Jackson Browne’s Top 10 Tracks: Timeless Hits You Need to Hear

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The ’70s Los Angeles singer-songwriter, Jackson Browne stood out as a beacon of sensitivity and melody. With his boyish charm and poignant lyrics, Browne captured the essence of the era, his music resonating deeply with listeners. Fueled by the backdrop of L.A.’s vibrant music scene and backed by the city’s finest studio musicians, Browne’s songs became anthems of heartache, introspection, and hope.

Here, we explore the top 10 tracks that define Jackson Browne’s legacy, songs that have stood the test of time and continue to enchant audiences worldwide.


10. “Before the Deluge” (Late for the Sky, 1974)

A haunting farewell to an old love or perhaps a lament for something much bigger, “Before the Deluge” is a masterpiece of apocalyptic dread. This song foreshadows Browne’s exploration of growing up and out of youthful idealism, themes that echo through his later albums, especially in “The Pretender” and “Running on Empty.”


9. “You Love the Thunder” (Running on Empty, 1977)

A revolutionary live album, Running on Empty, documented life on the road. “You Love the Thunder” sympathizes with the partners, wives, and groupies who share the journey. Its candid portrayal of life on tour adds depth to Browne’s musical repertoire.


8. “Here Come Those Tears Again” (The Pretender, 1976)

A poignant reflection on heartbreak, “Here Come Those Tears Again” is a powerful tribute to Browne’s late wife. The song’s raw emotion and honesty reveal Browne at his most vulnerable, making it one of his standout tracks.


7. “Doctor My Eyes” (Jackson Browne, 1972)

Browne’s first hit single, “Doctor My Eyes,” showcases his ability to infuse upbeat melodies with bittersweet lyrics. Despite its seemingly cheerful tune, the song delves into themes of searching and disillusionment, setting the stage for Browne’s future explorations.


6. “Late for the Sky” (Late for the Sky, 1974)

The epic opener of his third album, “Late for the Sky” captures the moment when hope fades into harsh reality. Its inclusion in the movie Taxi Driver underscores a character’s descent into madness, reflecting the song’s emotional intensity.


5. “These Days” (For Everyman, 1973)

Originally written during Browne’s teenage years, “These Days” has been covered by various artists. Browne’s rendition, with its melancholic tone, conveys a sense of profound sadness, making it one of his enduring classics.


4. “The Pretender” (The Pretender, 1976)

A reflection of the mid-’70s cynicism, “The Pretender” delves into survival instincts marked by lies, cheating, and moral ambiguity. It captures the era’s shift from ’60s idealism to a more disillusioned perspective, revealing Browne’s unmatched lyrical prowess.


3. “Somebody’s Baby” (Fast Times at Ridgemont High: Music from the Motion Picture, 1982)

Browne’s unexpected hit, “Somebody’s Baby,” offers a sweet and genuine love song amid the backdrop of a teen-targeted movie. Its simplicity and heartfelt lyrics made it a chart-topping success, showcasing Browne’s ability to craft universally relatable tunes.


2. “The Load-Out”/”Stay” (Running on Empty, 1977)

This two-song medley pays tribute to the unsung heroes of touring: roadies and fans. “The Load-Out” captures the monotony of tour life, transitioning seamlessly into an exuberant cover of Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs’ hit “Stay.” Together, these songs celebrate the behind-the-scenes magic of the music industry.


1. “Running on Empty” (Running on Empty, 1977)

The title track and the album’s opener, “Running on Empty,” encapsulates the life of a touring musician. Browne’s autobiographical lyrics vividly portray the demands of his schedule, making it one of his most enduring songs. Its honesty and relatability have solidified its place as Browne’s quintessential track.

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