The Eagles are one of the greatest rock bands of all-time. Their ability to fuse classic country-western and modern rock resulted in a rich and balanced sound. Their true weapon though, was their amazing harmonies. The amalgam of all their gifts has resulted in a massive catalogue of hits.
So, today we’re looking at the ALL-TIME BEST 10 EAGLES SONGS!
10. “Tequila Sunrise”-Desperado (1973)
At its heart, “Tequila Sunrise” is a blues song, which is complimented by The Eagles unique country-western rock sound. What made The Eagles an amazing band was their ability to fuse a host of musical genres within their music.
9. “Life in the Fast Lane”-Hotel California (1977)
A portentous song that seemed to be tailored to the 1980’s. “Life in the Fast Lane” was blessed with ripping guitar riffs and memorable lyrics. Joe Walsh’s fingerprints are all over this one.
8. “Love Will Keep Us Alive”-Hell Freezes Over (1994)
From the outstanding, Hell Freezes Over, “Love Will Keep Us Alive” is a delicate love song set against a brutal backdrop. The song and the album showed that The Eagles had not lost a step after their breakup. The harmonies are spectacular, a hallmark when the band is hitting on all cylinders.
7. “Saturday Night”-Desperado (1973)
A hidden gem from Desperado, “Saturday Night” is a tight and precise lament to good times passed. The song is everything that is right about the band, simple and calculated mastery leading to musical perfection. What I love about The Eagles is that, whether its their biggest hits or hidden gems, the band’s supreme talent is always on display.
6. “How Long”- Long Road Out of Eden (2007)
The most recent song on this list, “How Long” is cover of J.D. Souther’s original. The song though, is set up perfectly for The Eagles’ harmonies. “How Long” is a reminder of the band’s glory in 1970’s and how much more they have to offer to the music world.
5. “The Long Run”-The Long Run (1979)
Some of the band’s best songs were about the trappings of the rock and roll lifestyle, the same ones they themselves fell into. “The Long Run” is a cautionary tale, but one also with optimism for the future. It also lauds the significance of longevity in the music world.
4. “Take It Easy”-Eagles (1972)
If you wanted to play someone a “prototypical” Eagles song, nothing could measure up to “Take It Easy.” An uptempo beat, soul-stealing harmonies, kind of like the Beach Boys and Jackson Browne had a baby.
3. “Doolin-Dalton”-Desperado (1973)
One of The Eagles’ most underrated songs and one of rock’s hidden gems. This is one of the band’s more intricate and haunting numbers, and one which helped solidify Desperado as an all-time best album. For some reason, when I hear this one, I can’t help but think of Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.
2. “Hotel California”-Hotel California (1977)
A song that has long been legendary in rock and roll history. As time has gone by, much talk has been in relation to the lyrics and their meaning. In doing so, we forget the simple, but piercing melody. It’s a song that will forever mean different things to different people, but everyone remembers the first time they heard it.
1. “Desperado”-Desperado (1973)
Probably one of the most famous rock songs of all-time with some of the best lyrics not found in a Bob Dylan song. “Desperado” is the high point of the ridiculously good album of the same name. I can’t think of one piano bar that doesn’t have this one on standby. Unfortunately, nobody can quite match the urgency in Don Henley’s voice as he belts this one out.