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9. Desperado (Eagles)

With five USA number one singles and four number one albums, the Eagles (image credit) were among the most successful recording artists of the seventies. Their second album Desperado was their artistic and commercial breakthrough in 1973. The title track is probably the most covered Eagles song of all time. In terms of subject it is a genuine cowboy song, fitting with their status as the leading country-rock group - in fact the album uses the old west cowboy as a metaphor for the rock star. It is a beautiful slow and deliberate ballad, with piano more dominant in the instrumentation than usual for this group.

Other songs by this act that would have qualified: Tequila sunrise, Lyin' eyes, Hotel California.

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