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The Best Van Halen Albums of All Time

Updated November 5, 2019 4.8k votes 845 voters 17.2k views12 items

List RulesThis 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.

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  • 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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  • 1984
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    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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    #719 of 3,110 The Greatest Albums of All-Time#54 of 585 The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time#44 of 112 Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection

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    1. And the Cradle Will Rock...
    2. Everybody Wants Some!!
    3. Fools
    4. Romeo Delight
    5. Tora! Tora!
    6. Loss of Control
    7. Take Your Whiskey Home
    8. Could This Be Magic?
    9. In a Simple Rhyme
    10. Growth

    • Release Date: 1980
    • Producer: Ted Templeman
    • Length (mins): 00:33:38
    • Label: Warner Bros. Records
    • Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Hard rock, Glam metal
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  • 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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