Van Halen


Composed by Alex Van Halen / David Lee Roth / Eddie Van Halen / Michael Anthony

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Van Halen's most successful and best-known hit single of the David Lee Roth era was undoubtedly "Jump," off their classic 1984 album. Although the single was a number one smash (staying at the top of the charts for five weeks), the song had been kicking around for several years unused -- it's rumored to have been written around the time of 1980's Women and Children First. Although it wasn't Van Halen's very first song to incorporate synthesizers/keyboards into their heavy rock sound (such tracks as "And the Cradle Will Rock," "One Foot Out the Door," and "Dancing in the Streets" already had), singer David Lee Roth felt that Eddie Van Halen should concentrate more on the guitar rather than keys. But Eddie was upset with the direction of their previous album, Diver Down (which was heavy on cover songs), and made it a point to put his foot down on 1984. It definitely helped that he had built his own recording studio, 5150, and when the others asked what he had up his sleeve for the new album, he said that the "keyboard thing was all he had left." The rest of the band obliged. It's rumored that David Lee Roth came up with the title after seeing TV news footage of a man attempting to commit suicide by leaping off a building, as bystanders were goading him to "jump." Both "Jump" and 1984 are rightfully considered by many to be among the '80s top rock accomplishments.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1984 Hudson Street
Live: Right Here, Right Now 1993 Rhino / Warner Bros. 4:27
No Image 1993 Warner Reprise Video / Warner Bros.
No Image 1994 European Import 4:27
Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1 1996 Warner Bros. 4:03
Video Hits, Vol. 1 1996 Warner Bros.
Best Of, Vol. 1 1996 Warner Reprise Video
No Image 1997 WEA/Warner
Van Halen Box: 1986-1993 1999 Warner Bros.
Best Of Superstars, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
WEA International 3:53
Van Halen Box: 1978-1984 2000 WEA International 4:03
Permission to Rock 2003
Various Artists
The Best of Both Worlds 2004 Rhino / Warner Bros. 4:04
Best of 80's Rock, Vol. 2 [Atracao Fonografica] 2004
Various Artists
No Image 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Headbanger's Bible: 45 of the Biggest Headbangers 2005
Various Artists
WEA International 4:01
Best Hit 80's 2005
Various Artists
My Generation: The Soundtrack of Our Lives - The Eighties, Vol. 1 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
One Shot 1984 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:05
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Rhino Hi-Five: Metal 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 4:04
No Image 2007
Various Artists
WEA/Bose 4:04
Hard 'N' Heavy [Immortal] 2008
Various Artists
Immortal 3:54
Right Here, Right Now 2008 WEA International
Revolutions in Sound: Warner Bros. Records - The First 50 Years 2008
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 4:02
The Very Best of: Live 2011 IDS / Rock Tapes
The Studio Albums 1978-1984 2013 Rhino / Warner Bros.
100 Hits: 80s Classics Karaoke 2014
Various Artists
100 Hits
Tokyo Dome in Concert 2015 Rhino
80's The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino 4:03
Absolute Rock Classics, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Eva 3:57
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Jump Live Intergroove
Jump/House of Pain Rhino / Warner Bros. 4:03
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