When It's Love

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

"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.

References[edit]

  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