Joe Walsh Songs Ranked

Joseph Fidler Walsh (born November 20, 1947) is an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. In a career spanning more than 50 years, he has been a member of three successful rock bands: James Gang, Eagles, and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. Walsh was also part of the New Zealand band Herbs. In the 1990s, he was a member of the short-lived supergroup The Best. Walsh has also experienced success both as a solo artist and as a prolific session musician, being featured on a wide array of other artists’ recordings. In 2011, Rolling Stone placed him at the No. 54 spot on its list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.
As a member of the Eagles, Walsh was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001. The Eagles are considered to be one of the most influential bands of the 1970s, and they remain one of the best-selling American bands in the history of popular music. His creative contribution to music has received praise from many of the best rock guitarists, including Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, who said, “He has a tremendous feel for the instrument. I’ve loved his style since the early James Gang.” Eric Clapton said that “He’s one of the best guitarists to surface in some time. I don’t listen to many records, but I listen to his.” The Who’s guitarist, Pete Townshend, said “Joe Walsh is a fluid and intelligent player. There’re not many like that around.” Here are all of Joe Walsh’s songs ranked.

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15. One Day at a Time (Analog Man , 2012)

“I liked the subject matter of the song, and think it is Joe Walsh’s masterpiece. Best song he has ever wtitten, a 3 minute masterpiece. It took Joe a lifetime to write it because he had to live it first!!. The addition of the Bm chord adds a little more sadness and angst to a song about the journey from chaos and darkness into the light.”

14. Rosewood Bitters (The Confessor, 1985)

“Joe Walsh kills this song. Way better than Michael Stanley version hands down. A great song. This is classic Joe Walsh. A catchy melody, a tasty little guitar break and Joe’s unique voice are all here.”

13. County Fair (So What, 1974)

“I love this man! I love his songs and the way his fingers dance across his guitar! He just keeps on redesigning rock! Great song with great guitar – too bad it wasn’t included on the greatest hits – but only so much room.”

12. Help Me Through the Night (Joe Walsh, 1974

“This is an excellent song that gives an insight into Joe’s former struggles. The version he did with the Eagles in the Hell Freezes Over set is even more well done.”

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11. A Life of Illusion (There Goes the Neighborhood, 1981)

“He speaks of confusion in life and of natural “disasters” that we seek to remedy, and we end of cornered in confusion with nowhere to go. If only we would relax and not worry about nature, just accept that some things must be, no matter how “horrible” we feel they are (mass death), they are part of nature keeping things in check.”

10. Things I Could Be (There Goes The Neighborhood, 1981)

“Classic Joe Walsh. Good for relaxing with some brews. Guitar work, as always, is impeccable. Songs are fun. What else do you want?”

9. Tend My Garden (James Gang Rides Again, 1970)

“This song has such a hopeful and positive message and the music is great. Joe is a great musician and really fun to watch perform–he always looks like he’s having such a good time. I find the song very inspiring and I think it is going to be of much comfort to a lot of folks.”

8. There I Go Again (James Gang Rides Again, 1970)

“I believe that at this point in this man’s life, all he has to do is get up from bed in the morning and trip over his guitar… If it gets recorded, it will be a hit… This guy is worth all of the praise that he receives – Great job Joe!”

7. Midnight Man (Thirds, 1971)

“think the lyrics to this song were just written as an after thought just to showcase Joe’s nice slow guitar leads in this song. It’s not fast but kind of a pretty song even though the lyrics I think were just filler. Just my opinion of course. Maybe someone else sees something deeper than that but I’ve always felt like the lyrics were just filler here.”

6. Turn to Stone (Barnstorm, 1972)

“I can’t believe this isn’t one of his more popular songs. It’s superb. There is an older version from Barnstorm that’s heavier, but this one is still excellent.”

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5. Meadows (The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get, 1973)

“According to the liner notes in his anthology, Joe Walsh was working in a new studio with a 24-track recorder. He made an agreement with his bandmates to screw around for the first 15 seconds; whatever they did would be the song intro. But when they all went into the studio, nobody else recorded anything–save Joe and his demented screaming. But he stayed true to the bet and kept it on there. And, in another interview, Joe said that “Meadows” was written before “My Woman from Tokyo”–if anything, they stole it from him, not the other way around.

4. Funk #49 (Funk #49, 1970)

“His sound is of the ages – Joe Walsh brought a unique and soulful sound to the rock in the 1970’s with several albums but his work prior to that involved The James Gang where Walsh perhaps blossomed for the first time in his career. This is one of their greatest works from that collaboration.”

3. Rocky Mountain Way (The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get, 1973)

“Love Joe Walsh, love the Eagles. I have the set of The Eagles, including the early years and their history, but none of the CDs have Rocky Mountain Way, so I downloaded it onto my MP3 player and also transferred it to my computer so I could make a copy of The Eagles and include this song.”

2. Walk Away (Thirds, 1971)

“Fun 70’s song that reminds you of riding in the car in the summer time with the windows rolled down, the radio cranked and driving the back roads through the country just jamming out to this classic and getting away from the every day hum drum of life for a little while.”

1. Life’s Been Good (But Seriously, Folks…, 1978)

“Life’s been good, what a song and title. This nearly 8 minute song doesn’t stay stable from beginning to end like most songs, it gives the listener many layers of this song which makes it a fun song to listen to every time its played and you don’t realize those nearly 8 minutes have passed.”