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Who wrote most of The Eagles’ hit songs?

Written by on June 26, 2021

Here are the best-known songs of the Eagles, along with their songwriters:

  • Take It Easy (1972) – Glenn Frey / Jackson Browne
  • Witchy Woman (1972) – Don Henley / Bernie Leadon
  • Peaceful Easy Feeling (1973) – Jack Tempchin
  • Tequila Sunrise (1973) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey
  • Desperado (1973) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey
  • Doolin’-Dalton (1973) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey / Jackson Browne / J.D. Souther
  • Outlaw Man (1973) – David Blue
  • Already Gone (1974) – Jack Tempchin / Robb Strandlund
  • James Dean (1974) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey / Jackson Browne / J.D. Souther
  • Midnight Flyer (1974) – Paul Craft
  • Ol’ 55 (1974) – Tom Waits
  • On the Border (1974) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey / Bernie Leadon
  • After the Thrill is Gone (1975) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey
  • Best of My Love (1975) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey / J.D. Souther
  • One of These Nights (1975) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey
  • Lyin’ Eyes (1975) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey
  • Take It to the Limit (1976) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey / Randy Meisner
  • New Kid in Town (1977) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey / J.D. Souther
  • Hotel California (1977) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey / Don Felder
  • Life in the Fast Lane (1977) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey / Joe Walsh
  • Victim of Love (1977) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey / Don Felder / J.D. Souther
  • The Last Resort (1977) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey
  • Wasted Time (1977) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey
  • Please Come Home for Christmas (1978) – Charles Brown / Gene Redd
  • Heartache Tonight (1979) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey / J.D. Souther / Bob Seger
  • The Long Run (1980) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey
  • I Can’t Tell You Why (1980) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey / Timothy B. Schmit
  • In the City (1980) – Joe Walsh / Barry de Vorzon
  • The Sad Café (1980) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey / J.D. Souther / Joe Walsh
  • The King of Hollywood (1980) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey
  • Those Shoes (1980) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey / Don Felder
  • Seven Bridges Road (1981) – Steve Young
  • Get Over It (1994) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey
  • Love Will Keep Us Alive (1995) – Jim Capaldi / Paul Carrack / Peter Vale
  • Learn to be Still (1995) – Don Henley / Stan Lynch
  • Hole in the World (2003) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey
  • No More Cloudy Days (2005) – Glenn Frey
  • How Long (2007) – J.D. Souther
  • Busy Being Fabulous (2008) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey
  • What Do I Do with My Heart (2008) – Don Henley / Glenn Frey
  • I Don’t Want to Hear Any More (2009) – Paul Carrack

Looking at the song writing credits, it’s quite apparent Don Henley & Glenn Frey were the main songwriters for the Eagles’ best-known songs — but they did work with others. That’s even more true when you consider the group’s top ten hits

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