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

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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.


  • Eruption
    1

    Eruption

    Van Halen
    167 votes

    Album: Van Halen 

    Released: 1978 

    Solo: 0:00-1:42

  • Hot for Teacher
    2
    115 votes
    • Album(s): 1984
    • Composer: Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony
    • Producer: Ted Templeman
    • Length (seconds): 4:43

    Album: 1984

    Released: 1984

    Solo: 3:02-3:36

  • Ice Cream Man
    3
    Van Halen
    88 votes
    • Album(s): Van Halen
    • Composer: John Brim
    • Length (seconds): 3:19

    Album: Van Halen 

    Released: 1978 

    Solo: 1:44-2:19

  • Mean Street
    4
    Van Halen
    76 votes
    • Album(s): Fair Warning
    • Composer: Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony
    • Length (seconds): 5:1

    Album: Fair Warning

    Released: 1981 

    Solo: 2:24-2:42

  • Panama
    5
    Van Halen
    102 votes
    • Album(s): 1984
    • Composer: Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony
    • Producer: Ted Templeman
    • Length (seconds): 3:32

    Album: 1984 

    Released: 1984 

    Solo: 2:05-2:19

  • Ain't Talkin 'Bout Love
    6
    92 votes
    • Album(s): Van Halen
    • Composer: Eddie 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