5. 'Women and Children First'
Van Halen were a fairly established hard rock band when they cut Women and Children First in late 1979, so they felt free to craft a heavier album lacking any covers. The result is a killer disc of originals that contains immortal classics like "Everybody Wants Some!!" and "And the Cradle Will Rock." It was the perfect way to kick off the 1980s.
It should be noted that"Everybody Wants Some!!" has the single greatest Roth spoken-word interlude in the Van Halen catalog. "I like the way the line runs up the back of the stockings," he says. "I've always liked those kind of high heels too. You know, I... No no no no, don't take 'em off, don't take... Leave 'em on, leave 'em on. Yeah, that's it, a little more to the right, a little more..." The man is a poet.