Eagles (US country rock band)

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The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971. The founding members were Glenn Frey (guitars, vocals), Don Henley (drums, vocals), Bernie Leadon (guitars, vocals) and Randy Meisner (bass guitar, vocals). With five number-one singles, six Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, and six number-one albums, the Eagles were one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970s. At the end of the 20th century, two of their albums, Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) and Hotel California, were ranked among the 20 best-selling albums in the United States according to the Recording Industry Association of America. By 2006, both albums were among the top three best-selling albums in the United States. Hotel California is ranked 37th in Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" and the band was ranked number 75 on the magazine's 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

The Eagles are one of the world's best-selling bands in history, having sold more than 150 million records—100 million in the U.S. alone. Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) is the number one selling album in the US with more than 38 million sales streams and Hotel California is the third best selling album with more than 26 million sales and streams. Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) was the best selling album of the 20th century in the U.S. They are the fifth-highest-selling music act and the highest-selling American band in U.S. history.

The band released their debut album, Eagles, in 1972, which spawned three top 40 singles: "Take It Easy", "Witchy Woman", and "Peaceful Easy Feeling". Their next album, Desperado (1973), was less successful than the first, only reaching number 41 on the charts; neither of its singles reached the top 40. However, the album does contain what would go on to be two of the band's most popular tracks: "Desperado" and "Tequila Sunrise". The band released On the Border in 1974, adding guitarist Don Felder as the fifth member midway through the recording of the album. The album generated two top 40 singles: "Already Gone" and their first number one, "Best of My Love".

Their 1975 album One of These Nights included three top 10 singles: "One of These Nights", "Lyin' Eyes", and "Take It to the Limit", the first hitting the top of the charts. Guitarist and vocalist Joe Walsh also joined the band in 1975 replacing Leadon. The Eagles continued that success and hit their commercial peak in late 1976 with the release of Hotel California, which would go on to sell more than 16 million copies in the U.S. alone and more than 32 million copies worldwide. The album yielded two number-one singles, "New Kid in Town" and "Hotel California". Meisner left the band in 1977 and was replaced by Timothy B. Schmit. They released their last studio album for nearly 28 years in 1979 with The Long Run, which spawned three top 10 singles: "Heartache Tonight", "The Long Run", and "I Can't Tell You Why", the lead single being another chart-topping hit.

The Eagles disbanded in July 1980 but reunited in 1994 for the album Hell Freezes Over, a mix of live and new studio tracks. They toured consistently and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2007, the Eagles released Long Road Out of Eden, their first full studio album in 28 years and their sixth number-one album. The next year they launched the Long Road Out of Eden Tour in support of the album. In 2013, they began the extended History of the Eagles Tour in conjunction with the band's documentary release, History of the Eagles.

Following the death of Frey in January 2016, Henley stated in several interviews that he did not think the band would perform again. However, the Eagles continued performing in 2017 with guest musicians Deacon Frey (son of Glenn) and Vince Gill.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Eagles (1st album) Eagles 4.35 8
1973 Desperado Eagles 5 14
1974 On the Border Eagles 3 13
1975 One of These Nights Eagles 4 11
1976 Hotel California Eagles 4.45 38
1979 The Long Run Eagles 4 15
1999 Desperado Eagles 1
2007 Long Road Out of Eden Eagles 3.5 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 Their Greatest Hits 1971–1975 Eagles 4 19
1982 Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 1 Eagles 1
1982 Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Eagles 5 11
1982 The Eagles / Desperado Eagles 2
1985 The Best of Eagles Eagles 4 2
1987 The Legend of Eagles Eagles 2
1994 The Very Best of the Eagles Eagles 2.5 2
2000 Selected Works 1972–1999 Eagles 3
2001 The Very Best of the Eagles Eagles 6
2003 The Very Best Of / The Complete Greatest Hits Eagles 4
2005 Eagles (9CD box set) Eagles 3
2005 Heartache Tonight Eagles 1
2013 The Studio Albums 1972–1979 Eagles 5 3
2017 Their Greatest Hits, Volumes 1 & 2 Eagles 2
2018 Legacy Eagles 1
2018 Singles & B‐Sides Eagles 1
Best Selection Eagles 1
Rock Legend Eagles 1
The Magic Collection: Hits of the Eagles Eagles 1
The Very Best Of Eagles 1
Their Very Best Through the Years Eagles 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2017 Transmission Impossible Eagles 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Eagles Live Eagles 4 5
1994 Hell Freezes Over Eagles 3 16
1994 Alive Eagles 1
2005 Farewell I Tour: Live From Melbourne Eagles 5 5
2009 The Eagles New Zealand Concert Eagles 1
2016 Unplugged 1994: The Second Night Eagles 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 One of These Nights / Visions Eagles 1
1976 New Kid in Town Eagles 1
1977 Hotel California Eagles 5 2
1978 Please Come Home for Christmas / Funky New Year Eagles 4
2003 Hole in the World Eagles 1
Already Gone The Eagles 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Love Will Keep Us Alive Eagles 1

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