Van Halen “1984” – Released on January 9th, 1984
Posted 1/9/2013 12:00:00 AM

Van Halen “1984” – Released on January 9th, 1984


Conversation starters:

  • “1984” was released 29 years ago today and would be David Lee Roth’s last album with Van Halen for almost three decades. Did Sammy Hagar do a better job as the frontman?
  • Van Halen released “1984” 29 years ago today! Did you prefer the poppy flair of “Jump” or are you more taken with the rest of the album’s traditional Van Halen grit?
  • It’s the anniversary of Van Halen’s album“1984”! It has been touted as one of Van Halen’s flagship LPs; what are your thoughts?


Album Fast Facts

  • U.S. Release Date: January 4, 1984
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Album Producer: Ted Templeman
  • 1984 marks Van Halen’s 6th studio album
  • Eddie Van Halen wanted to make the album to more keyboard-heavy and David Lee Roth and Ted Templeman discouraged him. In response, he built a studio in his backyard and composed the album there
  • Eddie named the studio 5150, which designates is the code that designates the authority to state officials to involuntarily institutionalize an individual who is mentally unstable in the California Penal System
  • This was David Lee Roth’s last album with Van Halen until 2012’s A Different Kind of Truth after a side stint as a solo artist raised a furor among his bandmates
  • David Lee Roth originally wanted to commission an album cover featuring “dancing, chrome women”
  • The album cover’s artist, Margo Nahas, chose to model her friend’s son with candy cigarettes as the final concept
  • The album is one of Van Halen’s most popular, and has sold 12 million copies in the US alone
  • Numerous album songs including “Jump”, “Hot For Teacher”, and “Panama” are playable in the Guitar Hero video game series
  • “Panama’s” automotive roots can be heard in the racing video game Gran Turismo 4 and the blockbuster comedy Superbad
  • “Jump” can often be heard at sporting events, and was used at the theme for the Winnipeg Jets upon the album’s release


1984 Track Listing

  1.  1984 
  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



Billboard Hot 100 (1984)

  • #1 “Jump”
  • #13 “Panama”
  • #13 “I’ll Wait”
  • #56 “Hot for Teacher”


Billboard 200 (1984)

  • Peaked at #2







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