10. Diver Down - Van Halen
Most hard rock fans expect a certain standard when it comes to Van Halen. As time has gone on, almost every single release with David Lee Roth on vocals has had a sort of halo effect around it, almost like every single song could be considered a classic. On the other hand, both the band and fanbase have left Diver Down out to dry on countless occasions.
Written as a rush job to pump out another album, Diver Down is a different animal than the rest of the band's output, with half of the track listing being replaced with cover songs.
Though there might not be as much to choose from compared to other albums, this is still a fun-filled listen from back to front. Leaving Eddie to pad out the runtime with instrumentals, songs like "Cathedral" and the intro to "Little Guitars" are some of the most adventurous things he has ever taken on behind a six string.
Even the covers are well above average, with their take on "(Oh) Pretty Woman" becoming a massive hit and the story-driven "Big Bad Bill" bringing some levity to the situation. This is nowhere close to topping something like the band's debut or 1984, but on its own, Diver Down is one of the more entertaining listens that the early incarnation of Van Halen ever put out.