Original GnR > DLR Van Halen > Buckethead GnR > Hagar Van Halen Van Halen are a very solid rock band who used to have an incredibly charismatic lead singer and ended up with a Hagar who is less charismatic than Eddie van Halen. They churned out a dozen decent albums and win the quantity battle. GnR on the other hand revolutionized rock music and blew away every other established band with Appetite, a timeless classic. Van Halen isn't even in the same league as much as I appreciate them. But come on, this is genius vs. solid craftmanship.