Van Halen is an American rock band formed in Pasadena, California in 1972. They have enjoyed immediate popularity and influence from the release of their debut album, Van Halen in 1978, which lasted until the band´s lineup destabilized in the late 1990s. As of 2007 Van Halen has released eleven studio albums, two compilation albums and one live album, selling more than 80 million albums worldwide and earning the band the Guinness Book of World Records title for the most number one hits on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Van Halen is #19 on the list of top selling artists of all time (having sold more than 56 million albums in the U.S.) and is one of only five rock groups that have had two albums sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S. In addition to being recognized for artistic contributions and success, the band is known for the drama surrounding its lead singer spot.