The Eagles’ greatest hits album has dethroned Michael Jackson’s “ Thriller ” to become history’s best-selling album of all-time in the United States, according to a new ranking by the Recording Industry Association of America.
RIAA said The Eagles’ album — “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” — a compilation of the country-rock group’s first four albums, is now certified 38x platinum, which means sales and streams of the album have reached 38 million copies, topping “Thriller’s” 33 million copies.
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.
“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,” Don Henley said in a statement.
The new ranking includes sales both of discs and via streaming.