2. Don Henley - 'Boys of Summer'
Don Henley may not be the world's most easy-going person, but he has a way with words. Take the line "Out on the road today I saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac" from his 1984 hit "The Boys of Summer." Is there any better way to show how the idealism of the Sixties gave way to the greed and materialism of the Eighties? He did it in 13 words, and the rest of the song is equally strong. Co-written by Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, it's a simple tale of a yuppie who misses his summer love. It was a huge hit, and the Eagles play it at most of their concerts.