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    OK, let's have some fun: Name your Top 10 VH songs with explanations...

    10. Stay Frosty - captures the essence of VH: smart ass lyrics; incredible lead playing; AVH's rapid fire shuffle playing. Amazed they didn't play it on the 2012-3 tour!

    9. When It's Love - full disclosure, I am both a guitarist and a keyboard player. I've always found this to me an amazingly beautiful melodic song. Yeah, so I like the ballads too...

    8. Beautiful Girls - love the lyrics to this one. Also love the interplay between guitar and drums. And the kiss at the end just seals it for me.

    7. You Really Got Me - if you can't tap your foot to this, check for a pulse. Just love the groove on this song. Hard for me to listen to the Kinks version... it just sucks in comparison.

    6. Dreams - another ballad that I love. Sammy just sings the hell out of this song. Great piano playing (I know it was on synth). Leads compliment the melodies perfectly. Killer song!

    5. Panama - I know, many will have this higher on this list. The lyrics are, for the most part, nonsensical - but who cares? It's freaking Panama-ah-oh-oh-oh-oh!

    4. Right Now - sure, because many songs start on the 2nd 16th note of the first beat. Right... Love the video, too. Great song that is even better live. Too bad their current singer couldn't sing it (and I'm more of a DLR guy)...

    3. Unchained - every time I play this riff, my blood gets going and my heart starts pumping. I love this song, flat out. C'mon, Dave, give us a break...

    2. Hot for Teacher - again, love the smart ass lyrics. The drums are incredible. Both solos rock. The snide comments. The video. Need any more?

    1. Jump - feel free to kill me on this, but this song made me a VH fan (hey, I was 15, OK?). And getting into Jump got me into 1984, which got me into the VH back catalog, which got me into rock/metal. I had just escaped disco, and this song pulled me out of the fire. I still play it live every show in my band. (Also do Unchained, Panama, YRGM, ATBL, and working on Summer Nights). Possibly my favorite song of all time.

    OK VH fans... now for your lists... (just trying to pass the time while waiting for an announcement)

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    10. Summer Nights: CVH type of song with a new singer.
    9. Stay Frosty: More current, somewhat more mature lyrics, "Ice Cream Man's" still likes to party dad.
    8. Ice Cream Man: A summertime song from a band that oozes a summer vibe.
    7. Mine All Mine: Just love this song.
    6. Dreams: Van Hagar era's signature song.
    5. Hot For Teacher: Staying power!
    4. ATBL/Panama: Tied mainly due to their continued yet over played by the die hard fans perspective but they are standing the test of time.
    3. Jump: Not their best song, but it turned a lot more people into VH fans. Perfect biggest hit song from last album before a new singer comes into the band. Good transitional song.
    2. RWTD: When it first came out it was a sound we had never heard before, still gets cranked to 11 when it comes on today.
    1. Unchained: It's their Holy Grail ( so far ).
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    10. Summer Nights - This song always gets me in a good mood.

    9. Finish What Ya Started - This is one of those songs that gets me moving and singing along. It stands our from the rest of OU812.

    8. Panama - My favorite song to play on guitar, that's why. lol

    7. And The Cradle Will Rock - "Have you seen juniors grades?" 'Nuff Said.

    6. Women In Love - The hidden gem on VHII. That intro tapping section is fantastic.

    5. Ice Cream Man - Great cover and Ed's solo is one of my favorites.

    4. Little Guitars - I'm bad at describing why I like songs. It's just a fun song.

    3. Beautiful Girls - Another upbeat fun summer song.

    2. So Is This Love? After seeing the Oakland videos it quickly became a favorite. So much energy and those background vocals!

    1. Hot For Teacher - It has everything a great VH song should. Thundering drums, blazing guitar solos, great lyrics, and a killer video to top it all off.

    I picked these as they came into my head. I could have looked at a song list to make sure but I am happy with my choices.
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    I'm a DLR guy, but a Sam song is the first one that pops into my head, I am just going to use that rationale, order they appear in my pea brain.

    1. 5150 - just a great song, period. Some will argue the lyrics are cliché, but that's ok if it is done well. And this is just a perfect hard rock song.
    2. Little Guitars - what made the original lineup great. Cool intro, great playing by Ed (of course), clever lyrics by DLR, and some harmony hooks. Perfection.
    3. ATCWR - first VH song I remember hearing, riding with my older brother in his old Chevelle. Ten years old and hooked for life.
    4. Feel Your Love Tonight - always dug this song as an under-appreciated gem. DLR and Mike's harmonies really shine here.
    5. Take Your Whiskey Home - love this song. The acoustic intro with DLR's little story telling, and then just the great freaking riff with a huge bottom end from Mike. Show's the expansion of their songwriting. Perfect pauses built into the song as well. And one of the greatest lines ever "some goes to women, ooh, some goes to Jesus, and I am absolutely certain both's awright, but it takes me at least out half way through the label, before I can even make it through the night " (paraphrased, forgive the errors!)
    6. Dirty Movies - love the bass intro with Ed's laid back noise effects and then he builds up the anticipation to a great opening riff with some primal yells by DLR and then a tale about a homecoming queen turned to porn star. Doesn't get much more rock and roll than that.
    7. Judgment Day - always loved this unapologetic ass kicker.
    8. Summer Nights - makes me think of the summer of 1986 and good times out drinking beer with friends and ladies after a baseball game. Great memories.
    9. Everybody Wants Some! - when hearing their rendition of this song on the 2008 tour, this is when I thought to myself for the first time "damn I'm glad he's back". No offense meant to Sam, but the DLR version is what I grew up with.
    10. Stay Frosty - I know, I know. I just dig it, I think DLR is off the hook creative with his lyrics and vocals, and when you throw in a great boogie and TWO Eddie Van Halen solos, what's not to love?
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    I can do a top 10, but the order fluctuates so much that I could never put them in order.

    So, in no particular order:


    You Really Got Me - I hardly even consider it a cover. After hearing VH's version, the Kinks' original just had no balls.

    Everybody Wants Some - How can you not love this song?

    Romeo Delight - Pure Power! WACF is VH's most underrated album IMO.

    Panama - VH was my favorite band as a kid, and then I ended up living in Panama for 2 years after high school. Fate? Maybe, maybe not. But either way but it gave the song a very personal meaning for me (even if it was about a car and not the country).

    Best of Both Worlds - My Favorite Sammy era song. I actually came into VH around 1991, so I had no preconceived notions that I was supposed to hate Sammy, which I'm actually happy about since I can now appreciate Van Hagar as much as the Dave era without any resentment. I simply love this song!

    Mine All Mine - People say Sammy's lyrics suck. This song is always my Exhibit A of why that isn't true.

    Runaround - I first saw VH in 1993 in Park City Utah on the RHRN tour. I have been to hundreds of concerts in my life, but this one still ranks at #1 as the funnest, best show I have EVER seen. I was 4th row, it was outdoors, the crowd was nuts, and the band was still getting along and obviously enjoying themselves. When they played this song, I stood up on my chair and looked back behind me at the crowd. It was surreal to see 14,000 fans (including a lot of very hot chicks) with their shirts off twirling them above their heads in rhythm with the chorus. Ever since, anytime I hear this song, I'm instantly transported back to that moment.

    Top of the World - There is absolutely nothing I do not love about this song. Pure fun, happy, joy joy.

    Crossing Over - This song is always my Exhibit B of why the Sammy era did not suck. It was different than CVH, of course, but this song proves (to me at least) that it absolutely 100% did NOT suck. Whitesnake, Kiss, Warrant --- those bands suck. Van Hagar was not those.

    China Town - No matter how ticked I am, no matter how bad my mood is, if I listen to this song, it instantly sets me straight and all is right with the world again. Such a fun song!


    Honorable Mentions: Feel Your Love Tonight, Women in Love, The Full Bug, Jump, Hot for Teacher, Drop Dead Legs, Girl Gone Bad, Dreams, 5150, Feels So Good, In 'n' Out, Right Now, Don't Tell Me, Take Me Back, Humans Being, Can't Get This Stuff No More, That's Why I Love You, As is, Honeybabysweetiedoll, Stay Frosty
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    Man this is like ranking which Kate Upton boob I like best

    I can't rank and it will be how I feel today. Not for all time because frankly I am sick of some classic songs that were my favorites

    As Is
    The only thing I don't like is the weak sauce guitar solo. However just get a chubby when he drops down to low A/ Its like the the bottom of the world drops

    Summer Nights
    Just a great song which takes me back to being a kid. Love the outro chorus

    I'm the One
    Great guitar work. More impressive to me than Eruption

    Dance the Night Away
    Best pop song they ever did.

    Girl Gone Bad
    Best ending of any VH song. Drums and guitar drive this the Blues Brothers being chased by cops

    Me Wise Magic
    Outro is incredible with a proper use of the sustainer. What could have been

    Unchained
    Best riff of all time

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    2nd heaviest VH song. Loved how they would open with it and the band was a coke high. So much energy

    When Its Love
    Really don't like the song. Just love the intro and the outro. The ending chorus gives me chills. Raises the fur

    The Full Bug
    Most underrated VH song ever. Love the tone in the breakdown

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziggysmalls View Post
    Man this is like ranking which Kate Upton boob I like best
    Now, that is a hard coice!
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    I'd go with her left boob since I like to sleep on that side of the bed and it's closer.
    'Old Van Halen, when I was in it-classic Van Halen-makes you wanna drink, dance and screw, right? And the new Van Halen encourages you to drink milk, drive a Nissan and have a relationship.' - David Lee Roth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dhull515 View Post
    Now, that is a hard coice!
    Pun intended?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Panama View Post
    Pun intended?
    I thought about making that word bold when I posted that. Pun intended.
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    Wow...this hard to do....theres always another song popping in my head....ok, subject to change....


    10.Feelin/Take me Back/Dont tell me/Right Now/Runaround/Women in love/DOA , and about 10 other songs that are screaming at me ....yeesh!

    9.Finish what you started... Van Halen showing their amazing versatility , another classic

    8.Push comes to shove.....what can I say.....really love this whole album...

    7. Secrets ....very smooth, nice groove....

    6. Little Dreamer...love the feel of this classic...

    5.5150 Its been said that this is Ed's Crossroads...never gets old....

    4.Summer Nights.....85 and 86 were two of the best years of my life....and the 5150 Album was an anthem of those times

    3. Tie Spanish Fly/Eruption Love both these instrumentals.....Ed owned the Guitar universe

    2.Light up the Sky....Love the hard rocking progression of this song, and the drum solo toward the end....classic.

    1. Tie ....Outta Love again/ Not Enough Love both these tunes for a lot of reasons...most that come back To Ed...Outta love , love the intro....all the effects, and then the guitar playing is stellar....Not Enough....One of Sams best Lyrics and the guitar solo, IMO , highly underrated and maybe one of his best ever.

    I really loved Both the Sam and Dave Eras of VH ....and a few of the songs on VHIII are ok....I think III would have been better if they werent trying to make Cherone into Sammy...That just wasnt his wheelhouse.
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    10. BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

    Such a great riff and thump, and definitely their biggest hard rock song from that era for a reason. It's so hard not to do the 5150 dance when you hear that riff. The chorus is among their best. Love the title and lyrical theme, too. One of EVH's best solos I might add.

    9. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!

    Also one of their best choruses. The jungle drums intro, the screaming verses, the "stockings" line (my second biggest fetish), and the kick-ass riff make it one of my all-time faves. Should have definitely been on BOVI over ATCWR.

    8. HOT FOR TEACHER

    Like someone said earlier, it has everything VH is great at: great riff (one of his best), tapping, humorous and clever Roth lyrics, several Roth screams, amazing background vocals (during the bridge, probably their best), obviously great drumming (probably his best example), great solo (one of his best), sex appeal, and the party vibe. One could argue it is the best representation of Van Halen.

    7. PANAMA

    Another great riff with a great thump. Among their best kick-ins with the "Uh!" Was my favorite VH song before I became a fan. Another example of the epitomizing Van Halen (sex, cars, partying), although short on tapping and background vocals.

    6. RIGHT NOW

    What a powerful song. There couldn't possibly be a better song about "the world." The piano intro and riff are genius, great lyrics, arguably the most anthemic chorus since the beginning of music, and powerful guitar solo that fits so well with the song. It's their biggest song from that era for a reason.

    5. UNCHAINED

    Practically everyone's favorite for a reason (sorry to keep saying "for a reason"). Probably their best riff, probably Ed's best tone, probably their best vocal bridge, awesome song title, and awesome chorus.

    4. TOP OF THE WORLD

    Someone above described it very well. I'd like to add to that by mentioning what Sammy said before the opening riff during the encore at a lot of shows from the '91-'92 tour: "When you sing along to this chorus it'll make you feel so fuckin' good you can't stand it!" Such a happy, happy song. Probably my wife's favorite VH song because of that. So simple yet so brilliant. Amazing riff, plus possibly my favorite guitar solo as well, from the "ooh-ooh" to Alex's drumming midway through it, to the tempo change towards the end.

    3. JUMP

    It's their biggest song for a reason. And yes, as you can tell, I like the uplifting songs. Not going to defend this one.

    2. BLOOD AND FIRE

    When I first heard the first verse of this song when it leaked in early 2012, I laughed I was so happy. I remember thinking it sounded like an even-better "Just Like Paradise," then the powerful chorus, and the best solo on the album. It almost like takes you on a journey, that solo. Especially the end (I love when the band kicks in at the end of his solos, like "Feelin'," for another example). And forgive me for using this cliche and severely-overly used term, but it is "epic." Although after listening to it probably over 500,000 times already, I'll probably be bumping it back one and putting "Jump" into the runner-up spot where it has been for most of my fandom.

    1. DREAMS

    Best fucking song of all-time. Speaking of feeling good, I could be getting eaten alive by a pit bull and if this song was playing somewhere in the background...it wouldn't be too bad. Perfect as humanly possible pop rock song. Sammy's best vocals, best chorus, awesome keyboards, awesome guitar fills, some of Eddie's best solos, awesome drumming--could use more Mikey though. This song makes me cry like a little girl, especially if I'm drinking. Also like to add when we went to Cabo for our honeymoon, my wife booked us at the "Dreams" hotel...a couple doors down from Sammy's beach mansion. How fucking weird!

    No VH1 songs strangely and no deep cuts or rarities outside of BAF, but hey, none of the deep cuts are in my Top 10. My favorite from each era would be "Drop Dead Legs" and "'5150,'" and those would definitely be in my next 10, along with some VH1 songs starting with ATBL. In terms of the next 10 or Top 25 altogether, I would have more ADKOT: "Stay Frosty," "Tattoo," and "She's the Woman" would probably make the cut. As would some Sammy Era love songs.

    Also, for the record, my #11 is "Without You."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Panama View Post
    Runaround - I first saw VH in 1993 in Park City Utah on the RHRN tour. I have been to hundreds of concerts in my life, but this one still ranks at #1 as the funnest, best show I have EVER seen. I was 4th row, it was outdoors, the crowd was nuts, and the band was still getting along and obviously enjoying themselves. When they played this song, I stood up on my chair and looked back behind me at the crowd. It was surreal to see 14,000 fans (including a lot of very hot chicks) with their shirts off twirling them above their heads in rhythm with the chorus. Ever since, anytime I hear this song, I'm instantly transported back to that moment.
    Same experience for me--first VH show, 1993, but in Pittsburgh, and every time I hear that song to this day I think of that, too.
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    1. Hear about it later
    2. Unchained
    3. Romeo Delight
    4. Little Guitars
    5. Bottom's up!
    6. Women in love
    7. In a simple rhyme
    8. Fools
    9. Light up the sky
    10. I'll wait/ Girl gone bad

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    Ha! The impossible task! A list where missing the cut is not an insult in the slightest. Why not...


    10-Ain't Talking Bout Love: One of the meanest opening riffs ever written. Proof that you can make magic with two chords.

    10a-Beautiful Girls: That guitar riff is so unique that it should be impossible to sing to. But Dave somehow came up with the perfect melody line. Eddie sounds like he can barely contain his excitement as he constantly adds offbeat fills from nowhere. This song personifies "summer" to me more than any other song ever.

    9-Little Dreamer: Maybe a more conventional chord progression, but Eddie makes it sound unique. Dave proves he can indeed sing beautifully in a way that is very hard to duplicate. I love how the solo inches very close to "over-playing" but soars in a way that makes the hair stand up on my arms.

    8-Women in Love: The unique mind of Eddie Van Halen creates magic again with that intro. I've started the song over many times just to hear it again. Once the song starts the band dials it down and back up again several times as Dave's almost achingly soulful melody drives the bus. That riff Eddie plays to take us into the chorus is repeated throughout and has a kind of quiet power that moves me.

    7-Ice Cream Man: Just the band doing what they want in a way no one else can. Dave sings like an old blues singer and brings in the band to put the exclamation mark on things. Maybe Eddie's most epic solo.

    6-Feel Your Love Tonight: Love that riff! Eddie and Dave again team up with two chords for the catchy verse. They tease with the chorus one time before hitting you with it full force the second time. That chorus chord progression over that melody is special....weird mix of metal power with a r&b vocal. The harmonies jump in to answer Dave with a "row row row your boat" thing. Love the sound of Dave's voice here too...again...great singing.

    5-Somebody Get Me a Doctor: High spirited aggression at its finest. One of my favorite Eddie riffs. The low E-string chunking during the verses is kinda brutal too. That breakdown riff before the solo melts my brain. So ridiculously creative! More "metal" than some heavy bands ever manage to be. Even the "applause" fits perfect. Sounds like they just hit "record" and let it fly! (Probably exactly what happened) There is also something about how Eddie seems to slow down a bit exiting the solo and Alex slows down with him. I swear it sounds like they made that up on the spot.

    4-Mean Street: Best opening ever? Maybe. Eddie once again did something no one else would have ever thought of doing...because he's an alien or something. It was a great time to buy a used guitar as countless guitar players decided to give up the instrument upon hearing it. Follow that with my favorite ever example of feedback on a record...right into another riff that sounds cool the instant you hear it....and of course every guitar player wishes he would have written it. "Why didn't I think of that??" Somehow Dave once again thinks of the perfect melody to sing over that riff and the song just sucks you in on a comfortable ride. This should have been a hit song.

    3-I'm the One: We need the full video of this being performed live. This song sums up what live Van Halen was. Fun, aggressive, confident, cocky, exuberant, and funny. Eddie scares mortal guitar players out of their wits as Dave assures everyone that they do indeed love the band. They stop to do a little barbershop singing...because they can. What're you gonna do about it?

    2-Take Your Whiskey: Dave and Eddie bring us in with humor. Eddie's little riffs in that intro are awesome! If Spanish Fly didn't convince you, the magic is in his hands, not the amp. And then...that monster main riff kicks in and I've just got to pump my fist! Holy shit!

    1-Dance the Night Away: I think this song is perfect. Every single facet of it could not be better imo. Alex plays so many interesting little fills and never over-plays or intrudes. Dave came up with such a great melody and it is a great example to refute any claim that he "isn't a good singer". Try singing it yourself and you'll see. I perform with this guy who is truly talented...he can nail Prince. ...But he struggles with DTNA and shakes his head about it. "I can't get it right!" Mike and Eddie's backup vox are just gorgeous and powerful. And that guitar riff....I just love it. It swings, it grooves. And such a unique idea for a "solo"! Perfection! It's happy and makes me feel life.
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