Quiz about Van Halen Singles
Quiz about Van Halen Singles

Van Halen Singles Trivia Quiz

Can you match the Van Halen single to the album it was released on? ("Women and Children First" and "Balance" not represented in this quiz)

A matching quiz by reedy. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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4 mins
Match Quiz
Quiz #
Dec 03 21
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1. "Van Halen" (1978)  
Top of the World
2. "Van Halen II" (1979)  
3. "Fair Warning" (1981)  
(Oh) Pretty Woman
4. "Diver Down" (1982)  
Why Can't This Be Love
5. "1984" (1984)  
Finish What Ya Started
6. "5150" (1986)  
Runnin' with the Devil
7. "OU812" (1988)  
8. "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" (1991)  
So This is Love?
9. "Van Halen III" (1998)  
Dance the Night Away
10. "A Different Kind of Truth" (2012)  
Without You

Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. "Van Halen" (1978)

Answer: Runnin' with the Devil

"Runnin' with the Devil" was Van Halen's second single from their first, self-titled album, after "You Really Got Me". The album also produced a third single, "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love".

"Runnin' with the Devil" was inspired by the song of the same name by the Ohio Players, which appeared on their sixth album, "Fire" in 1974.

It reached number 84 on the Billboard Hot 100.
2. "Van Halen II" (1979)

Answer: Dance the Night Away

"Dance the Night Away" was the first of two singles from "Van Halen II", along with "Beautiful Girls". It was also the first single by Van Halen to make it into the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 15.
3. "Fair Warning" (1981)

Answer: So This is Love?

"So This is Love?" was the first of four singles released from "Fair Warning". It didn't quite make the top 100 of the Billboard Hot 100... it reached number 110... but it fared quite well on the US Mainstream Rock chart, topping out at number 15.

The other singles from "Fair Warning" were "Mean Street", "Push Comes to Shove", and "Unchained".
4. "Diver Down" (1982)

Answer: (Oh) Pretty Woman

Van Halen's cover of Roy Orbison's 1964 hit was a successful release for the band, as well. It peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Van Halen's second single to break into the top 20. The release also included a (mostly) guitar intro entitled "Intruder".

Five other songs were released as singles from "Diver Down": "Dancing in the Street", "Secrets", "Little Guitars", "The Full Bug", and "Where Have All the Good Times Gone".
5. "1984" (1984)

Answer: Jump

"Jump" was the first Van Halen single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and was perhaps the catalyst that led to David Lee Roth leaving the group over artistic differences. Preceded by a synthesizer solo ("1984"), "Jump" is driven by that familiar rolling synth line that has made it one of Van Halen's signature songs.
6. "5150" (1986)

Answer: Why Can't This Be Love

"Why Can't This Be Love" was the first of five singles released from "5150", along with "Dreams", "Love Walks In", "Best of Both Worlds", and "Summer Nights".

"Why Can't This Be Love" became Van Halen's second hit to crack the top five of the Billboard Hot 100, hitting number three. It also helped push the album up the ranks to become Van Halen's first number one album (on the Billboard 200).
7. "OU812" (1988)

Answer: Finish What Ya Started

Six different singles came from the album "OU812", with "Finish What Ya Started" being the third one released. It hit number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, but didn't fare as well as "When It's Love", which topped out at number five.

The other singles from the album were "Black and Blue", "Cabo Wabo", "Mine All Mine", and "Feels So Good".

"OU812" also reached number one on the Billboard 200.
8. "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" (1991)

Answer: Top of the World

"For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" had six different single releases, with "Top of the World" faring the best on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching number 27. But it hit number one on the US Mainstream Rock chart, along with "Poundcake" and "Runaround", while "Right Now" got to number two. The other singles from the album were "The Dream is Over" and "Man on a Mission".

"For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" was Van Halen's third number one hit on the Billboard 200 under Sammy Hagar as the lead singer. They would also hit number one with their next album, "Balance", making a clean sweep for the Hagar years.
9. "Van Halen III" (1998)

Answer: Without You

With newcomer Gary Cherone on lead vocals, "Van Halen III" produced three singles, with none of them making the Billboard Hot 100. "Without You", however, did reach number one on the US Mainstream Rock chart. The other singles from the album were "One I Want" and "Fire in the Hole".

This was Cherone's only album with Van Halen, and it reached number four on the Billboard 200.
10. "A Different Kind of Truth" (2012)

Answer: Tattoo

David Lee Roth reunited with the members of Van Halen (with Eddie's son Wolfgang Van Halen replacing longtime bassist Michael Anthony) for this album, which had just two singles released. "Tattoo" reached number 67 on the Billboard Hot 100, while "She's the Woman" did not make a mark on the chart. They reached to number 13 and number 23 on the US Mainstream Rock chart, respectively.
Source: Author reedy

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