1984, Van Halen’s sixth album is a bittersweet masterpiece. It is (one of) the bands’ most commercially successful records (selling 10+ million copies), and was the last (until 2012’s A Different Kind of Truth) to exercise the unquestionable talents of one Mr. David Lee Roth. The home to four, radio-friendly (radio-polluting?) singles, and Van Halen classics (Hot for Teacher, I’ll Wait, Panama, and Jump), it’s no question how 1984 because such a monumental classic, and indisputable staple to the 80s decade. If you haven’t in a while, dust off your smoke-stained copy and serve yourself a platter of glam metal goodness. Your (considerably) younger self will thank you.

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