Van Halen (1984)

Album Cover
Official Album Cover

The Album

“Van Halen (1984) (stylized in Roman numerals as MCMLXXXIV) represents the sixth studio album by the renowned American rock band Van Halen. It was released on January 9, 1984. Notably, this album marks the final collaboration between lead singer David Lee Roth and the band, as he departed in 1985 due to creative differences. Moreover, “1984” stands as the last full-length album to showcase all four original members of Van Halen (the Van Halen brothers, Roth, and Michael Anthony). Although they briefly reunited in 2000 to commence work on what would eventually become 2012’s “A Different Kind of Truth,” it was only with Roth’s return in 2007 that the band fully regrouped, albeit with Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang replacing Michael Anthony in 2006.

Both “1984” and Van Halen’s debut album remain the band’s most commercially successful releases, with each having sold over 10 million copies. This achievement solidified their status as rock icons.

Critically, “1984” garnered positive reviews from music critics. Rolling Stone, in particular, ranked the album at number 81 on its esteemed list of the 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s. On the Billboard 200 album chart, “1984” reached an impressive number two spot, where it remained for five consecutive weeks, second only to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on which guitarist Eddie Van Halen made a notable guest appearance. The album spawned four successful singles, including the chart-topping hit “Jump,” which became Van Halen’s sole number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100. Additionally, the album produced two top-20 hits, namely “Panama” and “I’ll Wait,” along with the widely popular “Hot for Teacher” music video, which enjoyed heavy rotation on MTV.

In recognition of its massive sales, “1984” received diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America in 1999, signifying the shipment of over ten million copies.

Conclusion

Overall, “1984” stands as a pivotal album in Van Halen’s discography, marking the end of an era with David Lee Roth’s departure and the culmination of their early success. With its memorable singles, impressive chart performance, and critical acclaim, “1984” remains a testament to the band’s musical prowess and enduring impact on the rock genre.

Track Listing

  1. 1984 (Instrumental)
  2. Jump
  3. Panama
  4. Top jimmy
  5. Drop Dead Legs
  6. Hot For Teacher
  7. I’ll Wait
  8. Girl Gone Bad
  9. House Of Pain

Jump

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Lyrics

I get up, and nothin’ gets me down
You got it tough
I’ve seen the toughest around
And I know, baby, just how you feel
You got to roll with the punches
And get to what’s real

Ah, can’t you see me standin’ here?
I got my back against the record machine
I ain’t the worst that you’ve seen
Ah, can’t you see what I mean?

Ah, might as well jump (jump!)
Might as well jump
Go ahead and jump (jump!)
Go ahead and jump

Ah-oh, hey you!
Who said that?
Baby, how you been?
You say you don’t know
You won’t know until you begin

So, can’t you see me standing here?
I got my back against the record machine
I ain’t the worst that you’ve seen
Ah, can’t you see what I mean?

Ah, might as well jump (jump!)
Go ahead and jump
Might as well jump (jump!)
Go ahead and jump

Jump!

Might as well jump (jump!)
Go ahead and jump
Get it and jump (jump!)
Go ahead and jump

Jump!
Jump!
Jump!

Jump!

Reference

1984 (Van Halen album) – Wikipedia