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Van Halen released their self titled debut album Feb. 10, 1978!

The album is included in Colin Larkin’s book “Top 50 Heavy Metal Albums”. “Eruption” is ranked as the 2nd greatest guitar solo by Guitar World magazine. Reader’s of Guitar World ranked “Van Halen” at #7 on their list of the “Greatest Guitar Albums Of All Time”. It ranks at #415 on the list “500 Greatest Albums Of All Time” according to Rolling Stone and #27 on their “100 Best Debut Albums Of All Time” list. “Van Halen”, the debut album from Van Halen turns 43 today!

— Doug O’Brien