When It's Love

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"When It's Love"
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Single by Van Halen
from the album OU812
B-side "Cabo Wabo"
Released June 1988
Genre Rock
Length 5:38
Label Warner Bros.
Van Halen singles chronology
"Black and Blue"
"When It's Love"
"Finish What Ya Started"

"When It's Love" is a power ballad[1] by the American rock band Van Halen. It was released as a single from their album OU812. It was the most popular song from that album, hitting #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts and #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[2] The song has been a live performance staple since it was released in 1988. The song was also included in the set list for the band's ill-fated 1998 tour with Gary Cherone. Eddie has stated that this particular guitar solo is a nod to Eric Clapton.

It was featured on a VH1 special, "The Greatest: 25 Greatest Power Ballads," where it was ranked as the 24th greatest power ballad of all time.


  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/ou812-mw0000652188
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th ed, Billboard Publications, Inc. 1996. ISBN 0-8230-7632-6