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Artist: Van Halen

Title: 5150

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Van Halen 5150 Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1986

Label: Warner Brothers

Catalog Number: 9 25394-2


Michael Anthony bass
Sammy Hagar lead vocals
Alex Van Halen drums
Eddie Van Halen guitars


1.  Good Enough  
2.  Why Can't This be Love  
3.  Get Up  
4.  Dreams  
5.  Summer Nights  
6.  Best of Both Worlds  
7.  Love Walks In  
8.  5150  
9.  Inside  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Mike G. Date: July 25, 2001 at 14:13
This introduction to the Sammy era is a pretty good effort!!! They seemed to drop the party style for a more serious grown-up style of hard rock!! Although this is a great album, it just doesn't measure up to the Dave era albums!!!!

From: James Date: August 26, 2001 at 12:00
Nothing pointed toward Mike G. Just want to say that from the start.!! I am so tired of people putting blame on the new grown-up style on Sammy. His solo albums--pre and post VH Rock with party anthems--- Maybe it is Ed himself who changed. He was Tired of David's crap plus he's gotten married and became a father. Those two things will change a man's outlook on life. Stop talking about how it is Sammy who changed the band, really it was ED. He also wanted to change when Gary was brougt in.

From: T-BONE Date: September 16, 2001 at 23:07
I must agree with James. This was still a great cd one way or the other. It's my favorite with Sammy singing even though i'm still a Roth era fan.

From: Rob Date: October 10, 2001 at 11:31
I like both Roth & Hagar era's equally well. This album kicks major booty!

From: Harvey Date: November 16, 2001 at 8:03
Van Hagar? No thanks

From: Renato Date: December 8, 2001 at 20:06
Their musical cooperation works out best in the last three songs.

From: joe Date: December 14, 2001 at 4:32
Van Halen 5051 was a magical time for them 'Why can't this be love' bites the heads of other songs and spits them out. good album one of Halens best in my opinion.

From: madrid Date: January 6, 2002 at 10:56
although nothing can compare to VH I this is a pretty decent album.

From: Don Date: February 23, 2002 at 12:59
This takes me back to the summer of '86, the best time of my life.

From: Desslar Date: July 6, 2002 at 15:32
The first and best album with Hagar. Surprisingly poppy for Van Halen, the first time I heard 'Dreams' I couldn't believe it was the same band. Still, once you get past that it's a very enjoyable album with hit after hit. The last two tracks aren't good for much though.

From: Rockforever Date: July 12, 2002 at 14:05
5150 is a great Hagar debut with VH.His vocal style is more disciplined than Roth's,but this is a welcome change.Good Enough is a powerful opener (the squeal at the start sounds like Roth),while Why can't this be love is a great single.Get Up has a punky vibe;Dreams and Love Walks In showed that VH could write more mellow material.Tracks 5,6,8 are cool rockers,while the closer showcases Michael's bass playing.And as always Eddie demonstrates that he is one of rock's alltime guitar gods.

From: B. CASARIN (MEX Date: August 28, 2002 at 23:24
best van halen disc!!! don miss it. 90/100

From: Baris Date: September 13, 2002 at 7:10
INCREDIBLR RECORD. In my opinion Sammy Hagar extremely filled the void after DLR left. Although being less showman than DLR, he has a super screaming voice that is quite enough to accompany Eddie's guitars and Alex's provoking drums. This is a super melodic stuff. It's like they are screaming 'Hey, we're happier after Dave's gone!'. Be sure that this album will never be out-dated....

From: manos Date: February 21, 2003 at 4:28
Bright, Intelligent absolutely positive music. With all respect to David Lee Roth, Sammy is the right singer of Van Halen. They just expanded their sonic boundaries with him. Dreams is an anthem of melodic rock.

From: Hot-Rod Date: April 12, 2003 at 19:38
Fun, refreshing, great tunes...........The best of the VAN-HAGAR albums!!

From: Romolo Date: April 25, 2003 at 4:34
My favortite album, my favorite band, with my favorite music - Loves walks In'

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From: Whiplash1972 Date: June 3, 2003 at 23:30
The best 'Van Hagar' album....the best Van Halen album....hell, one of the top 10 best albums EVER as far as I'm concerned. Not a bad song to be found,and to this day, the wife still swoons when she hears 'Love Walks In'. I played the keyboard part for her when we first met,and it's been 'our song' to this day!!!

From: Date: February 22, 2004 at 5:16
This is when all the true rockers stopped listening to Van Halen and all of their baby sisters starting buying their albums. Pretty wimpy stuff. Hagar doesn't sound as convincingly cool as Roth did. The songs have lost their edge also. Van Halen died that year.

From: rock_dawg1 Date: February 22, 2004 at 7:22
Did anyone notice that Van Halen albums started going platinum after Hagar jumped on board? Van Halen had their best sucess with Sammy at the helm. 5150 for me is the best Van Halen album out there with amazing songs like Why Can't This Be Love, Summer Nights, Good Enough, and the masterpiece Love Walks In. VH might have had a few good songs with Roth as their front man but when it came to paydirt Hagar cranked out the hits as with 5150 Van Halen rang in a new era.

From: skyfirerick Date: February 24, 2004 at 21:09
Ok for you people that did not like Sammy on this one. Think about this there are NO Cover tunes at all on The Van Hagar albums. Don't get me wrong when Van Halen does a cover, it sounds way better than the original, and it also sounds fuller. Each lead singer made their mark. But you have to give credit to Sammy because He was leading his own Successful Band before he decided to join Van Halen.

From: Knuckles Date: February 25, 2004 at 9:24
Actually,me being a true rocker,I lost interest in Van Halen when they came out with DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY.Went to a whimpy sound directly after the rock sound of the first.Then I got back into them a bit,Woman and children,etc were decent releases,but then they came out with the ever dangerous ,in your face, Big Bad Bill ,and Happy trails?Wow.1984 was a good change in the right direction.Filled with good songs and a bit of key boards just for fun.Then Dave gets pissed at the change and leaves be

From: Lisbon_rock Date: February 26, 2004 at 16:09
This is my favorite VH album. Love this spirit! Tracks 2, 5 and 7 are simply GREAT!!!

From: Atomic Punk Date: February 28, 2004 at 11:56
The first and best album of the Hagar era. Excellent feel good tunes and every song is winner! But if asked which I prefer...New Halen or Old Halen? Most definately Old Halen.

From: Date: March 4, 2004 at 20:40
Roth sucks, he singed like he was voice-sick all the time, for me Hagar is an increible singer, and Eddie is great.

From: bundy Date: March 14, 2004 at 2:58
Much more intelligent lyrics and better delivery than any Roth-era albums. Not the best album they did with Hagar, but a wonderful prelude to the greatness that was yet to come...

From: Blaster Date: March 14, 2004 at 5:32
Although I love Roth era, I love this album and still play it all the time, every song is a winner. 'Dreams' and 'Why Can't This Be Love' sound nothing like the previous album, but theyre some of the best pop metal ever made. 'Love Walks In' is my favorite Van Hagar song ever, and 'Best Of Both Worlds' kicks ass. The album is kind of light and poppy, with songs like 'Summer Nights', but the songwriting is unforgettable and its produced perfectly and sounds really polished and perfect, A +

From: Dusty Date: March 15, 2004 at 10:12
I agree with you except for the perfect production, the drums don't sound as powerfull as the did on the first six records (and the last few as well)But the songs are great!

From: jack Date: May 20, 2004 at 3:32
Wow,three ballads or should i say three suberb ballad out of nine songs in this album.Out of the three,love walks in is my favourite, dreams is the best while why can't this be love is also good. Get up is a great rocking song,5150 get good bass technique and summernights is good too.only inside out is a totally crap song. I think its the worst songs i've ever heard. Minus that song,i think this album is just pure great.ratings:9/10 but cause of that lousy song(inside out).ratings:8/10

From: Rycheage Date: June 27, 2004 at 18:29
'5150' remains VH's best post-Roth album by a longshot, the only time any real enthusiasm was evident, not to mention the abundance of AOR and hard rock on offer, the impact of which would lessen with following releases.

From: Big Papa K Date: June 30, 2004 at 16:34
I have never been a big Sammy Hagar fan, but even I will admit the quality of this album. They are shifting further away from their old sound here and turn in their last consistent album. Great songs here ('Dreams', 'Best Of Both Worlds', 'Why Can't This Be Love'). 9/10

From: uusiolli Date: August 5, 2004 at 22:29
Simply the best Hagar-era album (so far at least). Totally different than Roth-era, and seemed to me Eddie was tired of being a guitar hero. I rate this one of the best AOR-records ever. 8/10

From: Wotty Date: August 17, 2004 at 18:27
Oh yes,the 80s.What an album Van Halen delvered in that glorious era,I dont think they have done better than this.Dreams,Love Walks In and Why Cant This Be Love...Classics.

From: BWH 'Indonesia' Date: November 28, 2004 at 2:20
It's great to see that they have done many ranges of various musical aspect (like Queen did),from speed and heavy tunes, bluesy tunes, melodic(some call it wimpy)tunes, to 'rockapella' and big band things like songs Big Bad Bill and Happy Trails(David did it again in his solo with song like Just A Gigolo). From guitar-driven songs to keys songs. From acoustic ballads to 'Extreme' songs{with Gary on it). Great expansion. They are musically genius.

From: Propane Date: December 3, 2004 at 16:18
Band is now DOA! My disappointment wasn't so much Sammy joining VH, as it was Sammy leaving us without his great band. There has rarely been a bass player that could match Bill Church, and Michael is not one of them. These guys totally sold out to pop on this one.

From: Wotty Date: December 3, 2004 at 16:48
Excuse me Mr/Mrs Propane.This is Van Halen's finest hour !!! Sold Out,my arse !!!!

From: Chad Date: December 4, 2004 at 0:02
Pro-Pain, This is certainly not a DOA release. Sammy helped this band out of a huge nosedive when Diamond left the band. This is a stellar release. Not much filler here. This was a shot in the arm to rock in '86. I remember cranking this one all summer long! Still listen to it today. Dated? Maybe a bit but what the hell has Diamond done lately? Put your money on Sammy and the boys to put out the tunes. Rely on Diamond for the press. All talk, no tunes.

From: Propane Date: December 4, 2004 at 19:04
I thought this was to critique albums, not others' opinoins?

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From: Whiplash1972 Date: December 4, 2004 at 19:50
Quote from Dan's instructions when commenting: 'Add your own comments/review about this disc' It may be your comments getting discussed, but they are indeed pertaining to the disc in question. Propain, as long as you continue to post literally dozens (possibly hundreds) of comments daily on the better known CDs found on this site, expect to get feedback, and it may indeed be negative, especially when you slam a very popular release. I would suggest slowing down a bit...HH isn't going anywhere..

From: jirky Date: December 28, 2004 at 2:52
david lee roth rules! no way Hagar

From: cook_jaime Date: January 24, 2005 at 13:40
This is by far my favorite Sammy-era VH album. I think it measures up to the Roth stuff (just a step below VH1, 1984, Fair Warning...). But without DLR Van Halen just isn't Van Halen. 8.5/10

From: Erik Date: January 24, 2005 at 15:29
Awesome cd and Van Halen and Sammy was a match made in heaven. Nothing could or can top that. Especially not DL a head as big as an airball and i cant sing only jump high Roth.

From: rene Date: May 18, 2005 at 12:16
Best album with Sammy hagar in my opinion. Great songs like BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, WHE CANīT THIS BE LOVE or SUMMER NIGHTS (great song for the summer).HAIL TO VAN HALEN AND HAIL TO SAMMY HAGAR.

From: poproxx2007 Date: December 27, 2005 at 0:45
Proving 1986 was an excellent year for music. One of Halen's best! With or Without Dave.

From: BIG-TIME Date: January 13, 2006 at 16:10
I love this CD WOW AWESOME, but I can't understand why people like DLR so F***ing much. The man CAN'T SING, just coz he was the first OoOoOoO (Geek out about it man). Yeah the Man was a total showman and had so much flair, but Sammy's voice totally rock's, it's a shame Hagar wasn't in the band from word one. All the album's before this are so awesome but the vocal's for me are just crap, Keep rocking all!!!

From: Remastered Reason Date: January 19, 2006 at 21:59
Roth or Hagar? It was a perfect time for this band to go through a transitioanl period. When they were young & brass, Roth fit perfectly, much better than Hagar would have been at the time. The songs were loud, heavy, full of attitude & to the point. As the band matured with better structured songs, Hagar was the right choice. Roth would not have fit in by this time. Does a 35 year od man still throw snowballs from a cliff at cars like he did when he was 14? Times change & like VH, for the bette

From: BIG-TIME Date: January 30, 2006 at 15:10
Sorry Remastered Reason but I dont agree but what's wrong being 35 and still throwing snow balls at car's. Have you tried it, it's FUUUUUUNNN... DLR was there from the begining yeah but I still think if Hagar was in the band from word one it might have been a better band. But then again it might not, dunno. And please could you do me a favour spell fit, with fitted. It's like math, no no no it's math's (plural), thanks...ROCK ON!!!

From: Priest On E Date: April 6, 2006 at 12:33
Greatest Hagar album...All downhill from here.Still managed to see bucketloads though, jesus sometimes you get the feeling Van Halen could sell an album full of fart noises and sell millions. Fair amount of rockers (GET UP,GOOD ENOUGH, INSIDE) ballad (WHY CAN'T THIS BE LOVE?) and cheese (DREAMS, 5150). Yes, from here on in Van Halen produced a fair amount of cheese...DLR wouldnt have had it. These are also the standout tracks. In a different league to DLR'S six albums...

From: BIG-TIME Date: July 1, 2006 at 9:29
WILL you dicks stop going on about DLR this album ROCK's. DLR was nothing compared to Sammy Hagar, and after he left the band ended up nothing while Van Halen went on to sell a bucket load more of CD's. DLR WAS NOT VH (as you fools seem to think), he had no influence over VH's musical style or compositions.

From: darobinson Date: December 20, 2007 at 19:30
This album is great!! To bad it sounds like it was recorded in my garage. The Hagar era albums need to be re-mastered. Their sound is horrible.

From: ghettonation73 Date: March 21, 2009 at 9:19
The Van Halen Stuff with Sammy isn't bad. Although It's not Dave, The 4 Sammy CDs still Rock. It's Gary Cherone they should've never Recruited. Nothing against Gary, but he should've stuck to Extreme

From: DNOMYTE Date: May 23, 2009 at 14:29
never liked Hagar's solo stuff and i really just hate his delivery, he is the ultimate cheese ball singer of the 80's in my opinion. The only thing that saves me from hating everything on this album is evh guitar playing. Sorry but Van Hagar sucks.

From: edwithmj Date: April 28, 2010 at 19:55
One of the first albums I bought and I still love it to this day. Sammy Hagar sounds better than ever: his vocals are powerful and very melodic indeed. Every song on here except for Inside is excellent. If you only get one album by them make this it.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 30, 2010 at 0:13
This was the first album VH recorded after the departure of the great David Lee Roth..but another great entered here,Mr Sammy Hagar!..well what can i say about this album..is just plagued with catchy tunes somehow they followed the success of the 1984 album but perhaps abusing a little bit more of the keys and samplers..."Why Can't This Be Love" was such an enormous hit back in the day along with "Dreams" and "Best Of Both Worlds"..in general lines a really nice album recorded in the middle of the best time in the history of music...the 80's!.90/100

From: pie75 Date: August 22, 2010 at 4:19
one thing i hate is when people refered to this era as van hagar that's crap i like roth's era but lets face it they were bigger,better and better musically when sammy came in he's a better singer then diamond dave ever will be sammy is capable on his own also dave has no real talent and falls apart without great musicians this and vh1 are their best albums with the exception of the inside every song on here is top shelf if you call yourself a van halen fan then you must love and own this album simple as that and the live dvd of this tour live without a net is testament to the talent going on with this album and lineup simply a classic and must have

From: dany69 Date: December 11, 2018 at 20:12
ok,,Roth got the classik VH,,,and i love him alots,,but Sammy is sooooooooo much melodic,,he putted another dimension in Van Halen,,,,David is a better frontman,,but Sammy got a better voice BY FARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

From: Rockhunter666 Date: October 13, 2020 at 1:56
RIP guitar god EVH

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