20 Insanely Great Van Halen Songs Only Hardcore Fans Know

A journey through the hidden corners of the band's discography – from rare demos to overlooked deep cuts

"Could This Be Magic"

David Lee Roth first exhibited his considerable acoustic guitar chops on  "Ice Cream Man," a cover of a Chess records side by blues guitarist John Brim from Van Halen's self-titled 1978 debut. On this unplugged, old-timey gem from the 1980 LP Women and Children and First, he returns to the instrument, choogling and boogieing on rhythm guitar as Eddie licks it up on the slide Dobro. The track showcases the band's range and sheer musicianship; had they chosen to embrace bluegrass or skiffle instead of hard rock, we'd probably still be talking about them today.

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