* BrokenBase: Dave vs. Sammy. Doesn't help that the band changed its style in the latter period.
* CoveredUp: Many of their covers are better known than the originals; regarding "You Really Got Me", Ray Davies himself said that it sounds better than [[Music/TheKinks his band's]] own version (the original, mind).
* DorkAge: The Hagar stuff for some; whoever came after Hagar for most.
** Enters CanonDiscontinuity, as the band released a compilation with songs by both Sammy and David, but not the third guy.
*** Gary Cherone, for his part, was gracious enough to not speak out about any of this (including his non-inclusion in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction). Considering the way he was treated by the band during his tenure with them, he had every right to.
* EpicRiff: "Panama", "Jump", "Hot for Teacher", "Runnin' with the Devil"...
** Even happens without guitars: the aforementioned "Hot for Teacher" is very well known for its opening drum solo, "When It's Love" for its opening synth riff, and "Right Now" opens with quite the piano riff.
** Alex's hypnotic JungleDrums opening to "Everybody Wants Some!!!" may count.
** The jet-engine-like effect on "...And The Cradle Will Rock", achieved by Eddie playing low cluster chords on a Wurlitzer electric piano amplified by a distorted Marshall stack with an MXR flanger stompbox effect plugged into the amp.
* FanNickname: The Hagar years are known as Van Hagar, and the Cherone ones as [[DorkAge Van Horrible]].
* [[HolyShitQuotient HSQ]]: Spread across all of their music, it's somewhere in the hundreds, maybe even the thousands. Don't forget what's on the blackboard in the "Hot For Teacher" music video.
* HypeBacklash: Gary Cherone was hyped as having "a voice like Sammy Hagar and the stage presence of David Lee Roth." The poor guy was doomed from the start.
** Pretty much. The real headache with Cherone is that he was never a literal or vocal fit to begin with. Look at the two music videos they did, "Fire In The Hole" and "Without You"; it's clear he was in much better shape than the rest of the band (but in their defense, each original band member at the time was/is 7-8 years older than Cherone). When he joined Van Halen, he altered his delivery to try to match the band's well-known sound, instead of singing at his previously known register with Extreme. If he had tried to sing the way he normally does, Van Halen may have been a much different band with him.
** The actual Roth reunion. Full stop. While fan complaints about various aspects such as Michael Anthony's replacement were initially overriden by the wave of hype behind Roth, the tide has slowly turned against the band between an album that contained pre-Hagar era tracks and full of filler, Eddie reentering rehab and getting into fights with his own son backstage, releasing their first live album with Roth and him not able to be in tune and not even showing up for their own Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame induction. Not helping is Hagar who at first wished them well, but after a comment from Roth knocking Hagar's songs with the band, Sam seems to rip into them every time he gets asked now.
* InsufferableGenius: Eddie, depending on who you ask...
* MisBlamed: Eddie was already shifting the band's sound when Sammy came in. Part of the misblame is arguably due to Dave's opposition to said shifting.
** Similarly, [[ReplacementScrappy Gary Cherone]] is usually blamed for ''Van Halen III'''s status as being terrible despite arguably being the best actual ''singer'' the band has ever had. They also brought back the DLR-era songs in their setlist, which were largely absent during the Hagar era.
** An oft-circulated story in the 1980s was that they did $85,000 worth of damage to Colorado State University-Pueblo's basketball arena after discovering brown [=M&Ms=] in their candy bowl. While Roth ''did'' indeed vandalize the backstage area to the tune of $12,000 after discovering brown [=M&Ms=], the higher figure was the fault of the venue and the venue alone, as they neglected to follow weight requirements when reading the rider. As a result, the immense weight of their setup caused it to go ''straight through the floor'' because it was incapable of bearing that great a burden, which was where the >$80,000 worth of damage came from. See SecretTest in the main page for more information on the M&M clause.
* NeverLiveItDown: The aforementioned "no brown M&M's" rider. However, it has also been hailed as a clever SecretTest idea to make sure their concert arrangements are set properly.
* ReplacementScrappy: There's a reason the Sammy Hagar era band is referred to as Van Hagar, and the Gary Cherone era band is referred to as Van Horrible.
** Wolfgang Van Halen is regarded as an inferior bassist to Michael Anthony as well, though this can boil down to fans still being bitter on Michael being forced out for [[NoodleIncident no clear reason.]]
* SampledUp: You might not know "Jamie's Cryin'", but is probable you've heard Tone Loc's "Wild Thing".
* {{Signature Song}}s: "You Really Got Me", "Jamie's Cryin'", "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love", "Runnin' With the Devil", "Jump", "Panama", and "Hot for Teacher" for the David Lee Roth era. For the Sammy Hagar era, there's "Dreams", "When It's Love", "Right Now", and most famously "Why Can't This Be Love". For Hagar's solo career it's almost certainly "I Can't Drive 55".
* SongAssociation:
** "Jump" with sports in general. [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball Olympique de Marseille and Brøndby IF]] open their home games with it, [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball A.C. Milan]] plays it when they score a goal at their home stadium, and WGN-TV in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} once used it to introduce broadcasts of [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} Chicago]] [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Cubs]] games.
** "Right Now" with the short-lived [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_Pepsi Crystal Pepsi]], thanks to that song being used heavily in commercials for the product for more or less its entire lifespan (1992-93).
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Dave left the band in 1985 because Eddie wanted to change their style. With Dave out of the way, Eddie did just that, incurring the wrath of fans who slammed the band for "not being fun anymore".
* VindicatedByHistory: Three albums were not well-received at the time of release, but now they are looked upon with somewhat kinder eyes. Songs from Roth-era ''Fair Warning'' are still played on the radio today. ''5150'' was Hagar's first, which caused the BrokenBase, but now both camps tend to admit the other had some good material. And then, the still-divisive ''Van Halen III'' is now getting some positive recognition from people who actually took the time to listen to the songs.
** Also, when the true reason for the brown M&M's contract rider came out (As a sign that their concert setup safety arrangements contact was read thoroughly), it was hailed as a clever SecretTest idea to make sure things were properly arranged.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Despite Diamond Dave's 80's image, he [[WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}} DOES NOT DO COCAINE!]]
** He was off ''illicit'' drugs. He did clean up once to record "Jamie's Cryin'", but... well, TheOtherWiki speaks for itself:
-->For recording of the song vocalist David Lee Roth wanted to go for a cleaner, "poppier" sound and quit smoking and drinking for a week before the final version was to be recorded. The band noticed the difference and Ted Templeman ordered him outside to smoke a cigarette. He smoked one, and drank half a bottle of whiskey, returning half an hour later and recording the track.
* YokoOhNo: According to an [[http://www.laweekly.com/2012-05-31/music/van-halen-ted-cohen-staples-center-june_2012/ LA Weekly article]], Valerie Bertinelli is to blame for causing tension within the band that ultimately resulted in Roth's dismissal.

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