Van Halen II

Van Halen II
Van Halen II
Studio album by Van Halen
Released March 23, 1979
Recorded December 1978 - January 1979, Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, CA
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 32:00
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Ted Templeman
Van Halen chronology
Van Halen
Van Halen II
Women and Children First
Singles from Van Halen II
  1. "Dance the Night Away"
    Released: 1979
  2. "Beautiful Girls"
    Released: 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (C+)[2]
Rolling Stone (1979 Review) (not rated)[3]
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Van Halen II is the second album by American hard rock band Van Halen, released in 1979.



The actual recording of the album took place less than a year after the release of the band's eponymous debut album. Many of the songs on this album have been known to exist prior to the release of the first album, and are present (in various forms) on the demos recorded in 1976 by KISS' Gene Simmons and 1977 by Ted Templeman, including an early version of "Beautiful Girls" (then known as "Bring on the Girls") and "Somebody Get Me a Doctor," (The album version is only slightly different than the demo versions).[citation needed]

The black-and-yellow guitar on the back of the album is buried with Dimebag Darrell. Eddie Van Halen placed it in his casket at his funeral because Dimebag had said it was his favorite.[4] However, Eddie himself stated in interviews that the guitar itself was not actually used on the Van Halen II album, as it had only been completed just in time for the photo shoots for the album. David Lee Roth is shown in a cast in the inner liner notes, as he allegedly broke his right foot making the leap and accidentally landing on the bottom of the microphone stand also seen in the picture on the back cover.[5]

Track listing

All songs written by Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "You're No Good" (Clint Ballard, Jr.) 3:16
2. "Dance the Night Away"   3:06
3. "Somebody Get Me a Doctor"   2:52
4. "Bottoms Up!"   3:05
5. "Outta Love Again"   2:51
6. "Light Up the Sky"   3:13
7. "Spanish Fly" (Instrumental) 1:00
8. "D.O.A."   4:09
9. "Women in Love..."   4:08
10. "Beautiful Girls"   3:56
Total length:



  • Producer: Ted Templeman
  • Engineers: Corey Bailey, Jim Fitzpatrick, Donn Landee
  • Assistant engineers: Corey Bailey, Jim Fitzpatrick
  • Remastering: Gregg Geller
  • Project coordinator: Jo Motta
  • Art direction: Dave Bhang
  • Design: Dave Bhang
  • Artwork: Dave Bhang
  • Photography: Elliot Gilbert, Neil Zlozower


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[6] 2× Platinum 200,000^
France (SNEP)[7] Gold 100,000*
United States (RIAA)[8] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone



Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1979 Pop Albums 6


Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1979 "Dance The Night Away" Billboard Hot 100 15
1979 "Beautiful Girls" Billboard Hot 100 84


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