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The Best Eddie Van Halen Guitar Solos Of All Time, Ranked

Updated October 6, 2020 1.3k votes 137 voters30 items

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The best Eddie Van Halen guitar solos are among the best guitar solos of all time, period. In 1978, the Dutch guitarist revolutionized shredding on Van Halen's self-titled debut album, which included his legendary "tapping" cadenza, "Eruption." In the late '70s and through the '80s, there were few guitarists as revered as EVH; not only did he continue to wow with his technical prowess throughout full albums like Diver Down and Fair Warning, but also, he brought these skills into the mainstream.

Van Halen's 1984 hit "Jump," for example, saw the guitarist, who passed from cancer on October 6, 2020, blend his ornate solos with radio-friendly, pop-infused rock. Additionally, he famously provided the blistering guitar solo on Michael Jackson's dance hit "Beat It," off the unprecedently popular Thriller album. 

There are practically countless guitar solo gems throughout the Van Halen discography, but it's up to you to decide which Eddie Van Halen solos are the best of the best. Vote up your favorite EVH solos below, and be sure to add any that you feel we may have missed.

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  • Eruption1
    114
    10

    Eruption

    Van Halen

    Album: Van Halen 

    Released: 1978 

    Solo: 0:00-1:42

  • Hot for Teacher2
    62
    21

    Albums1984

    ComposerVan Halen, Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony

    ProducerTed Templeman

    Length (seconds)4:43

    Album: 1984

    Released: 1984

    Solo: 3:02-3:36

    More Hot for Teacher 

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  • Panama3
    58
    18

    Panama

    Van Halen

    Albums1984

    ComposerEddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony

    ProducerTed Templeman

    Length (seconds)3:32

    Album: 1984 

    Released: 1984 

    Solo: 2:05-2:19

    More Panama 

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  • Ain't Talkin 'Bout Love4

    AlbumsVan Halen

    ComposerEddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony

    Length (seconds)3:49

    Album: Van Halen

    Released: 1978 

    Solo: 1:23-1:35/2:46-2:58

    More Ain't Talkin 'bout Love 

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  • Beat It5
    64
    30

    Beat It

    Michael Jackson

    AlbumsHIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1, Thriller

    ComposerMichael Jackson

    ProducerQuincy Jones, Michael Jackson

    Length (seconds)3:49

    Album: Thriller 

    Released: 1982 

    Solo: 2:49-3:17

    More Beat It 

    #10 of 133 The Best Workout Songs#1 of 89 The Best Ever Grammy Winning Records

  • Ice Cream Man6
    48
    15

    Ice Cream Man

    Van Halen

    AlbumsVan Halen

    ComposerJohn Brim

    Length (seconds)3:19

    Album: Van Halen 

    Released: 1978 

    Solo: 1:44-2:19

  • Dreams7
    38
    11

    Dreams

    Van Halen

    Albums5150

    ComposerEddie Van Halen, Sammy Hagar, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony

    Length (seconds)4:53

    Album: 5150

    Released: 1986

    Solo: 2:41-3:15

    More Dreams 

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  • Jump8
    41
    20

    Jump

    Van Halen

    Album: 1984 

    Released: 1984 

    Solo: 2:16-2:31

    More Jump 

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  • Mean Street9
    38
    17

    Mean Street

    Van Halen

    AlbumsFair Warning

    ComposerEddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony

    Length (seconds)5:1

    Album: Fair Warning

    Released: 1981 

    Solo: 2:24-2:42

    More Mean Street 

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  • Spanish Fly10
    37
    18

    Spanish Fly

    Van Halen

    Album: Van Halen II 

    Released: 1979 

    Solo: 0:00-1:01

  • Unchained11
    34
    15

    Unchained

    Van Halen

    AlbumsFair Warning

    ComposerEddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony

    Length (seconds)3:28

    Album: Fair Warning

    Released: 1981 

    Solo: 1:49-2:01

  • Right Now12
    28
    10

    Right Now

    Van Halen

    AlbumsFor Unlawful Carnal Knowledge

    Length (seconds)5:21

    Album: For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge 

    Released: 1991 

    Solo: 3:45-4:09

  • Push Comes to Shove13
    27
    11

    AlbumsFair Warning

    ComposerEddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony

    Length (seconds)3:48

    Album: Fair Warning 

    Released: 1981 

    Solo: 2:30-3:09

  • And the Cradle Will Rock...14

    AlbumsWomen and Children First

    ComposerEddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony

    Length (seconds)3:33

    Album: Women and Children First 

    Released: 1980 

    Solo: 1:33-1:49

  • I'm the One15
    20
    8

    I'm the One

    Van Halen

    AlbumsVan Halen

    Length (seconds)3:46

    Album: Van Halen 

    Released: 1978 

    Solos: 1:19-1:44/2:32-2:49

  • Feel Your Love Tonight16

    AlbumsVan Halen

    Length (seconds)3:42

    Album: Van Halen 

    Released: 1978 

    Solo: 2:37-3:05

    More Feel Your Love Tonight 

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  • Humans Being17
    18
    10

    Humans Being

    Van Halen

    Album: Twister (Soundtrack)

    Released: 1996 

    Solo: 1:41-3:17

  • Cathedral18
    22
    17

    Cathedral

    Van Halen

    Date Recorded1982

    AlbumsDiver Down

    Album: Diver Down 

    Released: 1982 

    Solo: 0:00-1:23

  • D.O.A. 19
    14
    8

    D.O.A. 

    Van Halen

    AlbumsVan Halen II

    Length (seconds)4:11

    Album: 

    Released: 

    Solo: 1:51-2:19

  • Somebody Get Me a Doctor20

    AlbumsVan Halen II

    Length (seconds)2:54

    Album: Van Halen II 

    Released: 1979 

    Solo: 1:14-2:11

    More Somebody Get Me a Doctor 

    #6 of 103 The Best Songs With Get in the Title#16 of 102 The Best Songs With Doctor in the Title

  • Drop Dead Legs21
    15
    12

    Albums1984

    ComposerEddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony

    ProducerTed Templeman

    Length (seconds)4:15

    Album: 1984 

    Released: 1984 

    Solo: 2:35-4:14

  • Love Walks In22
    12
    11

    Love Walks In

    Van Halen

    Albums5150

    ComposerEddie Van Halen, Sammy Hagar, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony

    Length (seconds)5:11

    Album: 5150 

    Released: 1986 

    Solo: 2:37-3:20

    More Love Walks In 

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  • Hang 'Em High23
    15
    15

    Hang 'Em High

    Van Halen

    Album: Diver Down 

    Released: 1982 

    Solo: 1:29-2:11

    More Hang 'Em High 

    #92 of 117 The Best Songs with High in the Title#93 of 100 The Best Songs With Hang in the Title

  • You're No Good24
    14
    14

    You're No Good

    Van Halen

    AlbumsVan Halen II

    ComposerClint Ballard, Jr.

    Length (seconds)3:17

    Album: Van Halen II 

    Released: 1979 

    Solo: 2:06-2:32

  • Mine All Mine25
    10
    12

    Mine All Mine

    Van Halen

    Date Recorded1988

    AlbumsOU812

    Album: OU812 

    Released: 1988 

    Solo: 2:26-3:02