November 9, 1999: Eagles ‘Hits’ Century’s Top Seller

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Eagles Their Greatest HitsUpon its release on February 24, 1976, the Eagles‘ Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) became the first album to receive a Platinum award from the Record Industry Association of America, commemorating the sale of one million albums (and cassettes and 8-tracks).

Twenty-three years later on this day, the RIAA named it the 20th Century’s top-seller.  At that point, it had earned sales (in all configurations, including CD) of… 26 million! It hit the 29 million mark in 2006 putting it in a tie with Michael Jackson’s Thriller for top U.S. sales.

Their Greatest Hits features just 10 songs including the #1 hits “Best Of My Love” and “One Of These Nights,” plus such early Eagles hits as “Take It Easy” (#12), “Lyin’ Eyes” (#2) and “Take It To The Limit” (#4).

Ironically, some of these “Greatest Hits” weren’t hits at all. “Tequila Sunrise” only reached #64. “Already Gone” peaked at #32. “Desperado” was never released as an Eagles single!

Remarkably, at the time of its release, the band had only put out four albums; one per year between 1972 and 1975. A second compilation, Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, followed in 1982 but has been certified with “only” 11 million copies sold.

Related: Eagles Greatest Hits Vol. 1 and 2 were combined to one album in 2017

The group’s top-selling studio album is 1976’s Hotel California, which includes two #2 singles: “New Kid in Town” and the title cut. It has sold a reported 16 million copies in the U.S. (and 32 million worldwide).

Watch the Eagles perform one of their biggest hits at their 1998 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction…

In 2017, the rejuvenated Eagles were augmented with two new, still-unofficial members–Vince Gill and Glenn Frey’s son, Deacon–for many concerts.

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