In 1981, Van Halen released their fourth studio album, Fair Warning. The album produced four top 30 hits on the Mainstream Rock charts. The fourth single was Unchained, which peaked at number 13 on the Mainstream Rock charts in 1981.
Chuck Klosterman of Vulture.com named it the second-best Van Halen song, writing that it “merely feels like insatiable straight-ahead rock, but the lick is freaky, obliquely hovering above the foundation while the drums oscillate between two unrelated performance philosophies.”
We agree! Simply put, Unchained is a damn good rock song!
Enjoy this incredible live performance of Unchained from Van Halen in Oakland Coliseum Stadium back in 1981!