The Eagles Albums Ranked

The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971. The founding members were Glenn Frey (guitars, vocals), Don Henley (drums, vocals), Bernie Leadon (guitars, vocals) and Randy Meisner (bass guitar, vocals). With five number-one singles, six number-one albums, six Grammy Awards, and five American Music Awards, the Eagles were one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970s. Their albums Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) and Hotel California rank first and third, respectively, among the best-selling albums in the United States, with 38 million and 26 million album units in sales. The Eagles are one of the world’s best-selling bands, having sold more than 200 million records, including 100 million albums sold in U.S alone. They were ranked number 75 on Rolling Stone‘s 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Here are all of The Eagles albums ranked.

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7. On The Border (1974)

“Ol’ 55 and My Man are two of the Eagle’s all time best and so smooth; Already Gone is an anthem of the 1970s, and You Never Cry Like a Lover and Is It True demonstrate their harmony and depth. Hotel California is their most celebrated; but On the Border May be their most precious gem! Highly recommended and essential American music!”

6. Long Road Out Of Eden (2007)

“I admit I didn’t buy the album when it first came out. After watching the history of this group I knew this was one I had to have. I love The Eagles! This is a band with heart. They have a gift for identifying the times. The album speaks of the angst and difficulty of the times (to me anyway). I enjoy the powerful words and intention of their message. When I listen to it it is with deep reflection of what is going on in the world and the human condition. Powerful and reflective. Not a party album, but one to just sit and listen.”

5. The Long Run (1979)

“This is my favorite Eagles album, and one of my favorite albums in general. “The Long Run,” “I Can’t Tell You Why,” “Heartache Tonight,” and “The Sad Café” are all classics. Besides these, there are some very unique songs like “The Disco Strangler” and “Teenage Jail/The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks.” I find the variety refreshing. I’m glad that the Eagles continued to experiment given their immense success.”

4. Eagles (1972)

“The Eagles took a very shrewd approach to making their mark on music history. They took the country rock sounds of the Byrds and mixed it with the easiness of the folk rock craze of the era. Simply put, The Eagles took a lot of what was popular and made it even more accessible to the public. This record did exactly what the Eagles wanted, made country rock a force to reckoned with throughout the 1970’s. While every song on this album is solid enough, my favorites are “Chug All Night”, “Nightingale”, “Take The Devil” and “Take It Easy”.”

3. Desperado (1973)

“This is their best, most creative album. I never get tired of it. Every song is so well-crafted and beautifully-produced. I recently watched their documentary and I cannot believe that it “bombed” when it came out. That’s crazy! I bought it immediately—I was in high school and they were my favorite band (still are)–and I played it constantly. It holds up well, too. To me, this exemplifies the Eagles–the whole California vibe, the country rock thing, Their image will always be, for me, tied to this album. I love how Jackson Browne and JD Souther are actually in the photograph on the back of the album, as outlaws! I really miss Glenn Frey and hope others give this CD a listen and appreciate the genius that was the 70’s Eagles. I love their other stuff too, but this is the pinnacle, for me. It was good to see them on the Grammys as a tribute to Glenn, with Bernie Leadon, too, and Jackson, but it seemed like CBS really messed it up, production-wise.”

2. One Of These Nights (1975)

“GREAT album, i loved it. It got here fast and sounds great! I don’t do greatest hits, i buy albums. Some songs on the greatest hits may not be so great to others + there may be songs on the ALBUM that is WONDERFUL and not show up on the greatest hits… I was VERY pleased with this one–it being the first Eagles album i’ve purchased! I will certainly buy another!”

1. Hotel California (1976)

“A classic and well worth the money for the vinyl! I was never an Eagles fan at first. But album after album they slowly became a band I started to enjoy! After watching a few of their live performances on DVD and Tele, I went back and listened again and was glad I did! I finally spent the money for this, the best of all of their albums, and was truly taken back by the arrangements and of course,their harmonies! The vinyl was very very quiet! The strings and voices jump off the record! A must if you own a turntable!”