With the vim of hard rock and the vigour of glam metal, Van Halen wasted no time at all in becoming one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Embracing synth keyboards as well as crunching guitars, the pioneering spirit of guitarist Eddie Van Halen hovers over a majestic body of work that never failed to inspire a legion of headbangers. Take a jump back in time and explore our list of the best Van Halen songs…
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20: Don’t Tell Me (What Love Can Do) (from ‘Balance’, 1995)
In the year after the untimely death of grunge icon Kurt Cobain, Van Halen released their 1995 single Don’t Tell Me (What Love Can Do), in which Sammy Hagar addressed the tragedy of the Nirvana songwriter’s suicide. “Kurt Cobain could have been saved,” Hagar asserted in his memoir, Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock. “I wrote that song about it to say you have control over your destiny.” Reaching No.27 in the UK, this forgotten gem was one of the best songs from the band’s tenth album, Balance.