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Celebrating the music of Glenn Frey on his birthday with these 10 songs

INDIO, CA – MAY 02: Musician Glenn Frey of the Eagles performs during day 1 of Stagecoach, California’s Country Music Festival held at the Empire Polo Field on May 2, 2008 in Indio, California. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)

We lost legendary singer, songwriter and musician Glenn Frey in 2016, who left all of us with a library of amazing music.  The best way to celebrate the late member of the Eagles on his birthday is to listen to those many great songs he created for the world.  Here’s 10 memorable classic hits from Glenn Frey.

Peaceful Easy Feeling (1972) – Eagles

I get a, “peaceful easy feeling,” every time I hear Glenn Frey’s lead vocals in this track.

Heartache Tonight (1979) – Eagles

Another Glenn Frey-lead song that took the number 1 spot in the Billboard Hot 100.  The song was actually co-written effort between Frey, singer/songwriter J. D. Souther and Bob Seger.

You Belong To The City (1985) – Glenn Frey

This cool 80’s tune was made for the 1985 TV series, Miami Vice, and paired very well with Jan Hammer‘s “Miami Vice Theme.”  The song teleports you straight to the ’80s and possibly to that popular Florida city.

New Kid In Town (1976) – Eagles

You’ll WANT to hear this fantastic song that also took the Billboard 100 number 1 spot.  This southern rock hit blends Frey’s lead vocals with Don Henley‘s back-up vocals perfectly.

The Heat Is On (1984) – Glenn Frey

Another solo hit, this one was made for the 1984 Eddy Murphy comedy, Beverly Hills Cop.  So, the heat has a double meaning: those Beverly Hills temps and the slang term for Axel Foley‘s chosen profession in the film.

Tequila Sunrise (1973) – Eagles

This song was one of the first co-writing efforts between Glenn Frey and Don Henley, (their other being the Henley-lead Desperado).  It helped solidify the writing team of the two classic hits legends who would continue to bring us many great songs over the years, including the next on the list…

Lyin’ Eyes (1975) – Eagles

You can’t hide this country hit. The song was inspired by the times Frey and Henley frequented an LA restaurant/bar where they encountered those, “Lyin’ eyes.”

One Of These Nights (1975) – Eagles

Back to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with this track!  This more blues-inspired hit was a successful experiment by Frey and Henley with a different sound than the Eagles were known for.

Already Gone (1973) – Eagles

Back to the more traditional Eagles song with this fun Glenn Frey-lead tune.  This song is one of the best to listen to with the windows down while driving along a traffic-less highway.

Take It Easy (1972) – Eagles

A fantastic final message from Glenn Frey to all.  The melody of the Eagles’ first single will put you at ease.  It’s no wonder this song is listed on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.  Take it easy!