The American rock band The Eagles have built an impressive musical repertoire since their formation in 1971. They have introduced a unique blend of rock and country music that has proven to be extremely successful. But which songs from this legendary band are must-listens? Here is our top 10 list of The Eagles’ best songs.
10. Witchy Woman
“Witchy Woman” from the debut album ‘Eagles’ in 1972 introduced the mysterious, almost supernatural side of the band. The intriguing guitar riffs and rhythmic drumming make it a classic that holds up well both on the radio and in live performances.
9. I Can’t Tell You Why
This is The Eagles at their most soulful and emotional. “I Can’t Tell You Why” from the album ‘The Long Run’ (1979) shows the sensitive side of the band and features one of the most memorable bass lines in their catalog.
8. New Kid in Town
From the legendary album ‘Hotel California’ in 1976, “New Kid in Town” showcases the band’s talent for storytelling. The song, written by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, and J.D. Souther, tells the story of an emerging star and the transience of fame.
7. Tequila Sunrise
This song is a strong example of the country influences in The Eagles’ music. “Tequila Sunrise” from 1973 is a beautifully written song about love and loss, complete with acoustic guitar and subtle percussion.
6. Lyin’ Eyes
“Lyin’ Eyes” is one of those songs where The Eagles’ storytelling truly shines. Released in 1975 on the album ‘One of These Nights’, the song tells the story of a woman trapped in a loveless marriage and seeking love elsewhere.
An absolute masterpiece that inspired an entire album. “Desperado” from 1973 is a painfully beautiful song that captures the essence of the band like no other. The piano intro is as iconic as the lyrics that follow.
4. One of These Nights
This is The Eagles at their most funky and simultaneously ethereal moment. “One of These Nights,” the title track of the eponymous album from 1975, takes the band in a more experimental direction with its seductive rhythms and dreamy guitar solo.
3. Take it Easy
This is the song that started it all for The Eagles. “Take it Easy” from 1972 is a cheerful road trip anthem written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey and is considered one of the classic American rock songs.
2. The Last Resort
“The Last Resort” from the album ‘Hotel California’ in 1976 is a sharp critique of the American dream and environmental destruction. The song is an epic narrative in itself, both musically and lyrically.
1. Hotel California
No list of the best Eagles songs would be complete without “Hotel California.” This masterpiece from 1976 is one of the most iconic songs in rock history, known for its complex arrangement, guitar solos, and profound lyrics about the excesses of American life.