Van Halen – Why Can’t This Be Love

Where would any self-respecting male WASP be without a bit of Van Helen in their record collection?  This song just oozes the eighties for me – you have to decide whether that is a good thing or not!

Released in the Spring of 1986, Why Can’t This Be Love features vocals from Sammy Hagar who had recently joined the band replacing founding member David Lee Roth who left in 1985.  It was the first single taken from the band’s 1986 album 5150 (fifty-one fifty) – the band’s first work without Roth.

The track is only the second from the band to trouble the top ten of the UK singles chart.  I bought it on 17 May 1986 as it climbed toward its peak position of number 8.  Their only previous track to reach the top ten hit was 1984’s excellent (even Mark Radcliffe likes it!) Jump which made number 7.

So, on the face of it, only having two entries in the top ten would indicate that Van Halen were not tremendously successful in the UK singles chart.  However, in my humble opinion these two tracks are as good as anything from the eighties.

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