Poll Names Top Ten Van Halen Songs [VIDEO]
“Why Can’t This be Love“, off 5150 is my personal all time favorite.
And yes, I’m more a fan of the Hagar era than the reign of Diamond Dave.
I didn’t even hate Gary Cherone.
Fresh off an electrifying performance at the Grammy nominations where they reunited with bassist Michael Anthony and performed two new mind-blowing songs off their upcoming new album and followed up by announcing a full scale North American tour (well, not exactly but admit it, you were watching, and waiting) Rolling Stone hosted a poll asking readers to submit their ten favorite Van Halen songs.
Not surprisingly, 80% voted for tunes from the David Lee Roth stretch with the remaining twenty going for Sammy.
My boy Gary was shut out altogether.
“Unchained“, off ’81’s Fair Warning, comes in at #1.
Rolling Stone said about the track, “It’s not quite as famous as ‘Jump‘ or ‘Hot for Teacher,’ but ‘Unchained’ has frequently been voted the favorite song of Van Halen fans. During the interlude, producer Ted Templeman breaks in and says ‘Come on, Dave, gimme a break!’ Dave responds with, ‘One break, coming up!’ According to legend, Ted felt that Dave was being too over the top and he scolded him. The band liked the moment and kept it in. Recent evidence suggests that the bit was rehearsed, but it’s hard to say for sure. Like most things in the Van Halen world, there are two competing narratives of one event.”
The full list is as follows:
3. “Hot For Teacher”
4. “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”
6. “Runnin’ With The Devil”
7. “Mean Street”
9. “Right Now”
Incidentally, a report on Rolling Stone’s website says it was supposed to be the Beach Boys – and not VH – that were supposed to hold a reunion at the Grammy announcements.