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Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Van Halen Albums

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

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2. 'Fair Warning'

Back in the early 1980s, most bands recorded an album a year without even thinking about it. Not long after Van Halen finishing touring behind Women and Children First, they began sessions for a follow-up. The Ted Templeman-produced disc is a somewhat dark affair highlighted by "Unchained," "Mean Street" and "So This Is Love." Because it wasn't as immediately accessible as the previous records, it was a relative slow seller. Today, Van Halen diehards see it as one of their best works. 

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