Van Halen Had 20 of the Top 25 Tracks on Billboard’s Hard Rock Sales Chart Last Week

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Last week, the rock and metal world were crushed to learn that Eddie Van Halen, guitar legend and co-founder of the funnest band in the world, had died at the age of 65. The one upside to this tragedy is that it got the entire world listening to Van Halen again, with the band’s sales figures jumping 6,000% on the day of Eddie’s death alone. Now, it appears that Van Halen have landed solidly on Billboard’s Hard Rock Digital Sales Chart — in 20 out of the top 25 spots.

As reported by our friends at MetalSucks, Van Halen dominated the Hard Rock Digital Song Sales chart, taking 20 of the 25 slots and locking in nine out of the top 10 (with AC/DC’s new song “Shot In The Dark” breaking their streak). Take a look:

  1. Van Halen “Jump”
  2. Van Halen “Panama”
  3. Van Halen “Eruption”
  4. Van Halen “Runnin’ with the Devil”
  5. Van Halen “You Really Got Me”
  6. Van Halen “Why Can’t This be Love”
  7. Van Halen “Dance the Night Away”
  8. AC/DC “Shot in the Dark”
  9. Van Halen “Hot for Teacher”
  10. Van Halen “Right Now”
  11. Van Halen “Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love”
  12. Van Halen “Jamie’s Cryin’”
  13. Van Halen “Dreams”
  14. Van Halen “Love Walks In”
  15. Van Halen “When It’s Love”
  16. Van Halen “I’ll Wait”
  17. AC/DC “Thunderstruck”
  18. Van Halen “Beautiful Girls”
  19. Spiritbox “Holy Roller”
  20. Van Halen “Unchained”
  21. Van Halen “And the Cradle Will Rock…”
  22. Bon Jovi “Livin’ On a Prayer”
  23. Van Halen “(Oh) Pretty Woman”
  24. Disturbed “The Sound of Silence”
  25. Van Halen “Ice Cream Man”

Meanwhile, though they didn’t dominate it quite as much, the Hot Hard Rock Songs chart still featured Van Halen in its top three slots, and showed them taking six out of the top 10:

  1. Van Halen “Jump”
  2. Van Halen “Panama”
  3. Van Halen “Runnin’ with the Devil”
  4. Linkin Park “In the End”
  5. Van Halen “You Really Got Me”
  6. Van Halen “Eruption”
  7. Van Halen “Hot for Teacher”
  8. AC/DC “Shot in the Dark”
  9. Five Finger Death Punch “A Little Bit Off”
  10. The Hu “Wolf Totem” ft. Jacoby Shaddix
  11. Seether “Dangerous”
  12. Corey Taylor “Black Eyes Blue”
  13. Deftones “Ohms”
  14. I Prevail “Every Time You Leave” ft. Delaney Jane
  15. Bring Me The Horizon “Parasite Eve”
  16. Badflower “30”
  17. Metallica/SFSO “All Within My Hands”
  18. The Pretty Reckless “Death by Rock and Roll”
  19. Three Days Grace “Somebody That I Used to Know”
  20. Shinedown “Atlas Falls”
  21. Bring Me The Horizon with YUNGBLUD “Obey”
  22. Spiritbox “Holy Roller”
  23. Marilyn Manson “We Are Chaos”
  24. Deftones “Genesis”
  25. Starset “Trials”

If you’re a cynic and somehow needed proof that Eddie Van Halen mattered, here it is.


Words by Chris Krovatin