The 10 Greatest Eagles Songs

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Hotel California” (1976: We were all middle-class kids from the Midwest,” Don Henley said.

Life in the Fast Lane” (1976: One mythical L.A. evening, Frey was en route to a poker game.

New Kid in Town” (1976: Early in the writing of “hotel California,” Eagles co-writer J.D. Souther arrived at Frey’s house and played the band “a bit of a song” he’d been working on. 

Lyin’ Eyes” (1975: This six-minute story-song was inspired by Frey seeing an attractive young woman dining with an older man at an L.A. restaurant.

Already Gone” (1974): Written by “Peaceful Easy Feeling” tunesmith Jack Tempchin, this hard-driving rocker – the rest of three hits from On the Border – was the right song for the right time.

Heartache Tonight” (1979: This shout-along stomper went through a typically prolonged gestation. Frey and J.D.

Take It Easy” (1972: The song that became the Eagles’ national anthem was written by Jackson Browne on a road trip that took him through Utah and Arizona. 

Peaceful Easy Feeling” (1972): The third hit single from the Eagles’ debut was their first collaboration with songwriter Jack Tempchin.

Desperado” (1973: Desperado” is the stunning title track of the Eagles’ second album.

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