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The Best Van Halen Albums of All Time

Updated November 5, 2019 5.1k votes 873 voters 17.4k 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. 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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  • 1. Good Enough
    2. Why Can't This Be Love
    3. Get Up
    4. Dreams
    5. Summer Nights
    6. Best of Both Worlds
    7. Love Walks In"
    8. 5150
    9. Inside

    • Release Date: 1986
    • Producer: Mick Jones
    • Length (mins): 00:43:20
    • Label: Warner Bros. Records
    • Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Hard rock, Glam metal
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  • Diver Down
    Photo: Steve / Flickr

    1. Where Have All the Good Times Gone!
    2. Hang 'Em High
    3. Cathedral
    4. Secrets
    5. Intruder
    6. (Oh) Pretty Woman
    7. Dancing in the Street
    8. Little Guitars (Intro)
    9. Little Guitars
    10. Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)
    11. The Full Bug
    12. Happy Trails

    • Release Date: 1982
    • Producer: Ted Templeman
    • Length (mins): 00:31:32
    • Label: Warner Bros. Records
    • Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Hard rock, Glam metal
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  • For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
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    1. Poundcake
    2. Judgement Day
    3. Spanked
    4. Runaround
    5. Pleasure Dome
    6. In 'n' Out
    7. Man on a Mission
    8. The Dream Is Over
    9. Right Now
    10. 316
    11. Top of the World

    • Release Date: 1991
    • Producer: Ted Templeman, Andy Johns
    • Length (mins): 00:52:06
    • Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Hard rock, Glam metal
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