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Song Of The Weekend: Van Halen – “Standing On Top Of The World”


There are many opinions about which line up of Van Halen was the best.  While I have many fond memories of the early years with David Lee Roth (DLR), I believe Sammy Haggar brought their songwriting to new heights.  It was almost as if the group matured into serious musicians with more complex arrangements and better lyrics.  It was no longer about just showing off and keeping it light.  In addition Sammy’s vocal range far exceeded anything DLR could offer and allowed them to write in different keys.   I’ve always felt like Sammy doesn’t get the respect he deserves as a singer.   Of course they could still get down and dirty with the best of them, but songs like “Standing On Top Of The World” still stand the test of time.

Sadly this group of band members couldn’t manage to stay together and in my humble opinion Van Halen lost a bit of its magic as a result.  I doubt Eddie and Alex will ever reach these heights again.  The recent reincarnation with DLR again is a shadow of their former selves.  Sammy seems content to manage his business empire and play in his new band Chickenfoot with Michael Anthony for fun – good for him.  However, for a brief moment in time it did feel like they were standing on top of the world…

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