The Top 5 Tracks From Eagles’ “Desperado” Record

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The Eagles commemorate 50 years since the release of Desperado, their second studio album, on April 17, 2023. In 1973, the band released an album that cemented their status as future rock legends with classics like “Tequila Sunrise” and the album’s self-titled lead single. Below, we explore more on what we think the top 5 tracks from the album are.



This soft ballad was written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey. Henley claims that it was Linda Ronstadt’s cover of the song for her album Don’t Cry Now in 1973 that made the song a hit, even though it was never issued as a single.


Sad but lovely, this song sets the tone for Desperado. The sad tale of fictitious bandit Bill Dalton, who was a member of the real-life Doolin-Dalton Gang that got away in the Midwest is introduced by a wailing harp. Dalton is continuously on the run from them because of the havoc and bloodshed they leave behind.

“Outlaw Man”

David Blue’s “Outlaw Man” has Frey in the forefront, backed by the band’s impressive harmonies. They act out the role of a son of outlaws. “Desperado” and “Tequila Sunrise” are both softer songs, while “Outlaw Man” gives Desperado a rock and roll edge.

“Out of Control”

With “Out of Control,” the Eagles really let loose and rock out. They’re eager to have a good time, so they get loud at a dive bar, supposedly in the American West, with lyrics that allude to a wide, starry sky.

“Tequila Sunrise”

“Tequila Sunrise,” the debut song from Desperado, was written by Henley and Frey. The song gently touches on themes of isolation and the need to connect, with the singer ultimately depending on a fresh dose of bravery to bring him through.