On February 10, 1978.


On February 10, 1978, “Warner Bros” released the self titled, debut Van Halen studio album.  It was recorded August – September 1977, at “Sunset Sound Recorders” in Hollywood, and was produced by Ted Templeman. “Guitar World” magazine readers ranked the album at number 7 on a list of the “Greatest Guitar Albums of All Time”. In 2013, magazine “Rolling Stone” ranked “Van Halen” at number 27 of its list of the “100 Best Debut Albums of All Time”. The album sold more than ten million copies in the US by 1999 and was certified Diamond  by the “RIAA”.


  • David Lee Roth– lead vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Eddie Van Halen– guitar, backing vocals
  • Michael Anthony– bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alex Van Halen– drums
  • Dave Bhang – art direction, design
  • Elliot Gilbert – photography
  • Jodi Cohen – typesetting

Track listing:

All tracks by Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth and Michael Anthony, except where noted.

  1. Runnin’ with the Devil
  2. Eruption
  3. You Really Got Me – Ray Davies
  4. Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love
  5. I’m the One
  6. Jamie’s Cryin’
  7. Atomic Punk
  8. Feel Your Love Tonight
  9. Little Dreamer
  10. Ice Cream Man – John Brim
  11. On Fire

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