6. “Little Dreamer”
Like lots of early Van Halen songs, Eddie’s work is Randy Rhoads-esque here, with several other nice riffs interspersed throughout the verses and choruses. But the actual solo begins at about 1:48 and features some flawless fast hammered-on licks, providing some speed to compliment the song’s mid-tempo rhythm.
Eddie took some crap for playing a lot of keyboard on 1984, and for good reason – why would he ever put the guitar down!? But in all fairness, he did a pretty good job, as the keyboard hook to “Jump” would indicate. And he also threw in a shredding guitar solo pretty much just to prove he can still do it.