The Eagles Song Don Henley Thought Unexpectedly Reinvented the Group

The Eagles' first self-titled album embodied the essence of summer. Their second album, Desperado, explored a Wild West concept.

The contrasting styles of their first two albums left the direction of their third album uncertain. On The Border leaned towards a rock sound.

The album was successful, partly due to Don Felder's addition. "The Best of My Love," a breezy, mid-tempo song, became their first No. 1 single.

Despite moving towards rock, "The Best of My Love" retained country elements like gentle acoustic melodies and beachy slide guitars, appealing to many listeners.

Henley considered "The Best of My Love" a turning point. Despite a challenging recording process, the unexpected success of the track felt miraculous.