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Who's the definitive Van Halen singer?

"David Lee Roth, because of his rock-and-roll attitude and showmanship. He set the standard for metal frontmen in the '70s and early '80s. However, Sammy was by far the better vocalist. Gary was one of those 'What the fuck?' things." -- Jon Epstein, Fast Chester

"Only one man can hold that throne: David Lee Roth. The greatest showman since P.T. Barnum, the greatest lyricist since Louis Prima." -- Dwid Van Hellion, Integrity/ Roses Never Fade

"As good and as slick as Van Hagar was, that version just didn't have the pure testosterone-driven appeal of the early Van Halen with Roth." -- George Mihalovich, Aftershok

"For every Sammy Hagar song that researches well, there are 10 that people like from David Lee Roth. But it was a great live band all the way through, and the other three [members] get lost in the shuffle." -- Bill Louis, program director, WNCX-FM 98.5

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