As original Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth quit the band to pursue a solo career, or was fired (depending on who you believe), Eddie and Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony carried on by hiring Sammy Hagar. Hagar was a middling artist on his own, but he proved to be a powerhouse when placed in front of hard rock's most muscular and innovative instrumental unit. On 5150
--the title is police code for "escaped lunatic"--you can hear the band's excitement at having struck a winning combination. Songs such as "Why Can't This Be Love," "Dreams," "Best of Both Worlds," and "Love Walks In" combine to make this the early high-watermark of the Van Hagar era. --Daniel Durchholz
This 1986 album was the first with former Montrose singer Sammy Hagar! Diamond Dave's absence doesn't phase the band, whose crashing guitars and harmonies are still there! Includes Good Enough; Why Can't This Be Love; Get Up; Dreams; Love Walks In; 5150 , and more.