500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Van Halen, 'Van Halen'

415. Van Halen, 'Van Halen'

Warner Bros., 1978

This debut gave the world a new guitar hero (Eddie Van Halen) and charismatic frontman (David Lee Roth). Tunes such as "Runnin' With the Devil" and "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" put the swagger back in hard rock, and Eddie's jaw-dropping technique, particularly on "Eruption," raised the bar for rock guitar.

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