220px-The_Eagles_-_The_Eagles#2 – Eagles – “Take It Easy” – (1972)

The first single from the Eagles’ first album should have been a sure sign to everyone that this band was going to be something else. It remains one of their most beloved songs and would probably be their signature tune if “Hotel California” wasn’t a thing. It was written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey (who sings the vocals on this track). And pretty much ever fan of the Eagles’ can sing more than just the opening lines of this one…

220px-The_Eagles_-_On_the_Border#12 – Eagles – “Best Of My Love” – (1974)

Here’s a Hot 100 #1 single from the Eagles. It has a very soft country rock sound and is a slow dance classic. It was actually the group’s first #1 single and the biggest hit from On the Border

220px-The_Eagles_-_One_of_These_Nights#5 – Eagles – “One Of These Nights” – (1975)

Man the into to this song is dark. It’s just menacing. Then the lyrics kick in and it really doesn’t brighten up any, but it’s not as menacing. This was the Eagles’ second #1 and it has a pinch of disco hidden behind all that wonderful harmonizing backing vocals and great guitar playing. Even Glenn Frey said this was his favorite Eagles song. It’s awesome.

220px-Hotelcalifornia#1 – Eagles – “Hotel California” – (1976)

This is, perhaps, The Eagles’ signature song. It’s chock full of classic, well-known lyrics such as “you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.” It was a Billboard Hot 100 #1 in May of 1977 and should be on everyone’s list of the greatest songs of all time.

#9 – Eagles – “I Can’t Tell You Why” – (1979)

This is the best song from the Eagles’ The Long Run album. It was the first Eagles track to feature lead vocals from bassist Timothy B. Schmidt. Schmidt has a wonderful, velvety voice and can hit some pretty high notes. The song peaked in the top 10 and fortunately allowed Schmidt to do more singing on future Eagles hits.

Don Henley – “The End of the Innocence” – (1989)

Not sure about that weird comb-over thing Don’s got going on on the album cover there. I almost didn’t pick this Henley song because it’s a little sappy (this whole album was) and a little Mike + the Mechanics (who I don’t consider sappy). Then again, the song was co-written by Bruce Hornsby, who is also a little Mike + the Mechanics-y. Whatever it is, it doesn’t really sound a whole lot like the Eagles. Of all the Eagles members who had solo careers (I count three, unless I’m missing someone. Did Timothy B. Schmit have a solo career?), Don Henley had the most successful, and it was his ability to keep changing with the times (as well as his excellent voice) that allowed this to be. And he did change with the times: take a look at his five big 80s singles, from “Dirty Laundry” to this one and you can definitely see a sort of arc.

#55 – Don Henley – “The Heart of the Matter” – (1989)

This is, quite literally, a last minute substitution (I write these a few weeks in advance and am re-writing this right before it publishes). I originally had “The End of the Innocence” here (The End of the Innocence is also the title of the album that these two songs share). But every time I hear this song I can’t help but go: “Hey, this is a good song.” Sure, it has a slight moral-ness to it but it’s actually quite good. This is the type of song that I really like but whenever it comes on the radio I’d flip the station in search of something a little more upbeat and sing-along-y. But I rarely turn this song off. And I’m not sure why. Anyway, I like this one better than “The End of the Innocence” – but that song will kick off our list of songs that barely missed this countdown.

#16 – The Eagles – “Please Come Home For Christmas” – (1994)

You’re gonna have to find the full version of the song online by yourself because, and I’m just guessing here, Don Henley & the boys are complete Nazis when it comes to their music, so this song is not on YouTube. Or you could just watch Home Alone because I’m pretty sure this song was in it (although it may have been sung by someone else). Another good Christmas song from Home Alone: Chuck Berry’s 1958 Christmas-rock classic “Run Rudolph Run” (or the Lynyrd Skynyrd version “Run Run Rudolph“).