The Eagles greatest hits album has beat Michael Jackson’s best selling album of all time “Thriller”. This reports The Recording Industry Association of America to the Associated Press on Monday. “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” now has 38 platinum, which means that the album has sold 38 million copies. This also means that “Thriller” lost its first position.
The most sold album of all time was released on February 17, 1976, and Thriller on November 30, 1982. In the short term, Michael Jackson achieved 33x platinum but in long term The Eagles won. The album Hotel California is the third best-selling album ever with 26x platinum, according to RIAA. This means that Michael Jackson is being sandwiched by the number one positioned album “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” and the number three album “Hotel California”.
“We are grateful for our families, our management, our crew, the people at radio and, most of all, the loyal fans who have stuck with us through the ups and downs of 46 years. It’s been quite a ride,” Don Henley said in a statement.
Billy Joel is on fourth place with “Greatest Hits Volume I and II”, followed by Led Zeppelin with the album “Led Zeppelin IV”, and Pink Floyd “The Wall” 23x platinum.
The highest recorded song by The Eagles is “Hotel California” and Michael Jackson’s best song of all time is “Billie Jean”. The best-selling single of all time is, of course, the classic of 1942 “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby with more than 50 million sales followed by Elton John “Candle in the Wind” 33 million, and again Bing Crosby with “Silent Night” 30 million.
The Eagles was founded in 1971 and would, with a break of 14 years, continue to perform until 2015. The name refers to the American eagle, the logo of the United States. Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 is the best-selling album of all time in the United States but now also the best-selling album worldwide.