6. 'Diver Down'
It's hard to blame Van Halen for being a little tapped out by the time the band began work on 1982's Diver Down. They'd released an album every single year since 1978 and toured steadily that whole time. When sales dipped, their label pressured them to record some covers that might turn into easy hits. Reluctantly, they cut "Pretty Woman" and "Dancing in the Street," which became the first two singles from the disc. The gambit worked, but it was two years before the next album. By then they were determined to do things on their own terms.