Van Halen's 10 Biggest Hits of All Time

Roth and Hagar share bragging rights

February 6, 2020

From the moment fans became mesmerized by Eddie Van Halen’s lightning fast licks, which were highlighted by the two-handed tapping technique he mastered, Van Halen was destined to become one of the all-time greats. Add in a charismatic showman of a singer in David Lee Roth, and the airtight rhythm section of Alex Van Halen on drums and Michael Anthony on bass, and the formula for rock and roll success was all there.

Van Halen then went out and proved their mettle in the clubs of L.A. before releasing their self-titled 1978 debut. Van Halen is widely considered to be one of the best hard rock introductions ever thanks to songs like “Runnin’ with the Devil,” “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘bout Love” and “Eruption.” And that was just side one.

Van Halen went on to place 23 songs on the all-genre Billboard 100 during their career, including 3 top 10s and 1 #1. Even when Roth was replaced halfway through the ‘80s with Sammy Hagar, the band kept chugging along. And the Roth vs. Hagar debate won’t be settled with this metric; each capable singer is responsible for half of VH’s all-time top 10s.

Let’s take a look back at the 10 biggest hits of Van Halen’s career via the Billboard 100.