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In the words of Rolling Stone, “Van Halen almost single-handedly redefined heavy metal as sunny, pop-friendly California party music that managed to retain its physical power and virtuoso credentials.” As one of the greatest bands of all time, Van Halen set the standard for all metal groups to follow. The American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972 and from 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.
The band went on to become international superstars, and by the early 1980s, they were one of the most successful rock bands of all-time, 1984 being their most successful album. The lead single "Jump” became a smash hit around the world and was the group’s only single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The following singles, "Panama" and "I'll Wait", both reached number 13 on the U.S. charts. The album went on to sell over 12 million copies in the U.S. alone. In 1985, the band had its first change when they decided to replace lead singer David Lee Roth with former Montrose lead vocalist Sammy Hagar. With Hagar, the group would release four albums that became number one in the U.S. over the next 11 years. Hagar left the band in 1996 shortly before the release of the band's first greatest hits collection. Former extreme frontman Gary Cherone was quickly recruited as lead singer to replace Hagar, and Van Halen III was released in 1998. Cherone left the band in frustration in 1999 after the tour due to the poor commercial performance of the album. According to the RIAA, Van Halen is the 19th-best-selling band/artist in United States history, selling 56 million albums in the U.S. Van Halen is one of only five rock bands that have had two studio albums sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S. Additionally, Van Halen charted the most number-one hits in the history of Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart and they are one of the world's best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 80 million records worldwide. Van Halen achieved worldwide fame for their many popular songs and larger-than-life stage performances; they also became known for the drama surrounding the departures of former members. Controversy surrounded the band following the exits of Roth, Hagar, and Anthony; this controversy often included numerous conflicting press statements between the former members and the band. In 2007, Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. VH1 ranked them 7th on their list of the top 100 hard rock artists of all time.
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