The ultimate Van Halen mixtape

The challenge: one song from each Van Halen record…no more, no less. Yes, it includes the Hagar years, and yes, it includes the Cherone album. When you get to the compilations, you have to pick one of the new recordings, not one of the “greatest hits.” What songs do you pick? This is, of course, 100% subjective to the whims of the one making the list. Here’s my Van Halen mixtape:

  • Van Halen: “Atomic Punk”
  • Van Halen II: “Somebody Get Me A Doctor”
  • Women And Children First: “And The Cradle Will Rock…”
  • Fair Warning: “Unchained”
  • Diver Down: “(Oh) Pretty Woman”
  • 1984: “Hot For Teacher”
  • 5150: “Best Of Both Worlds”
  • OU812: “Finish What Ya Started”
  • For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge: “Poundcake”
  • Live: Right Here, Right Now: “Won’t Get Fooled Again”
  • Balance: “Feelin'”
  • Best of Volume I: “Me Wise Magic”
  • Van Halen III: “One I Want”
  • The Best Of Both Worlds: “Learning To See”
  • A Different Kind Of Truth: “Blood And Fire”

Twelve studio albums (seven with Roth, four with Hagar, one with Cherone), two “hits” compilations, and a live record (with Hagar)…fifteen songs total. You could throw on some bonus tracks, such as:

  • “Humans Being” or “Respect The Wind” (both compositions for the movie Twister)
  • “Babe Don’t Leave Me Alone” (from the unreleased Zero demos)
  • A Balance-era B-side called “Crossing Over”
  • Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” in which Eddie provides the solo
  • Eddie’s “Rise” or “Catherine” (instrumental recordings that appeared in an erotic film)
  • Tracks from Eddie’s collaboration with Queen’s Brian May called Star Fleet Project
  • Black Sabbath’s “Evil Eye” from Cross Purposes, co-written by an uncredited Eddie; according to Tony Martin, Eddie can also be heard as the first soloist (uncredited due to record label restrictions)

Perhaps instead of bonus tracks, there could be an entire bonus disc!

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Posted on February 15, 2012, in music and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Forgot Eddie’s solo in Back to the Future.

  2. This was a cool little exercise. Here’s my mix:

    Van Halen – Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love (sentimental fav, this was the first song I learned to play start to finish – even the solo – on guitar)
    VH II – Light Up the Sky
    Women & Children 1st – Everybody Wants Some!
    Fair Warning – Unchained
    Diver Down – Hang ‘Em High
    1984 – Girl Gone Bad
    5150 – 5150
    OU812 – Mine All Mine
    For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge – Right Now
    Live: Right Here, RIght Now – Spanked
    Balance – Don’t Tell Me
    Best of Vol 1 – Runnin’ With the Devil
    VH III – Fire in the Hole
    Best of Both Worlds – Beautiful Girls
    Different Kind of Truth – The Trouble With Never
    Misc Sources – Beat It (for the most memorable solo in POP music history)

    Also curious to read your thoughts on Different Kind of Truth. Its starting to grow on me, but I’m missing Michael Anthony’s backing vocals, and I think the only Roth album I could say it’s better than is Diver Down. Still, it’s Van Halen, with David Lee Roth, and I’m enjoying it for the most part.

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