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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17: Recording artists Alex Van Halen (L) and David Lee Roth of Van Halen perform onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Van Halen: “Beautiful Girls”

The Hook: David Lee Roth says its lyrics “deal with the basics.”

Album: Van Halen II

Year: 1979

Writers: Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth

Stats: Peaked at number-84 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: “Beautiful Girls” was the second single off Van Halen II, and though it barely made a ripple on the Billboard charts, it’s been a rock radio staple ever since. Diamond Dave says that’s because the subject matter of his lyrics will never go out of fashion.

David Lee Roth on his lyrics to “Beautiful Girls.” OC:…the basics. :27

“I know that the technical and the mechanical changes, but humans do not. I’m tellin’ ya. From ashes to ashes and right back to Buckwheat, Spanky and Darwin. [Laughs] You can get your brand new Pentium processor with the 300 gigabyte soft floppy disc drive, plug in your seven color rayode daylight laser printout scanner machine and the first thing everybody puts up there is their favorite pornography. I deal with the basics.”