The Electric Agora also saw a sliver lining in this reality of dying worlds. When one’s world dies, “bit by bit,” there’s actually a consolation: when death comes for the individual, that person will be ready to go, ready to leave behind what little is left of his or her world. That’s true and, at least for me, oddly comforting. But in the meantime, having just passed a physical and dental exam with flying colors, I’m (most likely) not yet at death’s door. I am therefore writing this post to enjoy an even better, though admittedly temporary, silver lining: I’m recapturing my lost youth by celebrating and sharing some of Van Halen’s most underrated songs.
Below are five such songs—one from each Van Halen (not Van Hagar) album, except for the band’s two mega hit records: the self-titled debut Van Halen and the band’s sixth album, 1984. Those records achieved such success on every imaginable level that there are no overlooked gems, no hidden nuggets to unearth. But their other five albums are goldmines of under-appreciated songs. Here are my top five: