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Van Halen
Studio album by Van Halen
Released February 10, 1978
Recorded September/October 1977
Genre Heavy metal
Hard rock
Length 35:13
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Ted Templeman
Professional reviews
Van Halen chronology
Van Halen
Van Halen II

Van Halen is the debut studio album by American heavy metal/hard rock band Van Halen, released in February 1978. Recorded in 1977, Van Halen sold over 10 million copies in the US alone, becoming one of the most successful debuts by a hard rock band. Along with 1984, it gives Van Halen two original albums with Diamond status in sales.

Eddie Van Halen set a new standard for guitar playing and spawned a generation of players utilizing his unique style and approach. The instrumental, "Eruption", showcased his mastery of tapping, the use of the right hand to activate and fret notes along with the left. The sheer blazing delivery and solid composition shocked the guitar world and instantly set him apart as one of rock's premier guitar virtuosos.

The album cover was shot at the Whisky a Go Go. The guitar pictured on the cover of the album is Edward Van Halen's famous Frankenstrat Guitar, made from a neck purchased from Boogie Bodies and a Stratocaster style body custom made by Wayne Charvel in California and assembled in Edward's parents' garage.[1]

In 2003, the album was ranked number 415 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[2]


Track listing

All songs by Van Halen, except where noted.

  1. "Runnin' with the Devil" – 3:34
  2. "Eruption" – 1:42
  3. "You Really Got Me" (Ray Davies) – 2:38
  4. "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love" – 3:49
  5. "I'm the One" – 3:46
  6. "Jamie's Cryin'" – 3:29
  7. "Atomic Punk" – 3:03
  8. "Feel Your Love Tonight" – 3:42
  9. "Little Dreamer" – 3:23
  10. "Ice Cream Man" (John Brim) – 3:19
  11. "On Fire" – 2:57


  • Producer: Ted Templeman
  • Engineers: Donn Landee, Peggy McCreary, Kent Nebergall, Logan Jervis
  • Project coordinator: Jo Motta
  • Art direction: Dave Bhang
  • Design: Dave Bhang
  • Photography: Elliot Gilbert
  • Typesetting: Jodi Cohen



Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1978 Pop Albums 19
1984 The Billboard 200 117


Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1978 "You Really Got Me" Pop Singles 36
1978 "Runnin' with the Devil" Pop Singles 84
1978 "Jamie's Cryin'"
1978 "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love"

RIAA Certification

  • Gold: May 24, 1978
  • Platinum: October 10, 1978
  • Multi-Platinum:
    • October 22, 1984 (5x)
    • February 1, 1989 (6x)
    • September 29, 1993 (7x)
    • July 11, 1994 (8x)
  • Diamond: August 7, 1996

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ "#415 Van Halen" Rolling Stone. 1 November 2003. Retrieved 2 December 2009.

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