Van Halen III

Warner Bros / Wea
Release date
17 Mar 1998
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Neworld 1:45 14,874
2 Without You 6:25 18,069
3 One I Want 5:29 14,433
4 From Afar 5:14 14,685
5 Dirty Water Dog 5:20 13,270
6 Once 7:36 12,836
7 Fire in the Hole 5:25 14,912
8 Josephina 5:37 13,029
9 Year to the Day 8:29 12,320
10 Primary 1:26 11,742
11 Ballot or the Bullet 5:36 12,439
12 How Many Say I 6:00 11,299

About this album

Van Halen III is the eleventh studio album by American hard rock band Van Halen, released in 1998. It is the only Van Halen album to feature Gary Cherone on lead vocals, and is commonly said to be Van Halen’s most unpopular album; no songs from it are featured on The Best of Both Worlds, the band’s 2004 greatest hits compilation, and the album itself is not even listed on the band’s discography.

The album’s only significant radio hit was “Without You”, which reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the March 7, 1998 issue of Billboard, and remained at #1 for six weeks. Other songs receiving airplay on rock radio were “Fire in the Hole” and “One I Want”. The album’s final song, “How Many Say I”, was an unusual acoustic piano ballad featuring guitarist Eddie Van Halen (mostly) on lead vocals with Gary Cherone doing vocals with him at the chorus. Year To The Day is also featured. This is the longest Van Halen studio track, at 8 minutes and 42 seconds. Also, one particular song, “That’s Why I Love You”, from the VH3 sessions, was leaked to the public before the album went on sale, but the band’s deeper appreciation for another song (“Josephina”, named after Gary’s mother) caused it to replace the former on the lineup and supposedly was the reason why the album release was postponed three more weeks.

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  • Schnedlit

    This album was doomed from the start and that's unfortunate because it's an EXCELLENT Album!!!

    25 Apr 11:02pm Reply
  • Patres87

    Ed's tone sucked on this big time, Gary's vocals were too stretched for his range, he certainly was pushing his limits, which made him sound unnatural for his range, at some songs he just could sing an octave lower at the song would come out much better. The there is the almost hollow sound throughout the whole album, the mid's are way too much in the foreground. A much more warmer sound would be more welcome. Alex doesn't sound so confident and I sometimes get a feeling like at was in charge of the whole rhythm section no only on the bass. The songs are great and the band was progressing very fast in the 90's and this could be their pinnacle but you often get that feeling that the song isn't going anywhere or simply looses its momentum.

    28 Mar 2:16pm Reply
  • usrejects

    I like all incarnations of Van Halen. I used to not like III, but listening to it again recently, I quite like it. It's very different than the Roth and Hagar albums, so it's understandable it frustrated fans (I was one of them back then), but it actually ages well, and it's musically more interesting than many of their other albums, including the most recent one with Roth back on vocals. Maybe they should've kept this going on as a side project, under a different name.

    13 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Thradar

    There's a reason this version of VH only produced one album. To say this album is in any way good is pure denial.

    5 Jan 2014 Reply
  • theytsejamer

    Extreme album, by Van Halen...

    17 Oct 2013 Reply
  • hadomaru

    It's not bad. I like it better than the Haggar years, but it's no Roth Van Halen.

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • satchalicious

    I wanted to like it. I wanted to be one of the few people who rated it as a decent effort. It's not a terrible album, but it's far from being a great one. [2]

    23 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Cheapskateninja

    I feel like the long track lengths of this album hurt it for me. I just don't feel compelled to listen to a 6-8 minute long Van Halen song, so I tend to overlook them.

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
  • 27Vadim27

    не особо альбом

    4 Dec 2012 Reply
  • nssworld

    Very underrated album.. incredibly moody, sonic and textured.

    1 Dec 2011 Reply
  • glamztermazter

    ....I listen VH since like 3 or 4 year, recently i listened this and i LIKE IT!! 8/10

    4 Apr 2011 Reply
  • cesareslava73

    It's a great album. It´s not like others, but It´s good, memorable.

    9 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Pennyroya1Tea

    not bad

    9 Feb 2011 Reply
  • KingsAndQueen

    This album lacks David ;O; oh gosh, actually i know Eddie is completely fabulous. But Roth is part of VH's magic! What the hell were they thinking ?

    25 Jan 2011 Reply
  • kwebb007

    Gary Cherone, I hate you. Go die nOOb. No one loves you.

    7 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Hawkdaddyfoolz

    Van Failin'

    18 Aug 2010 Reply
  • suryopras

    I love this album, Josephina is my favorite

    15 Aug 2010 Reply
  • asterix_13

    terrible album. .terrible production, mediocre songs

    30 Dec 2009 Reply
  • rmarkmatthews

    Am I the only one that wonders what this album would've sounded like if Glen Ballard had produced it instead of Eddie and a guy who scores TV shows?

    28 Sep 2009 Reply
  • walkingonthesun

    Some of the songs on this aren't actually half bad, true, the David Lee Roth era was much better, but at least this tops the entire Hagar era! :P

    16 Feb 2009 Reply
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