Desperado (song)

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This article is about the Eagles song. For other songs with the same title, see Desperado.
Song by Eagles from the album Desperado
Released April 17, 1973
Recorded Early 1973
Genre Soft rock[1]
Length 3:33
Label Asylum
Writer Glenn Frey and Don Henley
Producer Glyn Johns
Desperado track listing
"Tequila Sunrise"
"Certain Kind of Fool"
Music sample

"Desperado" is a ballad by the Eagles, an American rock band, written by group members Glenn Frey and Don Henley. The song featured The London Symphony Orchestra. It first appeared on the 1973 album Desperado, and has later appeared on numerous compilation albums, although it was not issued as a single. "Desperado" was ranked #494 on Rolling Stone‍ '​s 2004 list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

The song was featured in Season 8, Episode 7 of the show Seinfeld when Elaine's boyfriend was deeply moved when it came on the radio. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.[2]

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  1. ^ Horn, David; Shepherd, John, eds. (2012). Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World. 8 – Genres: North America. Continuum. p. 174. ISBN 978-1-4411-6078-2. 
  2. ^ Western Writers of America (2010). "The Top 100 Western Songs". American Cowboy. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014.