The Eagles' Great Country Influence

When the Eagles debuted in the mid-'70s, their brand of lighthearted crossover country was more crossover than country, getting play on stations like New York's WHN but alienating plenty of down-home traditionalists. These days, though, updated sonics are the only thing separating early hits like "Take It Easy" from your average country playlist; the song's suggestion that you "lighten up while you still can" still resonates with a generation of Kenny Chesneys and Zac Browns. The Eagles, meanwhile, have moved in the other direction, embracing their country roots with performances at the CMAs, a tour with the Dixie Chicks and Keith Urban, and a chart-topping double album of Nashville rock. This playlist celebrates the Eagles' contributions to the genre with a mix of the band's most country tunes, Eagles covers recorded by country artists and regular old country songs that bear the band's influence.

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