Amsterdam (Van Halen song)

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Single by Van Halen
from the album Balance
B-side "Finish What Ya Started (live)" / "When It's Love (live)"
Released 1995 (1995)
Format Compact disc
Recorded 1994 (1994)
Genre Hard Rock
Length 4:45
Label Warner Bros. Records
Writer(s) Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Alex Van Halen and Eddie Van Halen
Producer(s) Bruce Fairbairn
Van Halen singles chronology
"Not Enough" "Amsterdam" "Humans Being"

"Amsterdam" is a rock song written by the group Van Halen for their 1995 album Balance. It was released as single to mainstream rock radio and peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart during the summer of 1995 (see 1995 in music).[1]

According to a 1995 interview on Dutch radio, the song is based upon Sammy Hagar's tourist impression of Amsterdam, such as the freedom he felt in the city.

According to Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga, Eddie and Alex Van Halen didn't like the lyrics, feeling the song did their birthplace a disservice. Sammy, however, wouldn't budge, as it was about his tourist impression over the memories of the Van Halen family homeland.


  1. ^ Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks - Chart Listing For The Week Of Jun 24 1995

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