Originally Posted by TheWhalerfan
Originally Posted by Tommy Walker
I think that's ultimately what it comes down to. GnR made one album that was arguably better than any of Van Halen's, but Van Halen made many more strong albums (and that's considering only the David Lee Roth years) and was a relevant band for a lot longer. GnR was kind of like the Sex Pistols of L.A. metal.
Isn't that also true for the great ACDC debate? If you were to create a best-of album, most of the songs would be from the short Bon Scott-era. Brian Johnson was part of way more albums and was commercially more successfull, but never quite reached Bon Scott's level.
In terms of quantity and longevity, Van Halen definitely wins against GnR. It's like comparing Eddie van Halen to Slash: Eddie is the so much more technically acclaimed guitarist, but how many memorable riffs and solos did he compose compared to Slash?
GnR burned out quickly, but they shone much brighter than Van Halen ever did.