50 Years, 50 Albums 1984: Van Halen ‘1984’

50 Years, 50 Albums 1984: Van Halen ‘1984’

It’s no surprise that Van Halen’s 1984 album came in with the most votes. The Car’s Heartbeat City was a huge album for the band with five singles released from 1984 to 1985 and Bruce’s Born in the U.S.A., cited by rock critics as one of the greatest albums of all time. But it was the 6th album for Van Halen that got the majority of the votes. This album, along with their debut, are their most commercially successful albums, selling 10 million copies…each! By 1984 Van Halen had over five videos on MTV, were headlining most of the major music festivals, and becoming a major stadium band.┬áIt’s also the last album with the original line up – David Lee Roth left the band in 1985 (returned in 2012); Michael Anthony was replaced by Wolfgang Van Halen in 2006. Both songs and their videos have become classics, watch “Hot for Teacher”, “Jump” or “Panama” sometime and you’ll see a band at the top of their career which continued until we lost Eddie.

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