Best Songs By The Eagles
On The Acoustic

Best Songs By The Eagles

Welcome to my best songs by The Eagles songs page where you can learn many numbers of theirs on the acoustic. Below are free chord sheets, rhythm tips and more. If you need a full tutorial lesson, those are also available for a small fee.

I'm also using The Eagles album covers in my images below so you know where each song originated.

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Best Songs By The Eagles
Chords, Lyrics, Rhythm Tips, Tutorials

1. All Night Long

All Night Long was written by Joe Walsh and as a solo single, reached #19 in the US and #13 in Canada.

It was his highest charting single. The song also appeared in the film Urban Cowboy back in 1980.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: E, A, D, Gbm, B7
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2. Best Of My Love

Best Of My Love is from the 1974 album "On The Border". The two official singles from the album were Already Gone and James Dean. But a DJ from Kalamazoo MI began playing Best Of My Love from the album.

Eventually Glenn Frey released it as a single and it became the bands first Billboard #1 hit in Mar of 1975.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up stop up down up stop up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: Cmaj7, C, Dm, Em7, G, G7, Fm
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3. Desperado

Desperado the song, hails from the Desperado album of 1973 but, the song was never released as a single. Don Henley partially wrote the song in 1968 but Glenn Frey helped him finish the song and later claimed that Desperado was the beginning of their writing partnership.

In spite of no single, this is one of the most famous of The Eagles songs.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down down down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, C, Cm, Em, A7, D7, Dm/F, D/Gb, Bm, Dsus, D7, Am7, G6, Adim
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4. Hotel California

Hotel California was a journey from innocence to experience is how Don Henley explained the true meaning of one of the most famous of The Eagles songs from 1977 and #1 hit, Hotel California. Don Felder wrote the melody while Frey and Henley wrote the lyrics.

Hotel California was named after the Beverly Hills Hotel. The song also won them a Grammy Award in 1978. Of all The Eagles covers, this one is probably the worst to play solo because of the dueling lead guitars and high vocals in this number.

The track is on the album of the same name.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: Am, E7, G, D, F, C, Dm, E7
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5. James Dean

James Dean was released as a single in 1974 and was written mainly by Jackson Browne according to Don Henley about the real actor James Dean who died in a car crash in 1955 at the age of 24.

The song peaked at #77 and can be found on the album "On The Border".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: downstrokes with a few sliding riffs
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: A, B, D, F, E, B7, Amaj7
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6. Love Will Keep Us Alive

Love Will Keep Us Alive is from the 1994 "Hell Freezes Over" album and features Timothy B Schmidt on lead vocals. This was the last single featuring Don Felder. The song was never officially released as a single in the US, but it did hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1995.

A high sing thanks to Timothy B Schmidt but one of The Eagles covers you should try and learn as it's a great tune.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: 1-2-3- up down up down up where 1-2-3 are notes in the chords
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: Asus2, A6/9, Dsus2, Esus, E, D, Gbm, Bm
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7. My Man

My Man was written by Bernie Leadon as a tribute song to his long time friend Ingram Cecil Connor III a.k.a. Gram Parsons. The two played together in a group called The Flying Burrito Brothers.

The track can be found on the bands album "On The Border".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, Dmaj7, G, Em, A, Bm
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8. Ol 55 

Ol 55 is actually a Tom Waits song which he recorded and released in 1973. The Eagles recorded a version in 1974. Tom Waits didn't like their version and later on admitted he never actually like The Eagles songs at all, claiming their albums were good for keeping dust off of the turntable.

This track also found on their 1974 album "On The Border".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No 
  • Rhythm: down down down up down and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: C, Cmaj7, Em, F, Gsus, G, Dm7, G7, G6, Am, Am/G, Am7, Am7/G
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9. Peaceful Easy Feeling

Peaceful Easy Feeling was written by songwriter Jack Tempchin while trying to break into the music business. He met Glenn Frey who was impressed with the song as the band was recording The Eagles first album.

The song became their third single and peaked at #22 in the US.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: E, Asus2, B7, A6/9, Esus
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10. Take It Easy

Take It Easy was started by Jackson Browne, a close friend to Glenn Frey, but never finished it. So Glenn stepped in, finished the song and the arrangement, and with Jackson' permission, recorded the song on The Eagles debut album and was the bands very first single which peaked at #12 in 1972.

Travis Tritt covered the song in 1994 and his video was responsible for re-uniting The Eagles after 13 years.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No 
  • Rhythm: root up down up root up down up
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C, D, Em, G7, Am
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11. Take It To The Limit

Take It To The Limit hails from the "One Of These Nights" album from 1975. Randy Meisner wrote most of the song but didn't like performing it live because of the high notes that he wasn't always sure he'd hit.

It was a major reason he left the group. Not many artists do The Eagles covers, but Clay Walker did on this song.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, C, D, B7, Em, D/C, D/B, D/A, Am, Dsus
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12. The Girl From Yesterday

The Girl From Yesterday does not have much info on it except to say it's from the "Hell Freezes Over" album.

It was released as a single and peaked at #58 on the country charts in 1994. A bit high for me but so are most of The Eagles covers I do here.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: C, G, D, G7, D7, D/Gb, Em, G6, Dsus, E7, A7
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13. The Sad Cafe

The Sad Cafe was written by JD Souther, one of 10 of The Eagles songs appearing on the "The Long Run" album from 1979.

Another of The Eagles covers that you should know.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: downstrokes and also down up down up down up 
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: A, Dm, Esus, E, Gbm, Dbm, Bm, D7sus, D7, Dm/B, D


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