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INGLEWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Musician Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen performs at their dress rehearsal for family and friends at the Forum on February 8, 2012 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Van Halen: “It’s About Time”

The Hook: A song for the band’s fans about getting back together.

Album: The Best of Both Worlds

Year: 2004

Writers: Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and Sammy Hagar

Stats: Peaked at number-four on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Background: Eddie and Alex Van Halen reunited with Sammy Hagar in 2004 for the Best of Both Worlds compilation, featuring three brand new songs, and a best-selling summer tour. Sammy Hagar remembers how they came up with the first single from that album.

Sammy Hagar on “It’s About Time.” OC:…about time [laughs]. :26

“’It’s About Time’ was almost a concept by Al and I.It wan’t about calling the song that, but it was, like, ‘I need to write a song directly to the fans about, hey, we’re back.’ Y’know, like, Al was saying, ‘Something like “Thank You,”’ Or he was laying things on me like that and it’s all just coming together. And pretty soon that song just, bam, the light went on. Really, it’s about time we should do this and so we just made it about time in general. What’s the song about? It’s about time. Yeah, but what’s it about? It’s about time. [laughs]”