All 131 Van Halen Songs, Ranked From Worst to Best ➜

Chuck Clostermann on Eruption, Eddie Van Halen’s landmark, rule-changing solo from Van Halen’s eponymous debut album.

I realize that if you hate Van Halen, this is precisely what you hate. You hate the sensation of having your brain trapped in a beehive, you hate the distance between the proficiency of the artist and the potentiality of his audience, and you hate that this guy just invented the 1980s. But if you love Van Halen, this is what you love, and you can listen to it a thousand times without diminishing returns. The experience does not evolve. You will always be inside that guitar.

The whole thing is worth a read, as Closterman pieces usually are, but his take on Eruption is extra good, because he captures in words what it feels like to be excited by music.