Since the Eagles first built their career on combining old (country) with new (rock) back in 1971, it’s fair to use a similar old-new perspective to view the group’s platinum-selling history.
So how does a 42-year-old band look via Spotify, 2013’s most powerful and relevant music-listening platform?
We look at five of the Eagles’ top 10 songs on the music-streaming service as Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit and Don Henley prepare for their Oct. 5 appearance at the Pepsi Center.
No. 1. “Hotel California.”
Of course this percussive ballad is at the top. All over the world, people recognize this song’s delicate intro and semi-Latin chorus. And for good reason. It’s the best song Henley, Frey and Don Felder ever wrote.
No. 4. “Peaceful Easy Feeling.”
Whether the indie kids like it or not, you can hear so much of the modern folk movement (Avett Brothers, Blitzen Trapper) in this harmonic ditty.
No. 5. “One of These Nights.”
From its slinky intro to its iconic soft-rock falsetto finish, this song represents a very real time and place in country-rock.
No. 8. “Life in the Fast Lane.”
More rock than country, this song isn’t one of the band’s best. It more closely resembles Henley’s solo work, which shows its age more than the Eagles’ catalog.
No. 10. “Best of My Love.”
The Eagles at their most earnest inspired multiple generations of pop-minded folkies. Would there be a Fleet Foxes without “Best of My Love”?