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1984

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1984

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1984
Album Summary

1984 (stylized in Roman numerals as MCMLXXXIV) is the sixth studio album by American rock band Van Halen, released on January 9, 1984. It was the last Van Halen studio album until A Different Kind of Truth (2012) to feature lead singer David Lee Roth, who left the band in 1985 following creative differences. This is the final full-length album to feature all four original members (Van Halen brothers, Roth, and Michael Anthony), although they reunited briefly in 2000 to start work on what would much later become 2012's A Different Kind of Truth. Roth returned in 2007, but Eddie's son Wolfgang replaced Anthony in 2006. 1984 and Van Halen's debut are Van Halen's bestselling albums, each having sold more than 10 million copies.1984 was well received by music critics. Rolling Stone ranked the album number 81 on its list of the 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s. It reached number two on the Billboard 200 album chart and remained there for five weeks, behind Michael Jackson's Thriller, on which guitarist Eddie Van Halen made a guest performance. 1984 produced four singles, including "Jump", Van Halen's only number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100; the top-20 hits "Panama" and "I'll Wait"; and the MTV favorite "Hot for Teacher". The album was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1999, signifying ten million shipped copies.

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3.51

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Genres

  • Hard Rock
  • Metal

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Wed Mar 31 2021
1

This may be my quickest review so far. Firstly, I pretty much detest all 80’s ’hair’ metal. Considering 95% of music this genre produced is nothing like metal it should instead be called ‘men in drag singing shitty lyrics’ rock n roll. Secondly, whenever I see track listings with song names like ‘Hot For Teacher’ and ‘Drop Dead Legs’ it literally induces vomit to rise into my mouth. Thirdly, this album includes both these descriptions and I hated every f@cking second of it. Well that’s not entirely true...’Jump’ is ok. I guess one out of nine ain't bad? There is sooooo much of this rinse and repeat crap rock music from this era I seriously do not see how anyone can distinguish between them. For example Poison, Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister, Motley Crüe, etc could all record this album and even die hard fans, I doubt, would know the difference. To summarise...this album and the genre it belongs too should be sealed in a large container and buried in a secret location...never to be found and/or opened again. 0 Stars!

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Sat Jul 03 2021
1

Hard to find an album that's more 80's white America than this, so if that's your thing you've lucked out with this one.

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Mon Mar 20 2023
2

I fell asleep during a Van Halen concert in 1994 or 1995. Got my 1st bj in the parking lot after the show though. So that was nice.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

It's the best showcase of Van Halen's instrumental prowess as a band, the best showcase for Diamond Dave's glorious shtick, the best showcase for their songwriting, just their flat-out best album overall.

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Thu Oct 15 2020
5

I really, really love this album. I always mowed to it but listening to it in this context really helped me to appreciate the musical brilliance that they brought to the table. Combining super heavy rock licks with the sort of new wave/synth pop sound feels really natural now but had to have been shocking when it came out. I really, really, like this album. RIP EVH.

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Sat Jun 26 2021
5

VH. Dang, I love these guys. One of the most fun, energetic, innovative pop/rock/metal-esque (kind of sort of, at times) bands I've heard. It's hard to pen any praise of EVH because anything I have to say feels too, I don't know, pedestrian and trite. I'm a bumbling beginner guitarist who high-fives himself when I remember how to play a major scale properly or plays through a medium-tempo 4-chord song with only a few slips, then I put on any song with EVH on guitar and I feel like I've been transported to another semi-comprehensible dimension inhabited by some form of demigods and demigoddesses whose very beings are entangled completely with the Music of the Spheres. And, honestly, sure, there are countless amazing guitarists in all eras, but it's Eddie's genuine joy he shares when playing that is the most infectious aspect of his musicianship to me. Play on, Eddie -- I know you always will! This album has some of Van Halen's most memorable songs, among many memorable songs across quite a nice catalog of albums. Great one to have on this list.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

Love, love, love this album. Hey PJ Harvey, this is how to make music that people want to hear.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
5

Okay, I actually... loved this?? Totally shocked me! But, there's just something about the fun excitement that some of these songs bring - like "Jump????" WOW! Makes me just wanna dance around. I never knew I was a Van Halen fan.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
5

I couldn't get the memory of dancing around to this in my living room when I was like five years old out of my head. Five stars.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
5

Panama is one of the greatest rock songs ever written. Diamond Dave is magnetic and magnificent. Eddie just fucking rips and his guitar makes me unbelievably happy.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
1

Eddie is a decent guitar player but no guitarist is good enough to carry these songs. Jump is OK but the rest of the songs define obtuse. (And no Less Nessman, I don't mean rounded at the end.) At least the last Van Halen album we were sent had two well written songs - being the two songs they covered.

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Wed May 12 2021
5

First track to last, this is a classic.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

It's a shredfest with synths. I don't listen to a lot of 80s rock but I can listen to this one anytime. After the spacey one minute intro the album doesn't let up until it's over. Lots of hits and even the non-hits are good. Favorite: Panama

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Wed Feb 08 2023
5

This is one of the greatest fucking albums of all time

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Sun Aug 29 2021
4

Van Halen est vraiment un groupe très sympa. J'ai d'ailleurs rencontré ses membres alors qu'ils cherchaient un sèche-cheveux dans les rayons de la fnac. Je me suis approché d'eux puis leur ai demandé "Vous cherchez un modèle en particulier ?" alors même que je n' étais pas employé par le magasin. Eddie Van Halen me fit un bras d'honneur et s'en alla faire la queue à l'une des caisses automatiques.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
1

This is such clichéd music. I tried to give it a fair shake but I had to fast forward through every single song. This review was done in about 9 minutes.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

I mean the big hits on this one are huge and the rest of the album hold up very well

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Sat Feb 27 2021
5

Enjoyed every minute of it. Wouldn't mind having it on repeat

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Thu Apr 07 2022
5

There was peak Van Halen, and there was everybody else. This album is a testament to that. Great from start to finish.

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Tue May 10 2022
5

One of my favourite albums by one of my favourite bands. I love it all from Jump to Top Jimmy to Drop Dead Legs and all places between!

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

It's an iconic album. I love Eddie's sound and style; he was one of my heroes. Panama was one of the first songs I learned playing the guitar, and I still enjoy playing it. 5 Stars for this album.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

This album is what Summer feels like. Everyday. Everywhere.

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Mon Jul 10 2023
5

I think every rock guitarist loves Eddie Van Halen and yet still I think he is underrated. In the lineage of greatest guitarists ever, EVH has a clear and definite spot on the list following Jimi Hendrix and he held that spot for atleast a decade (who came after him and who came before Jimi is up for debate). He had everything that a great rock guitarist would have- tasteful phrasing, tight rhythmic ability, attention-grabbing solos, etc. But he also had this other layer of virtuosity in him- immensely proficient technical playing, incredible amounts of creativity, tone for days and days and days, and a unique voice on the instrument that still has yet to be replicated. I was really really sad when he passed in 2020 as he influenced me so much when I was a young musician. I will always regret being an 18 or so year old and playing a Charvel EVH guitar at a small guitar shop in Teaneck New Jersey and not somehow finding the money to buy it. It was the best guitar I had ever played. I don't really play that many guitars besides my own and I've probably played objectively better ones since then but I still think about that one that got away. My brother always reminds me too as he was there as well :P The rest of the band was just a perfect mesh around him too. David Lee Roth was probably the EVH equivalent but on vocals, and the drums and bass were also incredible musicians (although not up to the level of EVH or David Lee Roth). This album is a great stack of compositions from the fellas. I think Van Halen self-titled is probably my favorite record of there's but this is probably firmly in second place. "Jump", "Panama", and "Hot For Teacher" are continuations of their amazing energy, technical abilities, composition chops, and simple ability to slap together some catchy tunes that ANYONE could listen to and enjoy. "Hot For Teacher" is my second favorite VH song I think. That intro guitar solo is so impressive. 3 Michelin star guitarring on that track. Plus the motorcycle kick drum beat? Come on. I would have loved to be alive for this record to come out and be a teenager and man I would eat this up. SO GOOD. Even the more in-between tracks are tight and have moment on top of moment of hidden amazing guitar parts or vocal sections. Like the guitar parts on "Top Jimmy" and the incredibly fluid playing at the end of "Drop Dead Legs".

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Wed Sep 13 2023
5

Could listen to Eddie's guitar work all day

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Fri Nov 03 2023
5

This album was my junior high school anthem.

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Tue Dec 19 2023
5

This was a junior high staple. VH defined the sounds of the 80s for me

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Thu Dec 21 2023
5

Great all-time classic album

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Tue May 04 2021
4

Great album. Maybe I'm just a sucker for 1980's rock. Contains such great hits as Jump, Panama, and Hot For Teacher.

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Sun Aug 29 2021
4

Cet album m'a renvoyé à l'un des jeux videos fétiches de ma jeunesse, Guitar Hero World Tour, où après avoir vaincu Ozzy Osbourne au terme d'un duel de solos endiablés dans un bar du Mississipi, j'affrontais l'equipe FUT de Eddie Van Halen, comprenant entre autres un Arjen Robben TOTW et un Christian Pander au pied d'argent.

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Fri May 03 2024
3

I wish I could experience the level of exuberance these songs express even one day in my life. To feel so alive, so cocky, vamping and strutting along, karate kicking the air in my animal print spandex, mugging for the camera. Alas, these emotions are apparently beyond my scope, so the effect of witnessing such a display, as someone who can't really relate, is like hearing a jubilant trumpet blasting its cheerful herald right into my face. This album is like aural cocaine. I'm trying not to be a hater, but to me this is the embodiment of Dad Rock, of the white American Boomer male. I can't shake the memories of my father listening to Van Halen when I was a kid; this was one of "his" bands. And I was happy to leave these bands to him in favor of my own bands, many of which he probably thought of as aural heroin. Much like my dad himself, I find this album full of energy and talent, fun, happy and arrogant, often veering into the obnoxious and exhausting. I'm too young to really view this in the context of its own time, although God knows I remember watching the videos for "Jump" and "Hot for Teacher" dozens of times on MTV as a kid (I can still hear David Lee Roth's voice: "Awww man, I think the clock is slowwww..."). No one can deny that Eddie was an amazing guitarist, and the obvious theskill of the band, especially musically, is the main redeeming factor for me. Although I find the artistry lacking in sensitivity and nuance, and the overall vibe a bit cheesy and try-hard, I have to question my own Gen x ethos and ask myself if trying hard is such a bad thing. Van Halen definitely tried hard to entertain us and push themselves to go bigger, faster, and louder...maybe even all the way to 11.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

A classic. What's not to like?

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Sat Jan 23 2021
5

Classic of an era!! it'd be 4,5.. but the good songs are just too good!!

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Sat Feb 27 2021
5

Kort en krachtig album! Favoriet nummer: 'Hot for Teacher'

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Sat Jun 05 2021
5

An amazing album - Van Halen at their top. It was despised by some people when it first came out, but with Sammy Hagar's entrance, the band grabbed the 80s sound by the horns and really combined their hard rock sound into it. They managed to walk a middle road where everyone could jam to it. There is a song for everyone on this album - not one bad song on it. There is a reason why it became classic rock as soon as it was released - they knew it would be seen as classic. 9/10

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Fri Jun 18 2021
5

A great album that showed Van Halen’s proficiency with the synth. R.I.P Eddie, lost a real O.G

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Sat Jun 26 2021
5

Probably my favorite hard rock album. Between Roth's vocals and Eddie's guitars and keyboard, there is an unmatched level of thrill and hysteria. It's loud and exciting, with each track showing off in some new impressive way. So many tracks I love. "Panama" is of course a masterpiece, but "Jump" and "Hot for the Teacher" are also classics that you can't just ignore if playing in the background of a bar. This is songwriting that grabs your attention.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
5

Wow, I think this is the first we've gotten from Van Halen, a band that I know extremely well. Alex and I listened to so much VH back in the day, we even made a movie pretending to be the band. Not sure why this band in particular connected with us so much...maybe it's their simplicity? There's not a whole lot of depth to their music, and I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. You know the lyrics on first listen thanks to David Lee Roth yelling and repeating them. The drumming and guitarwork is excellent, thanks to the undeniably talented brothers Eddie and Alex. The mere existence of Eddie Van Halen is an anomaly, especially for a band that frankly doesn't need unmatched, virtuosic solos abbreviating their stadium anthems. I'm not sure how many of these were chart-topping hits, but for me there's a run of six straight bangers--on an album with only 8 actual songs. That's absurd. The two biggest songs on here ("Jump" and "Panama") are two that I would rank lower than most people. Actually, I don't know if that's fair; maybe haters would hate those two the most. But what I mean is my nostalgia isn't impervious when it comes to those tracks, because while they are fun and exuberant they are simple to the point of feeling stupid. Looking through their discography, I think this is my second-favorite Van Halen album, behind their self-titled (which I do think is on the list too). It's not the most sophisticated album or band from this era, but there's a satisfying quality to their music nonetheless. For me, it's familiarity. This one's getting the nostalgia bump to a 5, though if I were to be more realistic and critical I'd give it a 4.5. Anything below that and I'd be lying to impress people. Favorite tracks: Top Jimmy, Hot for Teacher, I'll Wait, Jump, Drop Dead Legs, Panama. Album art: A baby with angel wings smoking a cigarette. Gotta be their most iconic, and their most interesting. I love this one so much. Look at the wee bastard. 5/5

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

Hell yeah, this is 80s rock. Love love David Lee Roth, the percussion, and those guitar riffs. One of the things I've had on my bucket list is to learn the drums on Hot for Teacher. The drums really get you going right from the start. Damn good stuff. 🤘

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Tue Jun 06 2023
5

Super fun listening to this one again. EVH is playing is in a league of its own. He can fit so much expression into these short guitar solos. I love the drums on this album too. Probably the best hard rock band of 80’s. Cool 80’s synths on Jump and I’ll Wait. Hot For Teacher is probably my favorite- I love the virtuosity of the playing paired with the sillyness of David Lee Roth. 5

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Tue Aug 01 2023
5

I think it would be prudent to lead off my review by mentioning that I love this album. It's one of my favorite albums of the eighties, and one of my favorite classic rock albums as well. I've actually been listening to it pretty frequently the last few weeks, and I was delighted that it came up for me today. I've loved Van Halen for good portion of my life. As a kid, their songs would play frequently on local classic rock stations, and in my latter teenage years and twenties, I would listen to their Best of Both Worlds compilation pretty frequently. I'd never listened to all of 1984 or any Van Halen album for that matter, until I got a copy of this on vinyl for Christmas one year. To me, this album is the perfect example of what it took for rock music to survive and reach a wide audience in the eighties. Having established themselves as a premiere hard rock act, Van Halen relied on synthesizers to evolve their sound, which probably led to their separation with David Lee Roth, ushering in the "Van Hagar" era, which picked up where 1984's sound left off. Frankly, I think this transition to more synth heavy music worked heavily in the band's favor. Their earlier catalog is still fantastic, but 1984 is just a different kind of fun, and reflective of what rock bands were doing in the eighties to stay relevant (like ZZ Top on Eliminator, which oddly enough, I was assigned just prior to 1984). The singles on this album are fantastic. They’re full of Eddie’s great guitar playing and synth lines, Alex’s fun drum fills, and Diamond Dave’s over the top vocals. I've loved "Jump" since I was a kid. I had a tough childhood, but music was something that could always make me happy. There's just something about the synthesizers in "Jump" that always made me extremely happy. It was always one of those songs that made me want to dance around. As an adult, I still love it. It's one of those songs never fails to get my blood pumping, and I always included it on my workout mixes. If it comes up when I'm driving, I'll always sing along to the words and the synthesizer notes too, all while doing my best to keep up with those fun drum fills on my steering wheel. “Panama” is fantastic too, and the actual sounds of engine revving during the bridge work really well. The synth parts on “I’ll Wait” go a bit darker than the ones on Jump, but they provide a nice contrast and show that the band was willing to committed to their changing sound. The drumming on “Hot for Teacher” is some of my favorite in all of classic rock, and the guitar licks are a perfect compliment. Granted, the songs about drooling over women haven’t aged particularly well, but they’re unfortunately pretty tame compared to what was coming as hair metal started to take off shortly after this album’s release (I’m looking at you, Warrant). I love this album, and I think it’s a perfect snapshot of eighties rock. It’s fun and it’s got great synthesizer and guitar parts. The only criticism I can level against 1984 is that only one of the nine tracks is “Jump.”

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Fri May 03 2024
5

This is a great album. I am very familiar with all the classic songs on it but never really gave the deep cuts much of a listen. This album really shows that for an 80s rock band Van Halen was trying to do something different and set themselves apart from other 80s rock bands. Giving it a serious listen, this album really shows the talent and musicianship of Michael Anthony and Alex Van Halen. Being a child in the 80s and remembering the music of the time, I have to say Van Halen were ahead of their time. I never realized how many different influences make their way into their music, but you can hear them on this album. Early Jazz, Hard Roc, Blues, Barbershop Quartet and even Big Band jazz and Yes type Prog Rock can be heard. I like all the time signature changes and cross rhythms that keep occuring. What's funny though is David Lee Roth's lyrical content against 3 seemingly well trained musical intellectuals. Dave has a good voice but his lyrical content brings a frat boy/ meat head feel to the music. It was the excessive 80s though.

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Tue May 07 2024
5

Van Halen are the prototype for a rock band. Ultra talented guitarist, singer with a wild personality, and solid rhythm and drums to go with it. This was their peak album with that lineup before things got crazy. I don't mind Hagar but it is definitely a tone shift between what DLR brought. Just over 30 minutes long, this album is a just a good, high energy, rock classic. Panama is one of the greatest cruising tunes, and over half the tracks are hits. Favorite track "Panama" 5/5

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Tue Feb 27 2024
4

4 I previously referred to Van Halen as cock rock on this very list and then went on to give their debut a 4, and I’m about to do the same thing now. For as cheesy as hair bands from this era are from a modern perspective, there’s no denying that Van Halen with David Lee Roth had guitar-driven rock and flamboyant frontman showmanship down to science, and while I really don’t think they had a bad release during his time with the band, it seems appropriate that the two albums that ended up being the group’s best and most defining were the ones that bookend his involvement with them. On paper, it really doesn’t seem that the album should work as well as it does given the creative power struggle behind the scenes between Eddie wanting to venture into new wave synthesizer-driven sounds and David wanting to stick to their hard rock roots, yet somehow, they were able to establish a perfect balance of the two (though it did lead to Roth’s eventual departure). For as big of a musical leap as it was for the group (avoiding the obvious pun there), Jump is a fantastic tune, and while it very much is a song that feels like a product of its time, it has such a fun, light-hearted energy to it that’s hard not to appreciate and feel a sense of fondness for the era, even as someone born in 1997. Though, I am someone who grew up in a Van Halen household, so there very much is a sense of nostalgia to it for me. However, while a lot of these songs are ones that I grew up hearing, many of them have gone on to develop further appreciation from me as new memories have become attached to them. While I’ve always enjoyed Panama, I now can’t think of the song without thinking of Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins Tribute Show in Los Angeles - there were a lot of incredible and memorable performances at the show, but something about hearing Panama live from Eddie’s flesh and blood honoring both Taylor and his own father sticks out to me as one of the most hype concert moments I’ve ever experienced (also shoutout to The Darkness singer Justin Hawkins for being a fantastic David Lee Roth fill-in). Hot For Teacher is another incredible track that I adore simply because it just goes hard af, but another part of me will always think of it as the final song to Guitar Hero: World Tour, where I would fail it about five seconds into the opening solo and then have to sit through all 30 seconds of the drum intro each and every time before immediately failing again. Drop Dead Legs is a song that always makes me think of my dad, mostly due to how it managed to appear in about every incarnation of our Spotify Family Mix that was ever generated (RIP) presumably due to how much my dad must play it - for all 21 million streams the song has on Spotify, I’m assuming he must be half of them. Final song I’ll shoutout is Top Jimmy - I don’t have a specific memory associated with that one, but it’s a fun tune that I remember hearing growing up, though I will say, in this listening, it occurred to me that there was a bit of a missed opportunity in not segueing it directly into Hot For Teacher. Listen to the drum fill at the end - it sounds just like the opening to Hot For Teacher. Anyway, realize I’m just sharing anecdotes at this point, but isn’t that what a good album should do? Bring back good memories? (Even though Hot For Teacher nearly had me smash my Guitar Hero controller at a time). I evidently have quite a few with this one, though at its core, I just think 1984 is a fun album. Call it cock rock if you want, but if you genuinely hate this, I would question how fun of a person you are to be around. RIP Eddie, and shoutout to David Lee Roth as being, in my opinion, one of rock’s greatest frontmen. Though, I did lose a little bit of respect for the guy when I found out about his beef with Joe Strummer. Sorry David, mano a mano, I’m in Joe’s corner ten out of ten times.

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Sat Apr 06 2024
4

Van Halen are weird for me. I love their records but I unreservedly hate almost everything they inspired. Maybe they were just so much smarter in their dumbness than all the dummies that tried to copy them.

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Thu Apr 25 2024
4

The singles off this one are classics. The other tracks are fine, but feel like filler.

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Fri Apr 26 2024
4

Listened April 25th Classic rock, killer riffs, short and sweet and power

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Fri Apr 26 2024
4

Rip roaring rocker! I forgot how talented these musicians were. Each song just pushes the boundaries in showmanship.

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Tue Apr 30 2024
4

Made it through almost the whole thing, which is impressive for sensitive ears like me. Never realized how artful Van Halen is. I get the hype, dads.

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Fri May 03 2024
4

A galloping cocksure cocktail of excess, speed, and libidinous glutton, this album packs in more notes per second than the Micro Machine Man’s stenographer, all the while trailblazing headlong into self-centered hedonism while the rest of the 80’s followed obediently in its wake. Gloriously self-indulgent

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Sat May 04 2024
4

Hair metal before hair metal technically existed — the godfathers of hair metal, I guess. Musically, this album is really fun. Great guitar solos and drum fills — obviously, it's Van Halen. The whole album is high energy and catchy. The synthy intro at the beginning wasn't something I really expected from them — it's got kind of a Rush flavor to it — but it flows perfectly into the opening of "Jump." Lyrically, this album is pretty corny. And David Lee Roth's voice ranges from great to kind of grating. 4/5 — just don't pay too much attention to the words and it's a good time. Also, I like to imagine that the kid on the cover grows up to be Ace Merrill from "Stand By Me."

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Wed May 08 2024
4

One of my dad’s favorite bands is Van Halen so I’m going in with a lot of predisposed enjoyment just from hearing a lot of this as a kid. Jump fucking rules. Panama was on one of the Gran Turismo soundtracks and will forever be one of the greatest driving songs. Top Jimmy is when you realize Eddie Van Halen is well deserving of all the praise, those harmonics and everything at the start. A warranted complaint is that, yeah these lyrics can be pretty misogynistic. But I don’t know if they’re THAT bad. Plus so far every object of desire has been of age, so that’s a plus compared to a shocking amount of their contemporaries. The album ends a little weakly, so it isn’t a 5, but a really solid 4, surprised how much I loved this

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Mon Aug 09 2021
3

I don't see what this has to do with the George Orwell novel. Just kidding but it's weird that this came after Big Brother and the Holding Co. This is actually the first time I've heard the whole album but of course, like anyone else that grew up in the 80s, I knew "Jump", "Panama" and "Hot for Teacher." Apart from that I wasn't too crazy about the rest of the album. I did enjoy "Top Jimmy" and Eddie is an amazing guitarist to listen to. Not a fan of Alex's drumming at all though. Just an average album overall.

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Sun Feb 18 2024
3

Faves: Jump ⭐️ Top Jimmy (GUITAR) ⭐️ Drop Dead Legs (GUITAR) ⭐️ Hot for Teacher ⭐️ Liked: Panama (the bridge) ⭐️ I’ll Wait Girl Gone Bad House of Pain Disliked:

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Sat Mar 23 2024
3

It's an album that swings wildly, but not all the punches hit the same.

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Sat May 04 2024
3

Terrible album art. Right away love the length of this album. The music has some good bits, the musicianship is solid, but it all blends a bit. I've heard most of these tracks so many times in the background that my brain is trained to wander away. It's a sugar rush.

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Tue Oct 17 2023
2

Possibly the most overrated band of all time. This album would be 3 stars but Hot For Teacher brings it down to 2.

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Sun Oct 22 2023
2

This was short but after a couple songs felt too similar

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Tue Oct 24 2023
2

The hits are still solid and the other tracks are fine, but nothing remarkable. Not much more to be said besides that

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Tue Apr 30 2024
2

I detest 1980s hair metal and Van Halen is not an exception. It's superficial rock music, which don't have any greatness about it musically or lyrically. It's just way too commercial but at least it's not completely unlistenable as some other albums on this list. I got through it but it is not something I want to listen to again.

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Thu May 02 2024
2

I was born in ´79 and have no recollection of enjoying music when I was 5 years old. However, I remember watching Van Halen music videos on MTV around the late 80's. Van Halen and other 80's rock never quite did hit me in the right spot. Many years later, (late 90's) some of my metal friends was reviving Europe, Ironmaiden, Twisted Sister, Manowar, Van Halen and AC/DC. At that time, it all sounded the same to me. Im pretty sure I can distinguish the bands today. And I can the see how Van Halen layed out the groundwork for later bands like Guns N Roses and Bon Jovi. Still Van Halen is a long way from my prefered genrers. But somehow I found myself enjoying the slower track "I'll Wait".

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Fri Oct 27 2023
1

Not gonna do it, Van Halen is not for me. Better than drake but that’s a low bar.

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Tue Apr 30 2024
1

God this sucks. Van Halen is music for people who think they are cool but they almost alway the worst person in the room. “Jump” ranks high on the list of worst song of all time and now that I’ve listened to the songs I hadn’t heard on this album I’m surprised to find almost all the other songs are worse. Shitty choruses, boring production, and songs about trivial and misogynistic topics. “Hot for teacher” is somehow the best song on this pile of burning shit.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

Yeah it's more mainstream (not that VH were ever the hipster's choice) and synth-heavy, but wow so good top-to-bottom. The band are in top form, and I confess to loving this album as a kid. My only regret is that by the time I saw them live they were in full Hagar.

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Sat Apr 10 2021
5

Woohoo! Only 33 minutes long and has the best Van Halen songs.

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Sun Apr 11 2021
5

piriripiriripirirpiruuru pam pamparampamparamfuoo panama panama a panama panama a o o o o

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

Awesome Album. Face melting guitar and drums.

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Real good some classics that I now what album they belong to

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Wed May 26 2021
5

Awesome. Front to back. Not very long either!

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Tue Jul 06 2021
5

5/5 - Iconic; The definition of 80's hard rock

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Thu Jul 29 2021
5

Phenomenal album. I knew the hits, but maaaan what killer songs with game-changing guitar chops.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
5

You know, the synthesizer is such cheesy 80's fare but the greats did it well. Jump is no exception (though a little much on I'll Wait) - you can't help but get sucked in. Of course there's still room for some vintage Eddie (RIP) on the track. And more amazing guitar work on pretty much every track (listen to House of Pain). And then DLR is at his decadent best on this album. Those two just make the album what it is - Panama and Hot for Teacher are classics but they are really ridiculous songs with nothing to them except for the combo of EVH and DLR (to be fair Alex Van Halen's drum work on Hot for Teacher is awesome too). Drop Dead Legs is the best showcase of all the musicians - AVH does good work and Michael Anthony gets time to shine too. Stellar album for anyone who likes rock and even those who don't.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
5

One of my bandmates pointed out that Van Halen was more successful with Sammy Hagar than with DLR. Does it really matter? The albums with DLR soar. Does anyone doubt the huge impact the VH brothers have had? While Eddie’s otherworldly skills could have overshadowed everything and everyone else, Alex’s licks, especially on Hot for Teacher, kept pace. On this album it always feels to me that they are competing and racing each other, as if to say Oh, yeah? Top this!

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Mon Aug 30 2021
5

*Rock snob alert*. Not my favorite VH album. Not even close to their bast album with DLR. Panama and Hot For Teacher are rockers. I'll Wait is a great song, and one of the few VH songs where DLR actually sings. The rest of the album is "take it or leave it for me". My rating is for the three aforementioned songs, and for, musically and vocally, them being at the top of their game.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
5

Starting to think this Van Halen fella might be good at guitar

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Tue Aug 31 2021
5

Something special about David Lee Roth + Eddie Van Halen

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Tue Sep 14 2021
5

walked into this totally blind and 34 minutes later I have to give it a 10/10. I’m not too familiar with Van Halen. I’m familiar with the name but never looked into their discography. I can’t help but feel like I’m missing some context on the significance of this album. Like all rock bands, I’m sure listening to their previous albums will help me appreciate this more, but still for what it is I think it’s amazing. I love how fun, fast, and sassy it is. As soon as I heard that iconic and instantly recognizable synth in ‘Jump’ I knew this was going to be a great (although tragically short) album. I’m a big fan of synth rock and pop rock and this hits all the right spots. I’ll look into more of Van Halen’s stuff for sure. I’m a little worried that 1984 is the peak and everything goes downhill from there tho. Regardless, their self titled debut seems to have pretty high ratings so I’ll look into that one soon.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

Iconic, loads of memorable hits, and for sheer instrumentalism alone it’s difficult to go under 5 stars here. No, these are not elegant compositional masterpieces, but there is nobody who can play or sound like classic Van Halen and this album is one of the best examples of that.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
5

I knew most of the hits off this one, but I wasn't familiar with the deep dives, most of which are fantastic. I also had no idea how awesome of a drummer Alex VH is.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
5

One of my favourites of all time.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

Really it should be getting a 4 because of how much synth was used on this album but then Panama and hot for teacher really pull this one up. 4.5?

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

Classic rock is classic. Also, Hot for Teacher makes me want to run through a goddamned stone wall.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

so good, more heavy that I would guess.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

This is, by far, the best and most successful Van Halen album. The Van Halen brothers with Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth were the best that they could become and it shows. "Jump", "Panama" and "Hot for Teacher" are three of hard rock's biggest classics and the album as a whole, a short one with only 33 minutes, is pure 1980s rock zeitgeist. The production is overwhelming, the instrumentation, mixing hard rock with glam and pop, is perfect and Roth's voice is amazing in every single track. One of the greatest rock albums of the 1980s.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

It's not my fav VH album but it's hard no to love this. I was 12 years old when it came out and there wasn't anything much cooler than VH at that time.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

Sadly I was too young, but fuck it would've been great to be around when Van Halen was THE soundtrack to fingering girls in the park. 5/5.

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