"The Long Run" is a song written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey (with additional writing credit to Bob Seger) and recorded by the Eagles. The sound of the song is viewed as a tribute to the Stax / MemphisR&B sound. The lyrics of the song are viewed by some as a description of the longevity of the relationship between Glenn Frey and Don Henley, even though they were growing apart at the time. It was the title track of their album The Long Run and was released as a single in November 1979. It reached #8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in early 1980. It was the second of three singles released from The Long Run album, preceded by "Heartache Tonight," which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1979, and followed by "I Can't Tell You Why," which also reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, in the spring of 1980.
The song was featured on the TV show WKRP in Cincinnati on the episode "The Doctor's Daughter". Specifically, Dr. Johnny Fever decides to air the recording and his programming director, Andy Travis is hysterical with delight that his popular DJ is playing a hit record for once.