Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Van Halen Albums

See which album managed to top '1984,' 'Diver Down' and 'Fair Warning'

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8. 'Balance'

Nobody realized it at the time, but Balance marked the end of an era for Van Halen. It was their last album with Sammy Hagar on vocals and the last time they'd release a record that produced actual radio hits. The camaraderie of the early days with Hagar was gone, but the band managed to finish the album and record tracks like "I Can't Stop Loving You," "Amsterdam" and "Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)." There were a few too many ballads for the taste of some old-school fans, but it still sold by the millions and spawned an enormous tour. Shortly after that ended, the group fell completely apart. 

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