"Why Can't This Be Love" is a song by the American rock band Van Halen for their seventh studio album, 5150 (1986). The song was released as the lead single from 5150 through Warner Bros. Records. It was the group's first single with lead vocalist Sammy Hagar, who replaced founding member David Lee Roth. It was released on both 7" and 12" single formats, the 12" single featuring an extended version of the song.
It was a hit single for the band, rising to number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and helping 5150 reach the number one slot on the albums chart, a first for the band. It was also a top 10 hit in the United Kingdom, Australia and Germany and a top 20 single in Canada, the Netherlands and Sweden.
The song is driven by bouncy lead keyboard work from Eddie Van Halen performed on an Oberheim OB-8.
Oh here it comes again That funny feelin again winding me up inside Every time we touch Hey I don't know Just tell me where to begin cause I never ever Felt so much [Chorus 1:] No I can't recall any love at all Baby this blows 'em all away [Chorus 2:] It's got what it takes So tell me why can't this be love Straight from my heart oh tell me why Can't this be love I tell myself Hey only fools rush in an only time will tell If we stand the test of time All I know You've got to run to win an I'll be damned if I'll get hung up on the line [Chorus 1] [Chorus 2] [Solo] [Chorus 2] Tell me why can't this be love Baby why can't this be love Got to know why can't this be love I wanna know why can't this be love