Runnin' with the Devil

"Runnin' with the Devil"
Van Halen - Runnin' With The Devil US single cover.jpg
Single by Van Halen
from the album Van Halen
B-side"Eruption"
ReleasedMay 6, 1978 (1978-05-06)
Recorded1977
GenreHard rock
Length3:34
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Ted Templeman
Van Halen singles chronology
"You Really Got Me"
(1978)
"Runnin' with the Devil"
(1978)
"Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love"
(1978)
Music video
"Runnin' with the Devil" on YouTube

"Runnin' with the Devil" is the second single from Van Halen's 1978 eponymous debut album. The song lyrics were inspired by the Ohio Players song "Runnin' from the Devil".[1] In 2009, it was named the 9th greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1.[2] Chuck Klosterman of Vulture.com ranked it the eighth-best Van Halen song, praising the staccato bass playing as well as David Lee Roth's vocal performance.[3]

  1. ^ Van Halen I. Classicvanhalen.com.
  2. ^ "Vh1 Top 100 Hard Rock Songs". Archived from the original on May 14, 2016. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  3. ^ Klosterman, Chuck (October 6, 2020). "All 131 Van Halen Songs, Ranked From Worst to Best A look back at the band's formidable legacy". Vulture.com. Retrieved October 9, 2020.