

Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Hard rock, Glam metal, Electronic rock, Arena rock

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Van Halen II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Van Halen Albums of All Time
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Van Halen II


1. You're No Good
2. Dance the Night Away
3. Somebody Get Me a Doctor
4. Bottoms Up!
5. Outta Love Again
6. Light Up the Sky
7. Spanish Fly
8. D.O.A.
9. Women in Love...
10. Beautiful Girls

Release Date: 1979

Producer: Ted Templeman

Length (mins): 00:31:55

Label: Warner Bros. Records

Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Hard rock, Glam metal

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