Van Halen didn't let too many of their songs go to waste. If a song appeared on a Van Halen album between their 1978 debut and 1995's Balance, it would also turn up on stage.

According to, there are a total of just eight non-instrumental tracks from those first 10 albums that the group did not play live at least once. They even played seven songs from 1998's much-maligned Van Halen III.

Despite that impressive usage rate, it's still possible to build a tantalizing list of songs Van Halen never performed in concert. The reasoning behind some set list exclusions is easily understood, but it's hard to deny how fun it would have been to see the group presenting these tracks on stage at least once.

10. "Baluchitherium"
From: Balance (1995)

The only tracks from Van Halen's fourth and final album with Sammy Hagar that weren't played live were its three instrumentals. The stomping "Baluchitherium," appropriately named after the largest prehistoric mammal, was the longest of those and the only one to feature three members of the band playing together. "We were actually working on lyrics and we ended up going, 'Fuck it, it sounds pretty good without vocals,' so we left it," Eddie Van Halen told Guitar World in 1995. "Sammy was relieved – 'Okay I got one less to work on.'" It would have been fun to hear Eddie work some of this into his nightly solo showcase.

9. "Push Comes to Shove"
From: Fair Warning (1981)

This slow-burning, reggae-tinged song is better suited for a quiet late-night listening session than it is for playing in front of an arena of screaming Van Halen fans. That's probably the main reason it's one of only two songs from the moody Fair Warning that were never played live. Eddie Van Halen also didn't seem to be the biggest fan of the track, describing it as "[David Lee] Roth's idea of trying to cash in on the reggae thing" in a 1996 Guitar World interview.

8. "You and Your Blues"
From: A Different Kind of Truth (2012)

It took nearly three decades for Van Halen to become a nostalgia act. The band's tour in support of their 2012 reunion with Roth marked the first time that a big chunk of Van Halen's set list wasn't devoted to their newest studio album. That's a shame, because A Different Kind of Truth contained many songs worthy of the attention – including three on this list. Start with the churning "You and Your Blues," which proved that the band's soaring background vocals could survive the departure of Michael Anthony.

7. "Feels So Good"
From: OU812 (1988)

In what might be the strangest omission on this list, the only original song from 1988's OU812 that wasn't played in concert was also the album's fourth single. Perhaps the band felt that there were already enough keyboard-based songs in their set lists, or that the instrumental part of this track wasn't dynamic enough to keep their rowdy crowds engaged? Whatever the reasoning, it's a bit of a missed opportunity because Hagar knocked the vocal out of the park.

6. "Inside"
From: 5150 (1986)

Granted, the first and last minutes of this song are largely dedicated to Van Halen cracking jokes about each other's wardrobes. That might not have gone over well live. In between that goofiness, however, Hagar delivers an inspired performance on the only song from his first album with Van Halen that never made it to the stage. He starts with jokes about the fashion changes he's had to make since joining the group, but quickly shifts to explaining a more serious desire to tackle new challenges – "something special, gimme someone new / some brand new group to sink my teeth into" – while effortlessly showing off the vocal range and power that helped land him the job.

5. "As Is"
From: A Different Kind of Truth (2012)

In a perfect world, this might have been both the opening track on A Different Kind of Truth and the first song Van Halen played every night on their next tour. The transition from Eddie and Alex Van Halen's thunderous, grinding introduction to the song's quicksilver main riff is among the most dramatic moments on this album. "As Is" also provides the perfect framework for Roth to re-establish his personality, wit and vocal style, and he lands direct hits on all fronts. The Van Halen family seemed into the idea of trying this one live: Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang were filmed playing the song at a soundcheck in 2012. Eddie told the lucky witnesses, "If Dave decides to sing it, at least we'll be prepared."

4. "Could This Be Magic?"
From: Women and Children First (1980)

As with "Push Comes to Shove," it's hard to imagine a Van Halen crowd sitting still through this gentle and quite loose acoustic number, which sounds like the band was performing at an oceanside campfire after sharing quite a few rounds together. It's a shame they never appeared on Unplugged; this would have been a perfect fit.

3. "Outta Space"
From: A Different Kind of Truth (2012)

Yes, an earlier version of "Outta Space" – then known as "Let's Get Rockin'" – was played during Van Halen's early club days. It's one of seven previously unreleased old songs the group re-worked for A Different Kind of Truth, and it might be the best of the bunch. The new arrangement is a definite improvement, and Roth's ecologically minded lyrics are another great example of how successfully he shifted and updated his approach and persona for his long-awaited studio return to Van Halen. Eddie's solo is, of course, thrilling.

2. "Top Jimmy"
From: 1984 (1984)

If forced by the threat of great personal harm to ban a 1984 song from Van Halen's set lists, it's better to choose this than "Hot for Teacher" or "Panama." Still, it seems downright criminal. Most of "Top Jimmy" is set to simmer rather than boil, so maybe the band decided it wasn't the best choice for the giant arenas they were playing at the time. Imagine Eddie suddenly lighting into these snaky opening guitar lines onstage.

1. "One Foot Out the Door"
From: Fair Warning (1981)

Fair Warning closes out with a particularly nasty one-two punch from Eddie Van Halen. First, he and Alex set a menacing mood on the slow-stomping instrumental "Sunday Afternoon in the Park," which features Eddie torturing a mini-synth to within an inch of its life. Then out of the blue, they kick the tempo up to full electro-boogie on "One Foot Out the Door," briefly inviting Roth in to tell the story of a forbidden quickie gone wrong. Just as quickly, Eddie shoves the singer back out of the studio again and delivers one of the most unhinged solos of his life. You can pretty clearly hear where the second verse would start, but Eddie just decides to play another solo instead. Most tantalizingly, he doesn't seem to be anywhere close to being finished as the song fades out. So the first thing we're doing when we get to the Van Halen wing of heaven is asking for a 10-minute live version of "One Foot Out the Door."

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