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"Why Can't This Be Love"
Single by Van Halen
from the album 5150
B-side Get Up
Released March 1986
Format 7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl
Recorded 1985
Genre Hard rock
Length 3:47
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen
Producer Mick Jones, Donn Landee, Eddie Van Halen, Van Halen
Van Halen singles chronology
"Summer Nights"
(1986)
"Why Can't This Be Love"
(1986)
"When It's Love"
(1988)
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"Why Can't This Be Love" is a single by Van Halen, off the album 5150, the band's first with lead singer Sammy Hagar, who had replaced founding member David Lee Roth in late 1985. It was the initial single from that album, released in March of 1986. The song, driven by bouncy lead keyboard work from Eddie Van Halen, rose to number 3 on the Billboard singles chart, and helped 5150 to reach the number one slot on the album chart, a first for the band. During the 5150 and OU812 tours, Eddie Van Halen played the keyboard parts while Hagar played the guitar parts and the solo. Since the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge tour, Van Halen has taken over the guitar parts and the keyboards are played backstage. Starting during the 1995 "Balance" tour, Michael Anthony and Eddie Van Halen would sing the second verse of the song during live performances. They would continue to do this on both the 1998 and 2004 tours.

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