The Pop Report

The Eagles Have No. 1 Album of All-Time, Beating Michael Jackson

The Eagles

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” has officially been replaced as the best-selling album of all time by The Eagles’ greatest hits album – 42 years after it was released.

The Recording Industry Association of America told The Associated Press on Monday that the Eagles’ album — “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” — is now certified 38x platinum, which means sales and streams of the album have reached 38 million copies.

The album was released in 1976 and pushes Jackson’s “Thriller,” which is 33x platinum, to second place.

RIAA also said that the Eagles’ “Hotel California,” released in 1977, is now 26x platinum and makes it the third best-selling album of all-time.

The last time RIAA tallied sales for the Eagles’ greatest hits album was in 2006, when it said it was 29x platinum. Sales and streams for “Thriller” were last updated last year.

In a statement following the announcement, Eagles’ singer Don Henley said: “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.”

To measure album sales in a world of streaming and downloads, the RIAA adopted a new method of tallying streams in 2013 – which considers 1,500 streams of an album or 10 song downloads the equivalent to an album sale.

The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and received the Kennedy Center Honor in 2016.