500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Jackson Browne, 'Running on Empty'
Released: Jan. '77, Asylum
17 weeks; No. 11
The Running on Empty album was Browne's grand experiment: a set of all-new songs recorded onstage, in hotel rooms and on the tour bus. The title track was actually written while Browne was driving to the studio each day to make The Pretender. "I was always driving around with no gas in the car," he said. "I just never bothered to fill up the tank because — how far was it anyway? Just a few blocks."
Appears on: Running on Empty (Elektra)