I've been thinking about Van Halen a lot lately for some weird reason. I took a look back and made notes about my personal favorites, likes and dis-likes over the years. Feel free to try and correct me, or add your opinions if you think it's going to do any good... Van Halen 1. Runnin' With The Devil 2. Eruption 3. You Really Got Me 4. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love 5. I'm The One 6. Jamie's Cryin' 7. Atomic Punk 8. Feel Your Love Tonight 9. Little Dreamer 10. Ice Cream Man 11. On Fire Well gee, if the original debut VH was the ONLY album they ever did, I'd die happy because every song on it was just KILLER! The guitar tone was something not heard before .... amazing tone, not that overdriven but sustain that lasted long after the album turned itself off and you passed out. Van Halen II 1. You're No Good 2. Dance The Night Away 3. Somebody Get Me A Doctor 4. Bottom's Up 5. Outta Love Again 6. Light Up The Sky 7. Spanish Fly 8. D.O.A. 9. Women In Love 10. Beautiful Girls Another Fantastic album. Mind boggling actually in how good these guys could play. I think any other band that was on tour with them were starting to get pissed off because VH was absolutely stealing the show .... a hard act to follow. The only weird thing is the solo on Bottoms Up .... it sounded like someone threw a blanket over the cab or something ... the rest of the record sounded great! Women and children First 1. And The Cradle Will Rock 2. Everybody Wants Some 3. Fools 4. Romeo Delight 5. Tora Tora 6. Loss Of Control 7. Take Your Whiskey Home 8. Could This Be Magic 9. In A Simple Rhyme I suppose after VH and VHII, you've got to change it up a bit and try something else. I thought tracks 1,2,4,6,7 and 9 were the best off this album .... the rest was kind of weird, but interesting. Fair Warning 1. Mean Street 2. Dirty Movies 3. Sinner's Swing 4. Hear About It Later 5. Unchained 6. Push Comes To Shove 7. So This Is Love 8. Sunday Afternoon In The Park 9. One Foot Out The Door This album is a bit over rated IMO. I mean, it has some of the best tunes so far starting with the KILLER Mean Street, and they were all original tunes. My favorite tracks are 1,3,4,5 and 7. So 5 great tunes off this album .... the rest .... meh. Diver Down This album is UNDER rated IMO, Everyone whines about this album but it was nearly as good as Fair Warning. 1. Where Have All The Good Times Gone 2. Hang 'Em High 3. Cathedral 4. Secrets 5. Intruder 6. (Oh) Pretty Woman 7. Dancing In The Street 8. Little Guitars (Intro) 9. Little Guitars 10. Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now) 11. The Full Bug 12. Happy Trails Best tracks were 1,2,3,4,8,9 and 11. Gee, that's 7 good tracks where as Fair Warning only had 5 good (although more potent) tracks. Weird! 1984 I loved this album. I even like Jump, so sue me. They were definitely growing and changing as a band, and that's usually a good thing. Really, there wasn't a single clunker on this album! 1. 1984 2. Jump 3. Panama 4. Top Jimmy 5. Drop Dead Legs 6. Hot For Teacher 7. I'll Wait 8. Girl Gone Bad 9. House Of Pain A Different Kind of Truth 1. Tattoo 2. She's The Woman 3. You and Your Blues 4. China Town 5. Blood and Fire 6. Bullethead 7. As Is 8. Honeybabysweetiedoll 9. Trouble with Never 10. Outta Space 11. Stay Frosty 12. Big River 13. Beats Workin Naturally this album was a surprise to most of us. I think most of the songs on it are good except the Stay Frosty clunker. Really, to me the best run of songs is Bullethead through Outta Space .... the album takes a break at Stay Frosty .... that's when you can get up and get another beer or take a bathroom break and then 12 and 13 are good. I kind of wish they would have left Big River as Big trouble… I mean, we were already used to Big Trouble After listening to the new album for 3 weeks straight and then looking at their old stuff again, I think VH and VHII, or the cherry picks from Fair Warning will never EVER be beat, but I am certainly digging hearing something new and on fire from the boys!