The Eagles' Greatest Hits Dethrones Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' as Best-Selling Album

Cristina Cross
August 21, 2018

The Eagles album Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 has surpassed Michael Jackson's Thriller album as the best-selling album of all time. You can view the RIAA's list of the Top 100 certified albums of all time at its site.

Tagging another accolade onto the top album spot, RIAA added that the Eagles' "Hotel California", released in 1977, is also now rated 26x platinum - boosting it to third best-selling album of all-time.

Michael Jackson's Thriller had always been the second best selling album of all time up till the singer's untimely death in 2009, which caused his record sales to soar to unimaginable heights. Since 2013, the organisation has counted plays on YouTube and major streaming services such as Spotify towards the "sales" number of a song.

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Michael Jackson's seminal "Thriller" album has been knocked off the top spot of the best-selling albums of all-time in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

At least in America, the Eagles now have the most popular album of all time.

The Eagles formed their group in Los Angeles in 1971. "It's been quite a ride", Don Henley said in a statement.

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They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Since Frey passed away in 2017, the band has toured with Vince Gill in the singer's place.

So, the Eagles or the King of Pop? They broke up in 1980, coming back together 14 years later with Henley and Glenn Frey being the only remaining original members. The almost two-year long tour was a huge success, with the accompanying live album selling more than six million copies.

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