42 years ago today (February 17), the Eagles changed the game with Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975).
Meant as a way to boost record label revenue while the band was making Hotel California, Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) was a monster and was the first release to be Platinum certified (1 million copies sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America. Of course, this set would go on to sell far more than 1 million copies. In honor of its release anniversary, here’s Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) by the numbers.
- Copies sold: 29 Million
- Place Held On RIAA’s Highest-Certified Albums List: 2nd (1st is held by Michael Jackson’s Thriller)
- Copies sold difference between Their Greatest Hits and Thriller: 3 Million
- Tracks Included On Their Greatest Hits: 10
- Tracks That Went #1 On Billboard’s Hot 100: 2
- “Best Of My Love”
- “One Of These Nights”
- Tracks That Hit Top 10 On Billboard’s Hot 100: 3
- “Witchy Woman” ( #9)
- “Lyin’ Eyes” (#2)
- “Take It To The Limit” (#4)
- Other tracks that made the Billboard Hot 100: 4
- “Take It Easy” (#12)
- “Already Gone” (#32)
- “Tequila Sunrise” (#64)
- “Peaceful Easy Feeling” (#22)
- Only song not to chart on the Billboard Hot 100: 1
- “Desperado,” only because the Eagles didn’t release the song as a single, but it was covered by many artists notably Linda Ronstadt, Neil Diamond and Johnny Cash.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.