After disbanding in the 1980’s, the Eagles vowed they would only reunite when hell froze over. As we all know, hell did indeed freeze over in the mid-90’s and the band has released a smattering of new material while continuing to tour the world to sell-out crowds. Their country-tinged early favorites like 'Lyin' Eyes,' 'Best of My Love,' and 'Desperado' have meshed well with the later-period rock songs like 'Life in the Fast Lane,' 'Heartache Tonight,' and 'Hotel California,' giving audiences timeless classics that keep them coming back for more. Buckle your seat belt and get ready to take flight with the Eagles as we count down the legendary band’s Top 10 songs:
‘Life in the Fast Lane’ From: ‘Hotel California’ (1976)
With the departure of guitarist Bernie Leadon and the arrival of the legendary Joe Walsh, it should be little surprise that the Eagles embraced a slightly more direct rock edge to their music. This song, with its sharp, precise guitar intro, heralded a slight changing of the guard that saw the group leaving some of their country tendencies behind.
‘Already Gone’ From: ‘On the Border’ (1974)
One of a handful of hits not written by any member of the Eagles, the next track in our Top 10 Eagles Songs packs a punch both musically and lyrically. “Just remember this my girl when you look up in the sky / You can see the stars but still not see the light” is perhaps one of the song's most direct lines. No other moment on this album arguably captures guitarist Don Felder’s debut as an Eagle so powerfully.
‘The Long Run’From: ‘The Long Run’ (1979)
While the Eagles’ last studio effort of the ‘70’s didn’t attain the blockbuster status that ‘Hotel California’ did, the record still had its bright spots including the record’s title track. Eagle Don Henley takes lead vocals on the song. He had been one of the group’s most reliable songwriters when it came to some of their biggest hits and snagged nine co-writing credits on this record in total.
‘Desperado’From: ‘Desperado’ (1973)
The centrepiece to the Eagles' 1973 record of the same name, it is interesting to note that this sweeping ballad was never formally released as a single. But given the song's majestic strings and a truly superb vocal performance by Don Henley, there's no doubt that it remains a favorite of Eagles fans to this day.
‘Heartache Tonight’From: ‘The Long Run’ (1979)
When you hear the opening line of "Somebody's gonna hurt someone before the night is through/Somebody's gonna come undone there's nothin' we can do" to this 1979 Eagles hit, one has to wonder whether the Eagles sensed the end was nigh. Given the multi-plantinum group's acrimonious split just a few years later, there is a very good possibility that this Glenn Frey-sung track was foreshadowing things to come.
‘Best of My Love’ From: ‘On the Border’ (1974)
A song that serves as a reflection upon what should have been, the track and namely its vocalist Don Henley also shares an optimistic view of what could be in the future if the parties involved are willing to put in the time. This contrite ballad would give the Eagles their first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Charts in 1975.
‘Lyin' Eyes’From: ‘One of These Nights’ (1975)
Who knew that deception and cheating (or writing about it, at the very least) could be such a rewarding experience? This entry into our Top 10 Eagles Songs is a musical staple that won the group the 1975 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group. Despite the somewhat heady matter discussed in the song, the track's harmonies and easy-going feel make it easy to be drawn in as a listener.
‘Take It to the Limit’ From: ‘One of These Nights’ (1975)
It could be argued that their vocal harmonies were always a central piece to the success of the Eagles. And though other Eagles songs may have proved to be more popular on the charts, this track is one of the group's strongest showcases of their remarkable ability to blend their voices together in an arguably unparalleled way.
'Take It Easy'From: ‘Eagles’ (1972)
This song was the Eagles' debut single and what a debut it was. Written by Jackson Browne and with some help from Eagles member Glenn Frey, the song was an immediate hit and a hint of things to come from a group whose 1976 hits retrospective has sold an astonishing 29 million copies in the U.S. alone.
'Hotel California'From: ‘Hotel California’ (1976)
Should it be any surprise that this legendary song would headline our list of Top 10 Eagles Songs? No other track is as synonymous with the Eagles as is the title track from their 1976 record. It's a song that would win the 1977 Grammy Award for Record of the Year. A staple of classic rock radio stations throughout the world, it could be argued that no other Eagles song was as metaphorically-oriented and dealt with fame on such a vivid level.