They’ve taken it to the limit.
An Eagles’ greatest hits album has edged out Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as the bestselling album of all time, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
“Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” has sold 38 million units since its release in 1976, while MJ, whose 1982 opus was previously No. 1, has sold 33 million.
The early career retrospective includes mellow, country-rock hits such as “Take It Easy,” “Already Gone” and “Take It to the Limit” — but not the group’s ubiquitous “Hotel California,” or much in the way of bad-boy guitarist Joe Walsh, who joined the group at the tail end of ‘75.
Lucky for them their 1976 classic “Hotel California” album is the No. 3 seller of all time.
The news left drummer and vocalist Don Henley with a peaceful, easy feeling.
“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,” he said in a statement.
“Thriller” rocketed to the top in 2009 following Jackson’s death.
The RIAA began counting online streaming and digital album downloads in its tally in 2013, as listeners increasingly shift to services such as YouTube and Spotify to get their musical fix. Now, 1,500 streams equal one “album sale” — as do 10 song downloads.
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