Everybody Wants Some!!

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"Everybody Wants Some!!"
Single by Van Halen
from the album Women and Children First
A-side"And the Cradle Will Rock..."
B-side"Everybody Wants Some!!"
ReleasedMay 1980
RecordedDecember 1979 – February 1980[1]
GenreHard rock, heavy metal
LabelWarner Bros. Records
Songwriter(s)Michael Anthony, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth.
Producer(s)Ted Templeman

"Everybody Wants Some!!" is the second track on American hard rock band Van Halen's 1980 album Women and Children First. It is one of the band's most popular songs, starting as a concert highlight throughout the band's early career.


The song is rife with experimental features including a "jungle" drum-vocal introduction and some new guitar playing techniques from guitarist Eddie Van Halen. The drum-vocal interlude or breakdown section has an improvised feel, with Roth ad-libbing conversational dialogue; for example, he begins the section by saying “I like…” before being cut off by Eddie striking a guitar chord. At the very end of the song, Roth says, "Look, I'll pay you for it, what the fuck?" However, the song fades out to where the obscenity is not audible.

The song was a staple on all of the tours with Roth following its release. Often, the band would stop in the middle of the song and Roth would chat with the crowd for several minutes before finishing the song. In later years, with their later lead singers, Van Halen would use the opening drum beat from this song as an introduction into "Panama."[2]

In popular culture[edit]

The song appeared in the 1985 comedy Better Off Dead in a humorous claymation scene.[3] It is also featured in the 2009 horror-comedy Zombieland.[4]

It is also featured in the 2016 Richard Linklater film Everybody Wants Some!!


  1. ^ "AesthetiX Choice: Top 20 Van Halen Songs". Listal.com. Listal.com. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Everybody Wants Some!!". vhnd.com. vhnd.com. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Everybody Wants Some!!". vhnd.com. vhnd.com. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Zombieland". imdb.com. imdb.com. Retrieved 24 April 2015.

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