The best-selling album of all time in the United States: The Eagles - Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) poll

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As of November 2012, 29 million copies have been shipped in the domestic market.
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Very surprised that this album has never been polled. I also know that there is not a lot of love for these guys but you should be able to pick a song, can't you?

Poll Results

OptionVotes
1. "Take It Easy" Jackson Browne/Glenn Frey 17
6. "One of These Nights" Henley/Frey 13
5. "Desperado" Henley/Frey 9
8. "Take It to the Limit" Randy Meisner/Henley/Frey 9
4. "Already Gone" Jack Tempchin/Rob Strandlund 7
7. "Tequila Sunrise" Henley/Frey 5
3. "Lyin' Eyes" Henley/Frey 3
2. "Witchy Woman" Don Henley/Bernie Leadon 2
9. "Peaceful Easy Feeling" Jack Tempchin 1
10. "Best of My Love" Henley/Frey/J.D. Souther 0


Bee OK, Thursday, 21 February 2013 02:53 (seven years ago) link

i think i'm voting "One of These Nights." don't think i'm going to actually listen to these songs before the poll closes however.

Bee OK, Thursday, 21 February 2013 02:56 (seven years ago) link

I could be the guy who reps heavily for this because it plays such an important, nostalgic role in my life, but I'm not going to because its probably a losing proposition. If we're voting best guitar solo, it's "Peaceful, Easy Feelin'"; if we're voting vocal harmonies, it's "Tequila Sunrise" and if we're voting best song, it's "One Of These Nights."

this is called money bags (Phil D.), Thursday, 21 February 2013 02:59 (seven years ago) link

They lost me after "Take It Easy," which I've heard too often but still sounds good. Simon Frith once called "Lyin' Eyes" a perfect pop song; really interesting to me, though I can't relate.

clemenza, Thursday, 21 February 2013 03:16 (seven years ago) link

"Lyin' Eyes" has a really weird arrangement! Three verses, chorus, two verses, chorus, three verses, chorus. And none of the verses repeat.

this is called money bags (Phil D.), Thursday, 21 February 2013 03:31 (seven years ago) link

really love this rmx of one of these nights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zvOdt0wZmE

This is called money bags. (zachlyon), Thursday, 21 February 2013 04:51 (seven years ago) link

Here's my favorite version:

http://youtube/watch?v=WczItlE0kLg

pplains, Thursday, 21 February 2013 05:34 (seven years ago) link

http://t.co/nYwnxsTO

pplains, Thursday, 21 February 2013 05:34 (seven years ago) link

Take it to the Limit, no contest

harvester of lols (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 21 February 2013 06:51 (seven years ago) link

that Jimmy Michaels mix is great. where are the acapella vocals from?

Plasmon, Thursday, 21 February 2013 06:52 (seven years ago) link

voted "one of these nights' -- i'll always go for the shameless disco crossover if there is one.

johnny hit and run paul lynde (get bent), Thursday, 21 February 2013 07:09 (seven years ago) link

Take it to the Limit, no contest

― harvester of lols (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, February 21, 2013 1:51 AM (7 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

^ this.

The Eagles couldn't rock out convincingly (or at all, really), and this hits the perfect sweet spot between their failed rock and their failed pseudo-Flying Burrito Brothers attempts. Also, the best vocals in their oeuvre.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Thursday, 21 February 2013 14:31 (seven years ago) link

the irony of this comp being so hugely popular is how many of the biggest or best songs came later -- i may do a poll of other stuff after this thread runs its course. of these, i'm voting for "One of These Nights" narrowly over "Take It To The Limit."

some dude, Thursday, 21 February 2013 14:38 (seven years ago) link

Pre-emptive vote here for "New Kid In Town."

this is called money bags (Phil D.), Thursday, 21 February 2013 14:41 (seven years ago) link

many of the biggest or best songs came later

The recent David Geffen bio on PBS had an interesting bit on this. The WEA beancounters were sure it was too soon in The Eagles' career for a best of, and tried to talk Geffen out of his plan.

Nataly Dawn's echoey swamp sound (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 21 February 2013 15:05 (seven years ago) link

The big Eagles/Rolling Stone feud of the late '70s still makes me laugh (adjudicated over a softball game, I think). Do pop stars ever feud with specific publications any more? If they do, does anyone notice? Has the feel of a When We Were Kings situation on both sides.

clemenza, Thursday, 21 February 2013 15:21 (seven years ago) link

How do I vote for "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"?

Zero Dark 33⅓: The Final Insult (Eric H.), Thursday, 21 February 2013 15:22 (seven years ago) link

Well, first we need publications.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 21 February 2013 15:22 (seven years ago) link

As a Britisher I recognise none of these song titles.

they all are afflicted with a sickness of existence (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 21 February 2013 15:23 (seven years ago) link

No softball game in 2013--Twitter feud, of course.

clemenza, Thursday, 21 February 2013 15:44 (seven years ago) link

I am pretty sure there have been band feuds with Pichfork... I mean, there had to be, right?

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 21 February 2013 15:50 (seven years ago) link

arguably there are more artist/publication feuds in the twitter era -- lupe fiasco crying "boycott spin" because of a blog post in his timeline, etc.

some dude, Thursday, 21 February 2013 16:10 (seven years ago) link

One Of These Nights. Never occurred to me that it was a shameless pitch for disco, but yeah, could be right. The AOR Disco aesthetic makes a little more sense now, thanks.

I actually went to see them a few years back, at someone else's behest - One Of These Nights was the absolute banker tune they just had to play to make the experience to be worthwhile. I got there early enough I thought, but for some reason the fuckers took the stage at 7pm sharp, and OOTN was what I could just about hear booming out as I got to within earshot of the stadium.

Ismael Klata, Thursday, 21 February 2013 16:34 (seven years ago) link

As stated above, OoTN is the ne plus ultra of RAWK acts going disco

Iago Galdston, Thursday, 21 February 2013 16:38 (seven years ago) link

Hmmmmm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNGNLo8K6Fk

this is called money bags (Phil D.), Thursday, 21 February 2013 16:40 (seven years ago) link

Never occurred to me that it was a shameless pitch for disco,

it's no Disco Strangler

Donkamole Marvin (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 21 February 2013 16:43 (seven years ago) link

Miss You is surely the sine qua non of rock -> disco

Ismael Klata, Thursday, 21 February 2013 17:06 (seven years ago) link

Incredible that Hotel California isn't on this. There can't be a more defining song not on a proper Greatest Hits set.

Ismael Klata, Thursday, 21 February 2013 17:16 (seven years ago) link

It wasn't recorded or released when this came out.

this is called money bags (Phil D.), Thursday, 21 February 2013 17:20 (seven years ago) link

For that, you want this:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/80/Eagles_greatest_vol_2.jpg

this is called money bags (Phil D.), Thursday, 21 February 2013 17:21 (seven years ago) link

Ha!

Ismael Klata, Thursday, 21 February 2013 17:21 (seven years ago) link

Wait, they'd gone disco by 1975?

Ismael Klata, Thursday, 21 February 2013 17:24 (seven years ago) link

I meant that OoTN is actually good, unlike KISS and Rod's disco sexploits

Iago Galdston, Thursday, 21 February 2013 18:23 (seven years ago) link

I never know whether to capitalise the T

Ismael Klata, Thursday, 21 February 2013 18:40 (seven years ago) link

I'd take the Kiss song over "Miss You," Rod's song too. The Kiss is definitely the most amusingly anomalous. (That they'd do a disco song, I mean, not that they'd do something crass or shameless.)

clemenza, Thursday, 21 February 2013 18:42 (seven years ago) link

I'll 2nd Phil D.'s comments about the Eagles above. But, anyway, tough to pick here, yet "One of These Nights" gets my vote. Also like "Best of My Love" and "Take It To The Limit". I think this album has made Jack Tempchin a very rich man.

jetfan, Friday, 22 February 2013 01:47 (seven years ago) link

"Lyin Eyes" is very underrated as douchy-singer-songwriter-dude cover material imo...

theStalePrince, Friday, 22 February 2013 03:38 (seven years ago) link

I was tempted to vote for Tequila Sunrise probably because it was a relatively minor hit and hasn't been so overplayed. But I'll go with A-list Eagles and vote for Take It To The Limit.

that's not my post, Friday, 22 February 2013 07:03 (seven years ago) link

It's amazing how the Greatest Hits package overwhelmed any interest in the underlying albums. I must have heard the hits hundreds of times from the 70s onwards without being at all curious about other songs from the same era. Well, one exception I tumbled to much later. I would have voted for this if it had been included:

http://youtu.be/iv-fjv1bbXI

that's not my post, Friday, 22 February 2013 07:17 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iv-fjv1bbXI

Waits' original is amazing but I think the Eagles harmonies are a worthy add.

that's not my post, Friday, 22 February 2013 07:22 (seven years ago) link

First mention/vote for "Already Gone?" The only one on that list I would actually turn UP if I heard it on the radio.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d4cYRxFCko

Nataly Dawn's echoey swamp sound (Dan Peterson), Friday, 22 February 2013 15:47 (seven years ago) link

These are such great songs though. I cant've heard them on the reg since I was in the habit of being driven around by my dad - i.e. for about three-quarters of my life - yet just that list of titles got me humming those choruses instantly.

Ismael Klata, Friday, 22 February 2013 15:51 (seven years ago) link

the perfect sweet spot between their failed rock and their failed pseudo-Flying Burrito Brothers attempts.

lol @ "failed" rock

When released in September 1979, The Long Run debuted at #2 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart and a week later hit #1 dethroning Led Zeppelin's In Through the Out Door. It was the last #1 album of the 1970s, and reigned for eight weeks in the #1 slot. "The Long Run" has sold more than seven million copies to date in the US alone

available for sporting events (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 22 February 2013 15:55 (seven years ago) link

It's rare that a more disgusting batch of songs were assembled on one album, but my vote is "Take It Easy."

I'd vote for "The Long Run" if we polled the second comp.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 22 February 2013 15:57 (seven years ago) link

My parents' record collection was enough of an influence to me growing up that I cannot help but like most of these, despite probably containing as much misogyny-per-lyric as a Nickelback record.

Went with "Desperado."

Public Brooding Closet (cryptosicko), Friday, 22 February 2013 19:46 (seven years ago) link

this is a pretty happenin' greatest hits. if you can overlook overexposure and the fact that they were written by henley and frey, some really great tunes.

tylerw, Friday, 22 February 2013 19:51 (seven years ago) link

i'm with Dan - "Already Gone" is: 1) not overplayed and B) a rocker and helps make OtB a pretty damn fine alblum

making plans for nyquil (outdoor_miner), Friday, 22 February 2013 20:15 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItlY6oIfRVg

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 22 February 2013 20:17 (seven years ago) link

lol @ "failed" rock

Exactly. Their pitiful attempts to rock out weren't gratingly unpleasant or anything, but certainly laughable.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Friday, 22 February 2013 20:31 (seven years ago) link

There is not a single bad song on this album. Fuck the haters.

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 22 February 2013 23:57 (seven years ago) link

ohh man "Heartache Tonight." Eagles Greatest Hits Vol. 2 is so much better song for song than this one.

luaka boppa flame (some dude), Monday, 25 February 2013 01:30 (seven years ago) link

Btw this is actually tied with Thriller, both at 29 million shipped

gentle german fatherly voice (President Keyes), Monday, 25 February 2013 01:32 (seven years ago) link

man balls its way cool you're making your peace with the Eagles but I highly doubt I will ever come to a point in my life where I will respond to Heartache Tonight with anything but pure hateful derision

harvester of lols (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 25 February 2013 01:32 (seven years ago) link

'crazy little thing called love' and 'another one bites the dust' i'm sliding around in the back seat of my paternal grandmother's car. 'queen of hearts' i'm in the front seat of my maternal grandmother's car. she made me wear a seat belt.

balls, Monday, 25 February 2013 01:32 (seven years ago) link

i think it kinda helps that i almost never ever hear them anymore. which was not true for the longest time (which reminds me i've done a similar mellowing on billy joel). mind you i still get outraged when the atlanta oldies/classic rock station ('the river') plays them insanely too much. i think i've probably gotten more pleasure out of yelling out 'ALRIGHT HERE WE GO "LEATHER AND LACE"! "LEATHER AND LACE"!' any time a couple goes onstage at karaoke than i have from actually listening to the eagles ("in the city" which doesn't count anyway excepted obv).

balls, Monday, 25 February 2013 01:37 (seven years ago) link

Still say In The City stuck out like a sore thumb as the coda for The Warriors.

"Yo, we just survived a hyper conceptual run for our lives from candy colored ultraviolet street gangs, from one end of this post-Ford metropolis to the other, and now the sun is finally coming up? Let's lay on some Joe Walsh and THROW DOWN."

pplains, Monday, 25 February 2013 02:25 (seven years ago) link

(Almost said "Let's lay on some Joe Walsh and JAM," but didn't want it to look like I was making a music pun.)

pplains, Monday, 25 February 2013 02:27 (seven years ago) link

no surprise balls and I agree. I've made my peace with their influence on country and I can enjoy a few of these tunes now, but, god, they remain one of the few bands I have no problem being Robespierre and condemning to the guillotine because their personal lives are sufficiently generous and ecumenical to fellow human beings. Fortunately these songs often reflect these attitudes, so hate is easy.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 25 February 2013 02:37 (seven years ago) link

*INSUFFICIENTLY

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 25 February 2013 02:37 (seven years ago) link

The best freelance assignment of my life: reviewing the Eagles's 2003 show, a three-hour Ringling Bros extravaganza during which every member got solo terms and Glenn Frey, cokehead, made a crack about never trusting women with credit cards.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 25 February 2013 02:47 (seven years ago) link

Not sure what to go with here. It ain't "Desperado", though, yuck.

brimstead, Monday, 25 February 2013 03:15 (seven years ago) link

the gaudiness of "Take it to the limit" has really grown on me over the years.

brimstead, Monday, 25 February 2013 03:16 (seven years ago) link

that thing milks its refrain like nothing this side of "Hey Jude"

luaka boppa flame (some dude), Monday, 25 February 2013 03:19 (seven years ago) link

You can spend all your time making money.
You can spend all your money making time.

Now that's deep, man.

pplains, Monday, 25 February 2013 03:24 (seven years ago) link

dude that's the Frey-Henley life.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 25 February 2013 03:24 (seven years ago) link

is xgau's initial takedown of the eagles his most famous long review? definitely got under henley's skin, can remember reading an interview w/ him in the late 80s/early 90s still seething over 'ny critics' that hated the eagles but loved - get this - the ny dolls! he said this mockingly, as if history had clearly vindicated him.

― balls, Sunday, February 24, 2013 7:21 PM (3 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

As you and Sun4r pointed out, yeah, nothing on Henley's radar would suggest otherwise. "But Don, the Dolls influenced the Replacements!" "[derisive snort]" "[coke snort]"

I haven't made my peace with the Eagles (other than "Take It To The Limit"), and don't know if I ever will. The main sticking point is that the insanely rigid drumming. To his credit, Don must have some notion of his deficiencies in this area, since he got Keltner and Porcaro to play most of the drums on his solo records.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Monday, 25 February 2013 03:39 (seven years ago) link

or programmed them

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 25 February 2013 03:42 (seven years ago) link

I've softened, but I'm not handing them any Elia Kazan awards either.

pplains, Monday, 25 February 2013 03:44 (seven years ago) link

obligatory
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_kCR5yQpY0

balls, Monday, 25 February 2013 03:49 (seven years ago) link

ohh man "Heartache Tonight." Eagles Greatest Hits Vol. 2 is so much better song for song than this one.

Neither one holds a candle to Certified Hood Classics.

Stranded In the Jungle Groove (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 25 February 2013 03:53 (seven years ago) link

I'm going with "Tequila Sunrise". So light and breezy compared to the others.

brimstead, Monday, 25 February 2013 03:55 (seven years ago) link

Couldn't find a clip of "Life in the Fast Lane" at the Fast Times at Ridgemont High prom...

clemenza, Monday, 25 February 2013 03:56 (seven years ago) link

Totally enjoying reading this thread backwards. Looking forward to seeing entropy reverse itself and the softening positions reorganize themselves back into full on hate.

Stranded In the Jungle Groove (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 25 February 2013 03:59 (seven years ago) link

didn't want to admit how solid Building The Perfect Beast was when I got a copy a few years ago.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 25 February 2013 04:01 (seven years ago) link

Oh wait, this is a new poll. Never mind./roseannerosannadanna

Stranded In the Jungle Groove (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 25 February 2013 04:03 (seven years ago) link

"Heartache Tonight" by far my least favorite of their singles
have mellowed quite a bit on these dudes, probably because of east coast-> west coast migration
would rank these songs

"One of These Nights"
"Peaceful Easy Feeling"
"Tequila Sunrise"
"Lyin' Eyes"
"Best of My Love"
"Take It to the Limit"
"Already Gone"
"Take It Easy"
"Desperado"
"Witchy Woman"

buzza, Monday, 25 February 2013 04:09 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yb_XEwgfmDk

buzza, Monday, 25 February 2013 04:17 (seven years ago) link

which reminds me i've done a similar mellowing on billy joel

I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart.

available for sporting events (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Monday, 25 February 2013 04:22 (seven years ago) link

don't ask me why aero

balls, Monday, 25 February 2013 04:25 (seven years ago) link

"When you ask for a backstage pass to come and see Joe Perry, give me some advance notice so I won't have to be there."

After my sister and her friends would listen to this and then Rod Stewart's A Night On The Town I would ritually cleanse my record player by putting on "This Boy" - I guess this means I was some kind of proto-Sinister kid./flashback_from_wayback

Stranded In the Jungle Groove (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 25 February 2013 04:28 (seven years ago) link

Reminder that thing in the 90s that album of the (Canadian?) grammar school kids singing the famous rock songs and one kid sang "Desperado"? Which in theory was supposed to redeem the song for those who didn't like it but instead has ultimately added yet another layer of unpleasantness.

Stranded In the Jungle Groove (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 25 February 2013 05:08 (seven years ago) link

Take it to the lemming one more time.

Aimless, Monday, 25 February 2013 05:58 (seven years ago) link

Didn't Don Henley get up on stage once and sing that with Mojo? Maybe at The Hole In The Wall in Austin?

Stranded In the Jungle Groove (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 25 February 2013 06:00 (seven years ago) link

every star that shines in the back of the bus is just waiting for his cover to be blown

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 25 February 2013 06:10 (seven years ago) link

(xp) Yes he did. Supposedly Mojo was impressed with how nice he was and also how he had "balls the size of church bells."

Apparently out of respect, he never does the song anymore, substituting Phil Collins for the former Eagle.

Which I think we can mostly all get behind.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Monday, 25 February 2013 06:12 (seven years ago) link

Phil Collins must die?
Can't let him get back together with Glen Frey?

Maybe could work in a Miami Vice context.

pplains, Monday, 25 February 2013 06:15 (seven years ago) link

Can't let him get back together with those Genesis guys...?

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Monday, 25 February 2013 06:25 (seven years ago) link

But I take it that the Eagles' influence has been huge on a generation or two of country music, and probably also on lots of pop music that doesn't necessarily mean anything to me.

I used to sometimes use "Take It Easy" in class as an example of 'the moment where music on the radio began to sound more like it does today'.

Anyway, I'm voting for "Witchy Woman".

EveningStar (Sund4r), Monday, 25 February 2013 06:47 (seven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 26 February 2013 00:01 (seven years ago) link

That was my #2 pick.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 26 February 2013 00:01 (seven years ago) link

I used to sometimes use "Take It Easy" in class as an example of 'the moment where music on the radio began to sound more like it does today'.

Whoa... I'd like to hear this elaborated on. Or the concept spun off as the headline of a new thread.

Josefa, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 16:36 (seven years ago) link

two years pass...

production (particularly the piano) on One Of These Nights is a sumptuous thing.

piscesx, Thursday, 13 August 2015 00:21 (five years ago) link

lol this thread started a few months before the listening thread that destroyed many lives

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 13 August 2015 12:20 (five years ago) link

I survived with my love of "one of these nights" "I can't tell you why" and "in the city" intact.

(And journey of the sorcerer obv)

Corn on the macabre (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 13 August 2015 12:47 (five years ago) link

the music for "One Of These Nights" is partly based on The Spinners' "I'll Be Around" - so obvious once you listen for it. lyrically it's pretty much the opposite tho... musically it sounds soft and soothing but the lyrics are heart of darkness emptiness. but oh the thrill of the chase &...

Paul, Thursday, 13 August 2015 15:38 (five years ago) link

not that they didn't have it all on a platter (=emptiness in their case)

Paul, Thursday, 13 August 2015 15:45 (five years ago) link

Renegade Soundwave wrote a song about Cocaine Sex, The Eagles lived it...

Paul, Thursday, 13 August 2015 15:48 (five years ago) link


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