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One of the most popular songs of the Sammy Hagar Van Halen era, "Right Now" is a message about living in the moment. It came at a time of worldwide political change, especially in Eastern Europe and The Soviet Union.

Eddie Van Halen wrote the music for "Right Now" during the David Lee Roth era, but Roth had no interest in it. It wasn't until 1991 that the song finally came together. Sammy Hagar, determined to write an inspiring lyric with no trace of sex or hedonism, came up with the "Right Now" title and concept. Eddie would play the piano riff in the studio while they were making the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, and one day it clicked that it was the right music for the lyric Hagar was working on. The pair completed the song together when the album was almost done.

In 1993, this was used in commercials for Crystal Pepsi, a clear cola. The commercials were good, but the product was a huge flop as consumers decided they would rather not see through their soft drink. The group was criticized for "selling out" when the ads came out, but they did it because Pepsi was going to use the song with or without them. Pepsi got the rights to the song, and would have had a sound-alike group record it. Van Halen figured it was best to let them use their version and at least get paid for it.

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Key, BPM (tempo) and time signature of Right Now.
4/4Time Signature


The album Right Now is released on.

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The record label that has released Right Now.
Warner Records
© 1991 Warner Records Inc.
℗ 1991 Warner Records Inc. Warner Strategic Marketing Company, Warner Music Group.

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