20 Best Van Halen Songs

By Nico Gonzalez

Few bands have had the kind of lasting impact on rock music as Van Halen. For over four decades, they have been cranking out some of the most iconic songs in history. Here are twenty of their best tracks, sure to get your head banging and your feet tapping!


Donut City – Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen - Donut City

Donut City is one of the most popular songs by Van Halen. It was released in the year 1978 and it became an instant hit. The song is about a man who is driving through the city and he sees all of the lights and the action. Its lyrics are about trying to see what life is like in a city. The song was included on the album titled Women And Children First which was released in 1980.

Won’t Get Fooled Again – Van Halen

VAN HALEN / Won't Get Fooled Again(5150 studio ver.)

One of the most iconic songs in Van Halen’s history is “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” Released as a single in 1981, the song was featured on their album “Diver Down.” The song reached number nineteen on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has since been hailed as one of the band’s best songs. With its hard-rocking sound and lyrics about not getting fooled again, “Won’t Get Fooled Again” is a fan favorite and remains a staple of the band’s live performances.

Blues Breaker – Van Halen

Brian May and Eddie Van Halen BLUESBREAKER

The song “Blues Breaker” by Van Halen is one of their most iconic tracks. It’s a hard-hitting rock song that showcases their signature sound and style. With blistering guitar solos and an explosive energy, this song is sure to get your adrenaline pumping. If you’re looking for a taste of classic Van Halen, then be sure to check out “Blues Breaker.” Its lyrics are about being down at the bottom looking up. This song is about how it takes just a spark to get the fire going again. It’ll have you singing along by the chorus!

Put Out the Lights – Van Halen

Van Halen - Put Out the Lights

The song begins with a haunting, moody guitar riff backed by acoustic guitar. The lyrics are about the end of an era and the narrator’s realization that what once was will never be again. Its lyrics are about a love that is gone and the powerful feelings it evokes. Its lyrics are about an alienated youth who feels cheated by the world. This song is only available on some international versions of Van Halen’s first album, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the best songs they made.

Baluchitherium – Van Halen

How To Play "Baluchitherium" | Van Halen | Part 1

Baluchitherium is one of the best songs by Van Halen. The track is a hard rock classic, and it’s easy to see why it became so popular. With its driving beat and catchy lyrics, Baluchitherium is one song that you won’t be able to stop listening to. Its lyrics are about a prehistoric animal, which you can see in the lyric “A Baluchitherium was massive across its hips.”

Crossing Over – Van Halen

Van Halen - Crossing Over(with lyrics)

Crossing Over by Van Halen is one of the band’s most popular songs. This track was released on their album, “Van Halen III”. The song was written by Eddie Van Halen and is one of the band’s most popular tracks. Its lyrics are about his experience with crossing over to different planes of existence.

The song is one of the most popular songs by Van Halen, and has had more than 5 million views on You Tube . It is also regarded as one of their best songs ever. The track had an awesome guitar solo that rocked the world!

Atomic Punk – Van Halen

Atomic Punk (Lyrics) - Van Halen | Correct Lyrics

Atomic Punk is one of Van Halen’s most iconic tracks. It’s a fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping track that will get your heart racing. The song is about living life to the fullest and not letting anyone hold you back. If you’re looking for a song to get you pumped up, Atomic Punk is a perfect choice. Its lyrics are about taking the world by storm and not letting anyone get in your way.

Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now) – Van Halen

Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now) (2015 Remaster)

One of the lesser-known Van Halen tracks, “Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)” is a cover of a Louis Armstrong song. It’s a slow, soulful ballad that showcases the band’s softer side. While it’s not one of their most famous songs, it’s a hidden gem that’s definitely worth a listen. Its lyrics are about a prostitute named Bill, who falls in love with her last customer.

In a Simple Rhyme – Van Halen

In a Simple Rhyme (2015 Remaster)

In a Simple Rhyme is a fast-paced rock anthem that perfectly showcases the band’s unique sound and energy. The song was released as a single in 1981, and it quickly became a fan favorite. In a Simple Rhyme is a great example of why Van Halen is one of the most successful and influential rock bands of all time. Many songs by Van Halen are about women. For instance, you can listen to When It’s Love , Panama , and Hot for Teacher. These popular songs all deal with the subject of love, lust, romance, and relationships.

Drop Dead Legs – Van Halen

Drop Dead Legs (2015 Remaster)

Drop Dead Legs by Van Halen is hard-hitting, fast, and furious – everything you want in a rock song. As always, Eddie Van Halen’s guitar solo is legendary, and the rest of the band plays perfectly off of him. This is one track that will get your heart racing and your feet moving. Its lyrics are about having an unquenchable desire for someone.

Dirty Movies – Van Halen

Van Halen - Dirty Movies W/Lyrics

Dirty Movies is a hard rock song by the American band Van Halen. It was released in 1981 as the fourth and final single from their debut album, Van Halen. The song was written by Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, and Michael Anthony. “Dirty Movies” peaked at number sixty-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Its lyrics are about a man who has a wet dream and ends up on trial for public indecency.

5150 – Van Halen

5150 is the debut studio album by American hard rock band Van Halen, released on January 10, 1986. The album was produced by Ted Templeman and recorded at 5150 Studios, the band’s own studio. The album reached number one on the Billboard 200 chart and has been certified Diamond by the RIAA. Some people spent years trying to see if their band could live up to the success of this album.

House of Pain (‘Zero’ Version) – Van Halen

House of Pain (Lyrics) - Van Halen | Correct Lyrics

Van Halen is one of the most iconic and successful bands in rock history, and their song “House of Pain (‘Zero’ Version)” is a prime example of why. The track is a hard-hitting rock song that showcases the band’s signature sound and style. It’s a must-listen for any fan of Van Halen! Some people might be surprised that Van Halen didn’t release the song themselves. However, after seeing how great it is, they probably wish they had!

Somebody Get Me a Doctor – Van Halen

Somebody Get Me a Doctor was featured on their debut album and became an instant hit. The song is about a man who is in pain and needs help, and the lyrics are very powerful. The guitar solo in this song is also legendary, and it’s no wonder why this track is so popular. Its lyrics are about a man who is in dire need of help, and that is what makes it so powerful.

Secrets – Van Halen

Secrets (2015 Remaster)

It’s hard to believe that such a heavy, intense song was actually a chart-topping hit! But that just goes to show the power of Van Halen’s music. Secrets is one of their classic tracks, and it’s easy to see why it became so popular. The guitar riffs are unforgettable, and the song is packed with energy. If you want to hear some real rock ‘n’ roll, then you need to check out Secrets by Van Halen.

That’s Why I Love You – Van Halen

Van Halen - That's Why I Love You

That’s Why I Love You is one of the best Van Halen songs of all time. It’s a song about love and relationships, and it showcases the band’s incredible talent for writing powerful and emotional ballads. The song is written from the perspective of a man who is in love with someone who is “crazy”, and he loves her anyway. It’s a beautiful song that will touch your heart!

You and Your Blues – Van Halen

Van Halen - Song By Song "You And Your Blues"

You and Your Blues is one of the lesser-known tracks on Van Halen’s debut album, but it’s one of their most powerful songs. The lyrics are dark and introspective, and Eddie Van Halen’s guitar solo is absolutely blistering. If you want to hear some classic Van Halen guitar playing, You and Your Blues is definitely worth a listen. Many songs about Van Halen are about their sound, but this song is just as much about the members of the band themselves.

Could This Be Magic – Van Halen

Could This Be Magic? (2015 Remaster)

Could This Be Magic is one of the most underrated Van Halen songs. It’s a power ballad that shows off the band’s incredible vocal range. The song was written by David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen, and it’s a must-listen for any fan of the band. Many songs on this list are about sex, but Could This Be Magic is a different kind of love song.

Sinners Swing! – Van Halen

Sinner's Swing! (2015 Remaster)

Sinners Swing! is a great example of the Van Halen sound. It’s got a fast, hard-rocking tempo, and Eddie’s guitar solos are legendary. This song is one of the band’s earliest hits, and it’s still a fan favorite today. Its lyrics are about the rock-and-roll lifestyle. Some people may be surprised to learn that Van Halen wrote about this subject so early in their career.

Blood and Fire – Van Halen

Van Halen Blood and fire full song

One of the best songs about Van Halen is “Blood and Fire.” It’s one of their heavier songs, and it showcases their amazing talent as a band. The song is about the dangers of nuclear war, and it’s a powerful track that will leave you breathless. If you’re looking for a good example of why Van Halen is one of the best rock bands in history, then be sure to check out “Blood and Fire.” Its lyrics are about peace, and it will prove to you just how much talent this band has.