Van Halen

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Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985 the band comprised guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen and bassist Michael Anthony. This line-up was changed when David Lee Roth was replaced as vocalist by Sammy Hagar. Critics and fans alike consider their 1978 self-titled debut album Van Halen to be one of the most "original and revolutionary albums to change rock and roll."

The band went on to further success, and by the early 1980s they were one of the most successful rock acts of the time. 1984 was their most successful album. The lead single, "Jump", became an international hit and their only single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The following singles, "Panama" and "I'll Wait", both hit number 13 on the US charts. The album went on to sell over 12 million copies in the US alone. In 1985, the band replaced lead singer David Lee Roth with ex-Montrose lead vocalist Sammy Hagar. With Hagar, the group would release four US number-one albums over the course of 11 years. Hagar left the band in 1996 shortly before the release of the band's first greatest hits collection, Best Of, Volume I. Ex-Extreme frontman Gary Cherone was quickly recruited as lead singer to replace Hagar, and Van Halen III was released in 1998. Cherone left the band in frustration in 1999 after the tour due to the poor commercial performance of the album.

Van Halen went on hiatus until 2003 when they reunited with Hagar for a worldwide tour. The reunited band released a second greatest hits collection the following year, The Best of Both Worlds. Like Volume I before it, The Best of Both Worlds included material from both the Roth and Hagar eras but omitted any Cherone era tracks. The album featured three brand new tracks recorded by the reunited band, two of which were released as singles. Hagar again left Van Halen in 2005 and in 2006, Roth returned as lead vocalist for their highest-grossing tour, and one of the highest-grossing tours of that year. Anthony was not invited to participate in the tour and was essentially fired from the band, replaced by Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie's son. In 2012, the band released the commercially and critically successful, A Different Kind of Truth, with Roth as lead vocalist. According to the RIAA, Van Halen is the 19th-best-selling band/artist in United States history, selling 56 million albums in the U.S. and 96.5 million albums worldwide. They were also revealed at number 4 on the Billboard's top money makers list in 2013. Van Halen is one of only five rock bands that have had two studio albums sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S. Additionally, Van Halen charted the most number-one hits in the history of Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart.

Van Halen achieved worldwide fame for their many popular songs and larger-than-life stage performances; unfortunately, they also became known for the drama surrounding the departures of former members. Controversy surrounded the band following the exits of Roth, Hagar,and Anthony; this controversy often included numerous conflicting press statements between the former members and the band. In 2007, Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. VH1 ranked them 7th on their list of the top 100 hard rock artists of all time.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1978 Van Halen 4.5 9
1979 Van Halen II 4
1980 Women and Children First 5 8
1981 Fair Warning 5
1982 Diver Down 4 4
1983 1984 4.5 6
1986 5150 4 4
1988 OU812 3
1991 For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge 3
1995 Balance 3
1998 Van Halen III 3
2012 A Different Kind of Truth 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1996 Best Of, Volume 1 Compilation 3 7
2001 Van Halen Box 1986-1993 Compilation 1
2004 The Best of Both Worlds Compilation 3
2013 Studio Albums 1978-1984 Compilation 2

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1993 Live: Right Here, Right Now Live 2

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
1983 Jump 2
1989 Feels So Good 1
1991 Poundcake 1
1991 Top of the World 1
1995 Amsterdam 1
1995 Can't Stop Lovin' You 2
1995 Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do) 1
1995 Not Enough 1
2009 Jump / House of Pain [Digital 45] 1
2012 Tattoo 1

Single + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1993 Live: Jump Live 1

EP

Year Title Rating Releases
1997 Mini Best 1

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