INGLEWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Singer David Lee Roth, musicians Alex Van Halen and Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen perform at their dress rehearsal for family and friends at the Forum on February 8, 2012 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

WCSX Classic Cuts

Van Halen: “Dance the Night Away”

The Hook: More cowbell!!!

Album: Van Halen II

Year: 1979

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

Stats: Peaked at number-15 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: “Dance the Night Away” was Van Halen’s first single to crack the Top 20. David Lee Roth explains that maybe it was because they added a little flavor to it.

Van Halen singer David Lee Roth on “Dance the Night Away.” OC:…is physical. :25

“’Dance the Night Away’ has a little bit of a Latin kind of taste in there, which I always thought went perfect with rock and roll. Banging on a cowbell, whether it was ‘Mississippi Queen’ or ‘Down on the Corner,’ Creedence, with the cowbell. Whatever, you know, it always made sense. Toss that into the song, I thought it fit real well. And dancing is what it’s all about – at least 50 percent of all rock and roll is physical.”