Eagles et al
Top 100 Songs
1972 lineup: l to r: Bernie Leadon, Don Henley, Randy Meisner, Glenn Frey
1994 lineup: l to r: Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Don Henley, Don Felder, Glenn Frey
The rock/country group the Eagles formed in Los Angeles in 1971. They only released six studio albums during their original run in the 1970s, but are one of the most successful acts in music history. They had five #1 songs with “Best of My Love,” “One of These Nights,” “New Kid in Town,” “Hotel California,” and “Heartache Tonight.” The compilation Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 is one of the best-selling albums in history.
Original members Glenn Frey (vocals, guitar), Don Henley (vocals, drums), Bernie Leadon (guitar, vocals), and Randy Meisner (bass, vocals) started out as Linda Ronstadt’s backing band. Meisner had previously worked with Poco (1968-69) and Leadon was with Dillard & Clark (1968-69) and the Flying Burrito Brothers (1969-71).
Don Felder (guitar, vocals) joined in 1974 and Joe Walsh (guitar, vocals), who’d previously recorded with the James Gang and as a solo artist, replaced Leadon in 1975. Meisner departed in 1977, replaced by Timothy B. Schmit (bass, vocals), who’d previously been with Poco (1969-77).
The brand broke up – seemingly for good – in 1980. Frey and Henley had successful solo careers. Frey, Henley, Felder, Walsh, and Schmit reunited for the Hell Freezes Over tour in 1994 and recorded four new songs. In 2007, absent Felder, they recorded their first new album in 28 years, Long Road Out of Eden.
After Frey’s death in January 2016, he was replaced on tour by his son Deacon Frey and country singer Vince Gill. Randy Meisner passed away in 2023.
Note: above links go to those acts’ DMDB music maker encyclopedia entries.
Top 100 Songs
Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists, appearances on compilations and live albums by the featured act, and songs’ chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. Covers of Eagles’ songs have also been included in this list.
DMDB Top 1%:
DMDB Top 2%:
DMDB Top 5%:
11. Joe Walsh “Rocky Mountain Way” (1973)
21. Eagles “The Long Run” (1979)
DMDB Top 10%:
27. Eagles “Seven Bridges Road” (live, 1980)
31. James Gang “Walk Away” (1971)
DMDB Top 20%:
41. Poco “Rose of Cimarron” (1976)
51. Eagles “Victim of Love” (1976)
61. Joe Walsh “Space Age Whiz Kids” (1983)
71. Don Henley “How Bad Do You Want It?” (1989)
Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:
76. Glenn Frey “Party Town” (1982)
81. Don Henley “A Month of Sundays” (1984)
91. Eagles “Ol’ ‘55” (1974)
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First posted 7/22/2017; last updated 10/30/2023.