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    Top 10 Van Halen Michael Anthony Songs

    by Eduardo RivadaviaJune 20, 2013 8:48 AM

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    This list of the Top 10 Van Halen Michael Anthony songs shine a much-deserved light on the contributions his bass playing and singing have made to one of rock’s biggest bands. Not only has our honoree been a bastion of rock and roll goodwill and down-to-earth camaraderie for all these years, he graciously accepted the inevitability that comes with playing bass behind one of the world’s greatest guitarists (being criminally underrated) while letting his incomparable backing vocals speak loudly and proudly on his behalf. So join us as we shout “Bottoms Up!” and celebrate both the four-string-plucking and singing contributions made by this beloved gentleman rocker to Van Halen’s distinctive sound, by way of this list of the Top 10 Michael Anthony Van Halen Songs.


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    ‘You’re No Good’

    From ‘Van Halen II’ (1979)

    As had already been the case on Van Halen’s landmark first album (See No. 1 on our list of the top Van Halen Michael Anthony Songs), it was Anthony's steady, sturdy bottom-end pulse that introduced fans to his band’s second guitar-revolutionizing long-player in as many years. Sure, this time, they may have done it with an eyebrow raising cover of a song most recently made famous by soft-rock queen, Linda Ronstadt, but still, it worked.

    Listen to ‘You’re No Good’



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    ‘Top of the World’

    From ‘For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge’ (1991)

    Twelve years and seven studio albums later, a great deal had changed in the Van Halen camp – what with Sammy Hagar’s commercially successful replacement of David Lee Roth and all of the sonic evolutions that came before and after. But, as the next song in our list of the Top 10 Van Halen Michael Anthony Songs shows, the bass player’s soaring backing vocals remained as integral to the band’s sound as ever.

    Listen to ‘Top of the World’




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    ‘Women in Love’

    From ‘Van Halen II’ (1979)

    Ironically, but not surprisingly, Anthony’s undervalued role in the grand scheme of Van Halen’s musical chemistry is often best showcased on deeper album cuts; cuts that rely even more than most on his bass-and-vocal double-threat to take them up a notch or three. ‘Women in Love’ is a perfect example of this, with its thunder-foot bass stomp and soaring counter-vocals making the commonplace exciting – have a listen.

    Listen to ‘Women in Love’


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    ‘Not Enough’

    From ‘Balance’ (1995)

    And now for something different… In this emotional, piano-introduced ballad tucked away in the second half of 1995’s rather UN-balanced ‘Balance’ album, Anthony was given a rare opportunity to play fretless bass behind his band mates. And, if we do say so ourselves, he made the very best of it by providing fluid parts that seamlessly bind together the song’s wildly contrasting sections quite beautifully.

    Listen to ‘Not Enough’


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    ‘In a Simple Rhyme’

    From ‘Women and Children First’ (1980)

    You’d be hard pressed to find a tune that encapsulates Van Halen’s broad dynamic range – all the way from acoustic restraint to electric bombast – as well as the next entry in our list of Top 10 Van Halen Michael Anthony Songs. On top of that, short of 'Diver Down's ‘Happy Trails’ there’s no better vehicle for the band's a cappella talents – and Anthony’s crucial place within it – than the aptly named 'In a Simple Rhyme.'

    Listen to ‘In a Simple Rhyme’


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    ‘Push Comes to Shove’

    From ‘Fair Warning’ (1981)

    The only reason this song's outrageously funky bass line isn’t further up the totem pole is because some insiders suggest it was Edward, not Michael, who actually played it during the famously difficult ‘Fair Warning’ sessions (see also the telltale finger-tapping harmonics on ‘Dirty Movies’). Nevertheless, whether these rumors are true or false, we’d rather err on the side of caution than leave such a memorable bass track on the cutting room floor.

    Listen to ‘Push Comes to Shove’


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    ‘Get Up’

    From ‘5150 (1986)

    Call us crazy, but there’s just something about the way this song combines borderline hysterical screams and thrash-like bass guitar that makes us thank a higher power for the unifying superglue of Michael Anthony’s talents. Heck is it any wonder ‘Get Up’ probably stands the test of time with fans better than many of ‘5150’s much bigger hits? We don't think so: credit the quiet guy standing stage right and going about his musical business.

    Listen to ‘Get Up’



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    ‘Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love’

    From ‘Van Halen’ (1978)

    Of all the Van Halen songs capped with powerful chorused vocals, perhaps none allowed Michael Anthony to really belt it out on stage (virtually) every night quite like perennial fan favorite ‘Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love.’ Which is why we can say with no disrespect to the one and only DLR, that without Michael's vocal chords acting as a safety net to catch his falls, the Diamond One may well have been caught, on may occasions, with his pants down (and not in the way he LIKES).

    Listen to ‘Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love’


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    ‘Girl Gone Bad’

    From ‘1984’ (1984)

    Here’s another great showcase of Michael Anthony’s dual talents in support of a criminally overlooked late-LP nugget from ‘1984.' First there are those gloriously open-throated backing vox, but note, too, how Michael’s rhythmic punctuations perfectly mold themselves around Ed’s acrobatic guitar work throughout the song -- then swoop under his legs and almost steal the show with a frantic tattoo behind his solo circa 2:40.

    Listen to ‘Girl Gone Bad’


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    ‘Runnin’ with the Devil’

    From ‘Van Halen’ (1978)

    There really was no clearer choice for our list of the Top 10 Van Halen Songs Michael Anthony than his all-time classic, which, as alluded to earlier on, prefaced the very first widespread sighting (or hearing, as it were) of the band – not with guitars – but with Anthony’s pulsing, earth-rumbling bass. All of which just lends further weight to our belief that Michael Anthony will always represent the deep, resounding and reliably beating heart of Van Halen.

    Listen to ‘Runnin’ with the Devil’
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    Listening to the isolated bass on RWTD really underlines Mikes mastery of the insturment. A masterclass.

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    So what is the ranking on? The best combination of vox and bass playing?
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    I was wondering the same thing.


    The Seventh Seal sure comes to mind if we're talking playing.
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    I'm The One has some cool playing.
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    I disagree with a lot on this list.

    Probably my favorite playing of his is the outro to Beautiful Girls where he is doing the walking bass.

    Running with the Devil is his signature but that is like saying Aint Talking Bout Love is Eddie's finest guitar playing. it's so simple everybody who has picked up a guitar can play that song outside of Slash. Same with RWTD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    So what is the ranking on? The best combination of vox and bass playing?
    Seems to be.

    I think they're just trying to give a little love to Mike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ziggysmalls View Post
    I disagree with a lot on this list.
    That's how I am with most list like these. I think they had one last year on this site where they ranked Top 10 VH songs and most of those we're far from being my favorites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    I'm The One has some cool playing.
    I think the first 3 albums had some of Mike's best playing. After that they really seemed to bury him in the mix.
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    With some limited exceptions, I think Mike's bass playing became little more than eighth note thumping after WACF. Not his fault, that is what Ed wanted, but to my ears he was allowed to have a more defined part instead of just keeping the beat earlier in their catalog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ignorance_is_bliss View Post
    Listening to the isolated bass on RWTD really underlines Mikes mastery of the insturment. A masterclass.

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    You are obviously entitled to your opinion, but as a bass player myself (admittedly a hack), that is maybe one of the easiest songs to play in the VH catalog on bass. It's mostly open E and open A, you almost don't need a fretting hand to play the darn thing. There are ninety bars to RWTD, and fifty six of them are open E eighth notes.

    There is a short little run of sixteenth notes in which you need to have some speed developed in your plucking hand, but the vast majority of that run you can play open and not worry about fretting.

    Maybe this is why you can always see Mike pumping his left fist when they play RWTD live!

    Not trying to pick a web forum fight with you (or Mike for that matter, think he is great), just trying to politely disagree. The bass line is prominent in the song, but in my opinion he has much better songs that display his bass talents, mostly on the cover songs unfortunately.
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    I thought some dude named "Wolfgang" was the bass player for Van Halen?
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    just about anything on VH II showcsases Mikey's abilities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    You are obviously entitled to your opinion, but as a bass player myself (admittedly a hack), that is maybe one of the easiest songs to play in the VH catalog on bass. It's mostly open E and open A, you almost don't need a fretting hand to play the darn thing. There are ninety bars to RWTD, and fifty six of them are open E eighth notes.

    There is a short little run of sixteenth notes in which you need to have some speed developed in your plucking hand, but the vast majority of that run you can play open and not worry about fretting.

    Maybe this is why you can always see Mike pumping his left fist when they play RWTD live!

    Not trying to pick a web forum fight with you (or Mike for that matter, think he is great), just trying to politely disagree. The bass line is prominent in the song, but in my opinion he has much better songs that display his bass talents, mostly on the cover songs unfortunately.
    Knowing Igs like I think I do, I'm pretty sure he was being sarcastic in a cheeky way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    Knowing Igs like I think I do, I'm pretty sure he was being sarcastic in a cheeky way.
    Ahh, as a smart ass myself, I should have caught that.
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