Frey contributed a fair number of the Eagles' biggest songs, but had a sizable solo career as well

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Glenn Frey contributed some of the most beloved songs to the Eagles’ discography, something he explained as at least partly the result of the really, really amazing peer group he found himself among.

“Being in close proximity to Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, and Crosby, Stills & Nash [in L.A.],” Frey, one of the founding members of country-rock supergroup, told Rolling Stone, “this unspoken thing was created between [Don] Henley and me, which said, ‘If we want to be up here with the big boys, we’d better write some f—ing good songs.’ ”

So, in honor of Frey, who died Monday at the age of 67, here’s a Spotify playlist with some of those very, very good songs (including some of his best Eagles work, along with a few of his solo tunes to boot).

Paradoxically, Detroit native Frey contributed some of the band’s most breezy, sentimental hits, though as an accomplished lead guitarist, he was capable of bringing a barn-burning rocker to the group, something Joe Walsh frequently received more credit for.