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  1. The Phantoms – (Ghost) Riders In The Sky [Stan Jones Cover]
  2. Bob and Lucille – Demon Lover
  3. Bobby Gimby and the Kids – Be Aware Space Creatures
  4. Buddy Reynolds – Ogopogo
  5. Five Man Electrical Band – Werewolf
  6. Klaatu – Howl at the Moon
  7. Lynx – Lucifer (1976)
  8. Peace River Rangers – Flyin’ Saucers
  9. Raftsmen III – Haunted House
  10. Rough Trade – Endless Night
  11. Stan Rogers – Turnaround – Try Like the Devil
  12. Strange Advance – Running Away
  13. The Courriers – Run To Your Mama
  14. The Diodes – Death in the Suburbs
  15. The Hunt – Fire
  16. The Men of the Deeps – Dry Bones

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  1. Hot Butter – Popcorn
  2. David Soul – Don’t Give Up On Us
  3. Doug and the Slugs – Too Bad
  4. Max Werner – Rain in May
  5. Pink Floyd – Brain Damage & Eclipse
  6. April Wine – Druthers
  7. Rush – Bastille Day
  8. Bruce Springsteen – I’m Goin’ Down
  9. Cliff Richard – The Young Ones
  10. Chilliwack – Something Better
  11. Patti Austin and James Ingram – Baby, Come To Me
  12. Michael Zager Band – Let’s All Chant
  13. Whitesnake – Here I Go Again

Rob’s Rewind – Van Halen Tribute SONGLIST

  1. Jamie’s Cryin’ (1978)

This song is about a girl who has a one-night stand and lives to regret it. She wants a deeper relationship and feels used by the guys who hit it and quit. She considers writing him a letter asking him to call (remember, this is before texting), but she knows it will get her nowhere.

David Lee Roth wrote the lyrics, which is a little ironic considering his many one-and-done conquests. In the early years of Van Halen, he would have a crew member make sure that some lovely ladies in the crowd were ushered backstage for his enjoyment.


  1. Beautiful Girls (1979)

The group wrote this in David Lee Roth’s basement. They had just finished a tour and were under tight deadline pressure to record their second album. They released an album every year until 1984. Roth fractured his foot doing a jump for the album’s photo shoot. Since there was no way Roth could stay still on stage, they postponed their tour so he could heal.

The album took six days to record. Van Halen was quick in the studio because they laid down most of the tracks live, with very little overdubbing.


  1. Runnin With The Devil (1978)

This is the first song on the first Van Halen album. It starts with a backwards blare of car horns, which was made by a contraption Eddie Van Halen put together using a bunch of horns, a car battery, and a footswitch. They used to use it when they played at clubs.

Van Halen included this song on a demo Gene Simmons produced for them in 1977. After seeing them in concert, Simmons flew the band to New York, bought them clothes, and set up a recording session. They didn’t get a record deal out of it, but gained valuable experience.

The song contains many of the things Van Halen became famous for: David Lee Roth’s squeal, Eddie’s guitar solo, and Michael Anthony’s backup vocals.


  1. Panama (1984)

This was one of the first songs recorded at Eddie Van Halen’s 5150 studios. “5150” is California police code for a mentally unstable person causing a disturbance.

The album cover, which showed a baby on the cover smoking a cigarette, caused a bit of controversy. Some UK record stores refused to stock it.

This was one of the last Van Halen songs recorded with David Lee Roth as lead singer. He was replaced by Sammy Hagar in 1986.


  1. Little Guitars (1982)

On this song, Eddie Van Halen played a custom-made, miniature Les Paul guitar that was created for him by Nashville designer Dave Petschulat. On Van Halen’s 1982-1983 Hide Your Sheep tour, they played this song with Eddie switching to his miniature guitar.


  1. Dance The Night Away (1979)

The lightest and most radio-friendly song on the Van Halen II album, Warner Brothers Records insisted “Dance The Night Away” be released as the first single. The band didn’t think it represented their sound and did not want it released first, but they didn’t have the clout to overrule their record company. The original title was “Dance, Lolita, Dance.”

Van Halen picked up a lot of new fans after this song got some airplay. Many listeners who heard them for the first time were pleasantly surprised when they bought the album, and rushed out to buy the first Van Halen album as well. That first album, which sold about a million copies in America the first year it was released, eventually sold 10 million.


  1. Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love (1978)

Van Halen played this at many of their early shows before they got a record deal. They included it on a demo Gene Simmons produced for them in 1977.

If you listen carefully, you can hear an electric sitar low in the mix.

This song gets at least as much radio play now as when it first came out. Van Halen took a few years to get a big following, so many of their early songs are now Classic Rock staples because they were never overplayed when they first came out.


  1. Unchained (1981)

It’s not all that clear what’s going on in this song, but it sure does rock. The lyric is mostly an exercise in vocal dexterity, with the line “Blue-eyed murder in a side-swiped dress” leading into the rousing chorus. The song was a live favorite for the band.

In the middle of this song, David Lee Roth makes fun of an executive that walked into the studio while they were recording it (“that suit is YOU…”). Roth would add commentary on a separate track while the band played the instrumental parts, and his comments were sometimes added to the mix (“Everybody Wants Some” is an example). The voice that says, “Come on, Dave, gimme a break” is their producer, Ted Templeman.


  1. Jump (1984)

David Lee Roth has given various accounts of the meaning behind the lyrics, but he usually says they are about a TV news story he saw where a man was about to kill himself by jumping off a building (Roth thought, “Might as well jump”). He’s also said the song is about a stripper.

Roth is a great storyteller who likes to build his legend, so he would often add that he wrote the lyric while cruising around Los Angeles in his vintage 1951 Mercury convertible.

This was Van Halen’s first #1 hit in America, and their only #1 with David Lee Roth as lead singer.


  1. You Really Got Me (1978)

This was Van Halen’s first single. They learned a bunch of Kinks songs when they were just starting out (in part because David Lee Roth had one of their greatest hits albums), and often played them at their shows when they were still a bar band. “They sounded good and they were great to dance to,” David Lee Roth said.

When it came time for Van Halen to record their first single, they chose “You Really Got Me,” since they had refined it after years performing it. In 1982, they released another Kinks kover, “Where Have All The Good Times Gone?,” which appears on their album Diver Down.

There is a track before this on the album called “Eruption,” which is an Eddie Van Halen guitar solo that leads into it. Disc jockeys often played the 2 songs together, but as computerized playlists and corporate programmers took control of radio stations, “Eruption” is rarely played.


  1. Mean Street (1981)

Fair Warning is the fourth studio album by American rock band Van Halen. Released on April 29, 1981, it sold more than two million copies, but was still the band’s slowest-selling album of the David Lee Roth era. Despite the album’s commercially disappointing sales, Fair Warning was met with mostly positive reviews from critics.

The album was listed by Esquire as one of the 75 Albums Every Man Should Own.


  1. Finish What Ya Started (1988)

Taken from their 1988 album OU812. Despite the album being seemingly complete, Eddie Van Halen came up with the riff at 2 in the morning and went down to his then-neighbor Sammy Hagar to show it. Hagar let Eddie in, and the two played guitars in his balcony until they had a completed song. Once Eddie left, Hagar decided to write the lyrics despite being late at night. The theme wound up being unfulfilled sex, summed up by Hagar as “blue balls”. In the song, Eddie recorded his guitar part on a Fender Stratocaster plugged direct into the studio mixing console. The song is one of only two Van Halen tracks featuring Hagar playing a rhythm guitar part, which he played on a Gibson acoustic.


  1. Why Can’t This Be Love (1986)

“Why Can’t This Be Love?” was the first Van Halen single with Sammy Hagar as lead singer, replacing David Lee Roth. Hagar had plenty of cred as a rocker and went over as well as could be expected in his position. This song took the band in a more mature, melodic direction, which proved hit-worthy. The Van Hagar era was on, and the Sammy vs. Dave debates commenced.

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  1. Wishful Thinking – China Crisis
  2. Theme from “Shaft” – Isaac Hayes
  3. Hangman – The Ugly Ducklings
  4. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  5. You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone
  6. A Million Miles Away – Klaatu
  7. Baby Step Back – Gordon Lightfoot
  8. Pop Muzik – M
  9. Do You Want To Know A Secret – Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas
  10. That’s Where I Went Wrong – The Poppy Family
  11. Time of the Season – The Zombies
  12. Ebony and Ivory – Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
  13. Child’s Garden – April Wine
  14. A Way of Life – The Family Dogg

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  1. The Runner – The Three Degrees
  2. Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
  3. I’m Losing Tonight – A Passing Fancy
  4. I’m A Tiger – Lulu
  5. Beach Baby – First Class
  6. Moonshine (Friend of Mine) – John Kay
  7. The Partisan – Leonard Cohen
  8. Take It On The Run – REO Speedwagon
  9. The Groove Line – Heatwave
  10. You and I – Edward Bear
  11. Nutbush City Limits – Ike and Tina Turner
  12. Going In Circles – Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy
  13. Roll Over Beethoven – E.L.O.

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  1. The Witch Queen of New Orleans – Redbone
  2. The Israelites – Desmond Dekker
  3. Who Needs Ya – Steppenwolf
  4. It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me – Billy Joel
  5. Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake) – Freddie Jackson
  6. Children Laughing – Mashmakhan
  7. Fire Baby, I’m On Fire – Andy Kim
  8. Love Is All Around – The Troggs
  9. Ride A Wild Horse – Dee Clark
  10. One More Mountain To Climb – Dr. Music
  11. Slow Ride – Foghat
  12. Hyperactive – Thomas Dolby
  13. Your Generation – Generation X

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  1. Little Lies – Fleetwood Mac
  2. Tarzan Boy – Baltimora
  3. Rainshowers – Michel Pagliaro
  4. On The Beat – BB and Q Band
  5. Swing Your Daddy – Jim Gilstrap
  6. Slaughter in Robot Village – FM
  7. High School Queen – MOXY
  8. (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher – Rita Coolidge
  9. Fire On High – Electric Light Orchestra
  10. Freight Train – The Canadian Sweethearts
  11. Oh, Pretty Woman – John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
  12. One Last Kiss – The J. Gelis Band
  13. Freedom Come, Freedom Go – Fortunes

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  1. Milk And Alcohol – Dr. Feelgood
  2. Karma Chameleon – Culture Club
  3. Liars – Ian Thomas
  4. Alright Alright Alright – Mungo Jerry
  5. Light My Fire – The Doors
  6. Little By Little – Eyes of Dawn
  7. Long Long Time To Get Old – Great Speckled Bird
  8. You’re The One That I Want – John Travolta & Olivia Newton John
  9. Bennie And The Jets – Elton John
  10. Shotdown – April Wine
  11. Elusive Butterfly – Bob Lind
  12. To Be With You – Gallery
  13. Down by The River – Joey Gregorash
  14. Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel – Tavares

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  1. Seven Drunken Nights – The Dubliners

  2. Mr Pleasant – The Kinks

  3. It’s My Time – The Mynah Birds w/ Rick James & Neil Young

  4. Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car – Billy Ocean

  5. Forever Now – Cold Chisel

  6. Tribulation – Earth, Roots and Water

  7. Can’t You Do It Now – Gary & Dave

  8. Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone – The Temptations

  9. Motor Bikin’ – Chris Spedding

  10. Signs – Five Man Electrical Band

  11. Rock On – David Essex

  12. Make Me Do Anything You Want – A Foot in Coldwater

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  1. Shame, Shame, Shame – Shirley and Company
  2. So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star – Byrds
  3. Slowpoke – April Wine
  4. Baby Blue – Badfinger
  5. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) – Sly & The Family Stone
  6. China Boys – The Payolas
  7. Talk it Over In The Morning – Anne Murray
  8. Betcha By Golly Wow – The Stylistics
  9. Ride My See-Saw – Moody Blues
  10. Leave Me Alone – Canadian Squires
  11. I’ll Always Love You – Taylor Dayne
  12. Love Don’t Live Here Anymore – Jimmy Nail
  13. Awake Ye Drowsy Sleepers – Ian & Sylvia
  14. No More Heroes – The Stranglers

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  1. Summer of ’42 – Biddu Orchestra
  2. Footloose – Kenny Loggins
  3. I Just Want To Make Music – Ken Tobias 
  4. Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poison
  5. Take On Me – A-Ha
  6. Right Before Your Eyes – Ian Thomas
  7. Bye Bye Baby – Joey Gregorash
  8. Gimme Hope, Joanna – Eddy Grant
  9. MacArthur Park – Donna Summer
  10. Touch You In My Mind – Sea Dog 
  11. From The Underworld – The Herd
  12. Walkin’ Back to Happiness – Helen Shapiro
  13. One Night Lovers – Tom Middleton
  14. Rain in May – Max Werner

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  1. Life In The Fast Lane – The Eagles
  2. Sad Sweet Dreamer – Sweet Sensation
  3. People Gotta Move – Gino Vannelli
  4. Family Affair – Sly & The Family Stone
  5. Sunshine Of Your Life – Cream
  6. People In Me – A Passing Fancy
  7. Start Again – Surrender
  8. I’m Into Something Good – Herman’s Hermits
  9. Dancing (On A Saturday Night) – Barry Blue
  10. I’m With You – The DeFranco Family
  11. Don’t Waste My Time – Paul Hardcastle
  12. Atomic – Blondie
  13. Take Me In Your Arms – Charity Brown
  14. American Pie – Don McLean

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  1. Stay – The Hollies
  2. This Wheel’s – Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
  3. How Long – Saga
  4. Love’s Theme – Love Unlimited Orchestra
  5. Going Back To My Roots – Odyssey
  6. House of Blue Lights – Crowbar
  7. Let The Four Winds Blow – Crowbar
  8. Shame – Evelyn “Champagne” King
  9. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
  10. Some Kind Of Fool – Ian & Sylvia
  11. Every Breath You Take – The Police
  12. Rock With You – Michael Jackson
  13. Moan For You Joe – The Guess Who
  14. Venus – Shocking Blue

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  1. Mama Told Me (Not To Come) – Three Dog Night
  2. The Tracks Of My Tears – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  3. Roll With It – Trooper
  4. It’s The Same Old Song – Four Tops
  5. In The Dark – Billy Squier
  6. Magic People – The Paupers
  7. Be My Baby – Andy Kim
  8. Misty Blue – Dorothy Moore
  9. Black Magic Woman – Santana
  10. Funky Roller Skates – Brutus
  11. Talking In Your Sleep – Crystal Gayle
  12. Don’t Leave Me This Way – The Communards
  13. Awaiting On You All – Silver Hawk
  14. Lovesick Blues – Frank Ifield

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  1. Don’t Do It Baby – Mac and Katie Kissoon
  2. Little Willy – Sweet
  3. Bus Stop – The Hollies
  4. Brother And Me – Fludd
  5. Into The Great Wide Open – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  6. What Can I Say – Boz Scaggs
  7. Make Up Your Mind – The Quiet Jungle
  8. Too Much In Love – The Quiet Jungle
  9. Everything – The Quiet Jungle
  10. Owner Of A Lonely Heart – Yes
  11. What Do I Get? – Buzzcocks
  12. Down To The Line – Bachman Turner Overdrive
  13. Pistol Packin’ Mama – Gene Vincent
  14. Ooh To Be Ahh – Kajagoogoo
  15. If I Was – Midge Ure

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  1. Ha! Ha! Said The Clown – Manfred Mann
  2. Respect – Aretha Franklin
  3. Hey Little Girl – Icehouse
  4. Don’t Cry Little Tree – Trevor Dandy
  5. Heart and Soul – TPAU
  6. America – The Nice
  7. I Remember – Bill Amesbury
  8. Just In Case You Wonder – The Ugly Ducklings
  9. Dance To The Music – Sly & The Family Stone
  10. Need Your Love So Bad – Fleetwood Mac
  11. Snowblind Friend – Steppenwolf
  12. As Tears Go By – Marianne Faithfull
  13. Hit Mix – Fun Fun