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Now here's something I did not know: Eagles—Their Greatest Hits, the one that doesn't have "Hotel California," is the top-selling album in the history of the United States. This information comes from a Canadian paper, so they may just be making it up to humiliate us, but the numbers are: 28 million copies sold so far (enough, notes The Globe and Mail's J.D. Considine, for "Lyin' Eyes" and "Witchy Woman" to be owned by "nearly one in every 10 Americans"), with bigger sales than such lumbering dinosaurs as Rumours, Thriller, and The Wall, and with a quarter of those sales coming in the last decade alone. (I'm assuming upgrades to CD from 8-track and wax-cylinder media accounts for some portion of this last bit).

How does The G&M explain this lingering affection for an Eagles lineup that at the time didn't even include Joe Walsh? It was all about putting old-fashioned gringo imagery into a more accessible package:

Truth be told, it's Desperado, Take It Easy and Already Gone that speak most directly to the American psyche. On a musical level, that shouldn't be too surprising, because the country-rock sound the early Eagles perfected was profoundly influential. Unlike the archival approach taken by such country-rock predecessors as Gram Parsons or the Flying Burrito Brothers, the Eagles' sound was more interested in adding polish than in tracing roots. However much their vocal harmonies owed to the Southern gospel tradition, the singing spoke not of a high, lonesome sound but of the cool professionalism of Crosby, Stills and Nash or the Beach Boys. Likewise, the guitar arrangements were painstakingly plotted, with the parts intertwining as intricately as anything Steely Dan ever did. Their sound was slick, urban, rock 'n' roll.

Yet their subject matter was anything but citified. Even though their protagonists—and by extension, their audience—rarely got closer to horseback than riding in a Ford Bronco, they identified deeply and frequently with cowboys and Western independence.

That is to say, The Eagles, more than any actual country acts, are responsible for the current denatured state of "Country" music. "In the nineties," says Considine, "a whole generation of Stetson-topped singers and pickers insisted that the Eagles were as much an inspiration as Hank Williams (if not more)." That jibes with my experience: It takes me ten minutes to figure out whether I'm listening to a country station or some reanimated corpse of KlassiK RocK.

Other possible explanations for ongoing Eaglemania: Glenn Frey's mid-80s admission that he was born in the city and pre-Traffic exercise in pusillanimous Drug-War fence-sitting "Smuggler's Blues," which prompted the tersely named Rock magazine to declare: "To Glenn Frey, the current propensity toward a marriage between the auditory and the visual might, for the most part, mean the obliteration of music by performance. The music scene is just that—a scene. And with the advent of form over content comes dependence on it. Form that is." And of course, Don Henley's intervention to rescue Walden Pond, in the mistaken belief that it was the site of an Oscar-winning film starring Katherine Hepburn and two Fondas.

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  1. jesus fucking christmas.

  2. “…upgrades to CD from 8-track and wax-cylinder media…”

    Don’t you be dissing my 8-tracks! Especially the quadrophonic ones!

  3. The Eagles’ appeal transcended many a genre–the soft rock of the Carpenters Brigade, John Denverish Folk Meisters, Rednecks, yeah, even Black Sabbath Stoners and Zepplo-Hippie Wannabe Douchebags jumped on board.

    …I still find it curious that Hotel California is their most requested song (courtesy of the ZHWD lobby I suspect). I would have put my money on Seven Bridges Road–more universal appeal, less weird imagery, more twang, lots of harmony, etc. It was up there at the time with, like, Green Grass and High Tides.

    I think the only people the Eagles didn’t appeal to was certain Disco types and Punks. Personally, I’d rather listen to The James Gang or Linda Ronstadt. …or the Gun Club.

  4. “I got two words for Don Henley — Joe Fuckin’ Walsh. Thanks for playing, Don; how long’s your pony tail now?” — Denis Leary

  5. I still find it curious that Hotel California is their most requested song

    Might have something to do with the fact that it’s their only listenable song.

  6. I’ve known Christians who were fond of burning Eagles CDs, tapes, etc. because of their “satanic content.” They claim that they can hear the voice of satan CD goes up in flames.

    Ken Shultz,

    Hmm, punk. That explains my dislike of the Eagles. Linda Ronstadt? *puke*

  7. Might have something to do with the fact that it’s their only listenable song.

    If I’m listening to that in the afterlife, I’ve gone to the wrong place.

  8. I much prefer the Spanishified version of “Hotel California” by the Gipsy Kings (it’s on the Big Lebowski soundtrack).

  9. I saw the Eagles first tour back in 71 or 72 when they were the backup band for Jethro Tull. Linda Rondstant also toured with the band and did lots of the singing. Bernie Leadon was on lead guitar

  10. Stevo,

    Right on about the Gypsy Kings version. Also, what made Hotel California listenable was the that it was bit off of We Used to Know by Jethro Tull. Or so says Ian…

  11. Eagles?Their Greatest Hits, the one that doesn’t have “Hotel California,” is the top-selling album in the history of the United States.

    I can’t be the only one that finds this, not even remotely believable.

  12. Fun fact about “Hotel California” — its working title in the studio was “Mexican reggae.” Listen to it again, keeping that in mind, and you’ll realize that it’s basically a reggae song (the drum fill after “steely knives,” the weird diction of lines like “she got the Mercedes Benz,” the wacka rhythm guitar).

    Beyond that, I’d just add that I’m unaware of a single *interesting* harmony on an Eagles song (or CS&N, for that matter). It’s all predictable fourths and fifths and octaves, with very little variation or note-bending. There’s more harmonic innovation in Brian Wilson’s foot-long toenail than on an entire stage full of screamin’ Eagles.

  13. Now here’s something I did not know: Eagles?Their Greatest Hits, the one that doesn’t have “Hotel California,” is the top-selling album in the history of the United States. This information comes from a Canadian paper, so they may just be making it up to humiliate us….

    I hope they are just making this up to humiliate us, because if it’s not made up, then I completely understand why America could be doomed to crumble from the inside out.

    The Eagles are pure, unadulterated crap.

    They are the ultimate downfall of pop music.

    They are perpetuators of the ever-present generic, conglomerate, adult-contemporary-RnB-rock-roots-pseudo-psychadelic-pop garbage that clogs radio airwaves across our nation.

    [Rock over London, Rock on Chicago.
    Western Union: It’s the Fastest Way to Send Money! ]

    I did like the Gypsy Kings version of “Hotel California”, though. Mexican/Spanish music rocks.

  14. The version of Desperado in the movie “In America”, which is sung by a 12 year old girl, is much better than the original.

  15. Matt Welch,

    No, no. Its clearly a satanic song! 🙂

  16. The version of Desperado in the movie “In America”, which is sung by a 12 year old girl, is much better than the original.

    Incidentally, I have a copy of the CD from which that song was taken…it’s called “The Langely Schools Music Project”…and yes, sadly the little girl sings the song much better than Don Henley could manage, to his discredit.

    Also, with regards to Matt Welch’s post, I initially had meant to type:

    They are perpetuators of the ever-present generic, conglomerate, adult-contemporary-RnB-rock-roots-pseudo-psychadelic-reggae-pop garbage that clogs radio airwaves across our nation.

  17. I’m an old punker, and I like the Eagles.
    *Dons bunker gear*

  18. To me Joe Walsh is not an Eagle. He is a peacock feather stuck up the ass of a once proud bird. And the Eagles without Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon are eagles without a heart and soul.

    How dare they desecrate the name Eagles by touring without two of their best musicians?

  19. “I’m an old punker, and I like the Eagles.”

    …but did you like the Eagles when you were punk? Was this not the very definition of “long hair” music?

  20. Mojo Nixon said it best:

    This is the sound of my brain
    Then I said -This is the sound of my brain on Don Henley
    Then I said -One two three four

    He’s a tortured artist
    Used to be in the eagles
    Now he whines like a wounded beagle

    Poet of despair
    Puffed up with hot air
    He’s serious, pretentious and I just don’t care

    Don henley must die
    Don’t let him get back together
    With Glenn Frey, Don Henley must die

    Cut on the TV
    And what did I see
    This bloated hairy thing winnin’ a grammy
    Huah

    Best rock vocalist
    Compared to what
    Bunch of pseudo-serious Kraft angst-a-matic
    Satanic plot

    Don Henley Must die
    Put a sharp stick in his eye, don henley must die
    Ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya
    Oh

    Quit playin’ that crap
    You? out of the band

    I’m only kidding, can’t you tell?
    I love his sensitve music
    Idiot poetry swell

    You and your kind
    Are killin’ rock and roll
    It’s not because you? o-l-d
    –Cause you ain’t
    Got no soul

    Don’t be afraid of fun
    Loosen up your ponytail
    Be wild, young
    Free and-a
    Get your head
    Outta your tail

    Don Henley
    Must die
    Don?let him get back together
    With Glenn Frey

    Don Henley
    Must die
    Put him in the electric chair
    Watch him fry, Don Henley must die

    Don Henley must die
    Ah ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya

    No Eagles reunion
    The same goes for you too Sting
    Ah
    Oh

  21. The Eagles are responsible for Puntry Music? My ass. This is backwards shite.

    The Eagles may have taken a country-influenced style and polished it up, but today’s “Puntry” (pop-country) works in the other direction; it starts with generic top-40 pop garbage, and adds a li’l bit o’ twang: a slide guitar or two, a southern accent, and a dash of “country” lyrics.

    This is a far cry from polished-up southern rock.

  22. Evan Williams,

    Remember the craze in the 1990s when every country song had to be danceable? 🙂

  23. “In the nineties,” says Considine, “a whole generation of Stetson-topped singers and pickers insisted that the Eagles were as much an inspiration as Hank Williams (if not more).”

    That may have been true in the 1990s, but I swear that on the few occasions I listen to country radio today, Journey seems to be an even bigger influence than the Eagles or Hank.

  24. “This information comes from a Canadian paper, so they may just be making it up to humiliate us…”

    I take offense at that – far be it from us to undertake a classic rawk misinformation campaign, when everyone already knows that Randy Bachman can kick Glenn Frey’s flaccid, country-lite ass, and still have enough left to roll over the Doobie Bros. (b-b-b-baby!)

  25. As revenge, maybe I will start a smear campaign on Cananada claiming that Avril Lavigne’s albums are the top selling albums there.

    That seems equally unbecoming, IMHO.

  26. I think you meant to say that Randy Bachman could eat Frey, Henley, and Walsh, and have room left over for all the Doobie Brothers and their roadies.

  27. Canada has no room to talk, having produced Anne Murray and Shit-nia Twain…

  28. Bah. The Eagles are the band the rock snots love to hate. They weren’t ‘edgy’ enough, they weren’t punk enough, they didn’t rock hard enough. Whatever.

    What the Eagles were is a band of highly professional, highly skilled musicians playing songs that were brilliantly crafted. There is nothing wrong with that, even if it isn’t Radiohead or the Allman Brothers.

    The Eagles were the most successful band of the 1970’s, and one of the most successful touring bands in the 1990’s. There’s a reason for that. Great songs don’t have to fit your preconception of what rock or country is ‘supposed’ to be. They can stand on their own. Songs like “Peaceful Easy Feeling”, “Tequila Sunrise”, “Desperado”, “New Kid in Town”, “I Can’t Tell You Why”, “Seven Bridges Road”, “Best of My Love”, and “Wasted Time” are just beautiful songs, performed beautifully. They can be appreciated on the level that you appreciate a beautiful sunset. And that’s the key to the success of the Eagles – listening to their music makes people feel relaxed and happy the same way a warm summer evening does.

  29. Tim, I think Randy Bachman is thin now. I think he got the stomach surgery.

  30. 28 million sold thus far – topping thriller which is next at 26

    http://www.riaa.com/gp/bestsellers/topalbums.asp

  31. Speaking of Big Lebowski, let’s let The Dude have the last word on The Eagles.

  32. “They can be appreciated on the level that you appreciate a beautiful sunset. And that’s the key to the success of the Eagles – listening to their music makes people feel relaxed and happy the same way a warm summer evening does.”

    …That’s what my grandparents used to say about Lawrence Welk.

  33. …but did you like the Eagles when you were punk? Was this not the very definition of “long hair” music?

    I’m not sure I ever did stop being punk. I’ve got Minor Threat playing at my desk right now. But yeah, I liked them even as a punk kid. Granted, they’re not edgy or particularly innovative, but they did write some good songs.

  34. The Eagles were just a lighter version of the entire Cosmic Cowboy Country Rocker scene of the 70s. After Gene Clark left the Byrds he was replaced by Graham Parsons. The Byrds released Sweetheard of the Rodeo in 1968. Parsons and Chris Hillman leave to form the Flying Burrito Bros. Soon Bands like Marshall Tucker from South Carolina are putting out Gold Albums. A few old timers take notice like Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Austin Texas is going to be the Nashville of the country rock scene. Michael Murphy, Doug Sahm,and Augie Meyer. Armadillo World Headquarters, Split Rail, Soap Creek Saloon and the Broken Spoke. Dickey Betts, guitarist for Allman Brothers puts out a country rocker album in the mid 70s. Good 12yr run for this type of music and then the movie Urban Cowboy comes out and pretty much destroys it all :>)

  35. “They weren’t ‘edgy’ enough, they weren’t punk enough, they didn’t rock hard enough.”

    Just for the record, I’d like to say that I wasn’t suggesting that the Eagles weren’t punk enough–they weren’t punk at all. In fact, it’s their brand of music–at least as much as Disco–that made punk absolutely essential.

    “I’m not sure I ever did stop being punk.”

    …yeah, it never completely leaves you.

    “…and then the movie Urban Cowboy comes out and pretty much destroys it all.”

    It’s hard to overstate the influence of John Travolta on popular culture in the ’70s, I think.

    People in Philadelphia and Boston started buying their clothes at Miller’s Outpost–belt buckles with chunks of turquoise and colorful cowboy shirts with plastic buttons that looked like pearl. I understand that neighborhood bars in Los Angeles installed mechanical bulls! …WTF?

  36. “28 million sold thus far – topping thriller which is next at 26”

    Thriller still has the distinction of being the best selling original release, I do believe.

  37. Yep, seems everyone wanted to get in on that mechanical bull nonsense.

    This albumepitomizes the country rocker scene of the 70s.

  38. Michael Nesmith invented Country-Rock. Just listen to his songs on the Monkee albums circa 1966 through 1970.

  39. I am coming to my senses…and this thread smells like pooh gas.

  40. The Eagles were just a lighter version of the entire Cosmic Cowboy Country Rocker scene of the 70s.

    Speaking as someone who really likes that Parsons/Nelson/Sahm/etc. cosmic-cowboy music, and really dislikes most of the Eagles’ output, I have to disagree. You couldn’t have had the Eagles without going through Parsons first, I guess, but their records lacked the other acts’ soul.

    Joe Walsh gets a pass, though, ’cause “Life’s Been Good” is hilarious.

    NoStar: Michael Newsmith didn’t invent it, but he recorded some of the best country-rock I’ve heard. Ever hear “Some of Shelley’s Blues”? Now that‘s a brilliantly crafted pop song.

  41. Jesse,

    Joe Walsh gets a pass from me for the James Gang, “Life’s Been Good” *and* “Rocky Mountain Way”. As much as I disklike the Eagles, Walsh’s solo work is mostly pretty bloody good. He can play too…

  42. Jesse, Heard it? I’ve lived and performed it. I’ve got it in recordings by Linda Ronstadt, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Nez himself. I’ve written two different arrangements for it, my favorite being an up-tempo 4/4 swing version.

    Anyone would be hard pressed to find an earlier recorded country-rock tune that pre-dates Papa Gene’s Blues.

  43. smacky: I did like the Gypsy Kings version of “Hotel California”, though. Mexican/Spanish music rocks.

    BTW, on the soundtrack for “Kill Bill, Vol. 1” there is a butt-kickin’ cover of the Animals’ “Don’t Let Me Misunderstood” (as in “I’m just a soul whose intentions are good”) by Santa Esmeralda. The cover version by Santa Exmeralda is rather Spanishified, flamenco-style — although it’s also sorta disco, but not in a sucky kind of way, even though most disco sucked. (There are also a number of other cool bits of music on that soundtrack, including the very nifty “Battle Without Honor or Humanity” by Tomoyasu Hotei [which is not at all Spanish].)

    Some nice Spanish/Mexican-influenced rock is also on the soundtrack to “Desperado,” too. (The movie with Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas, not the Eagles song. Hey, check out all the synchronicity in this post of mine!)

    Also BTW, just in case anyone decides to look up the Gipsy Kings, it really is spelled “Gipsy Kings,” even though “gypsy” is spelled “gypsy.”

  44. I saw the Eagles in Ames, IA a few years back on one of their too-frequent reunion tours. Impressive performances by Walsh, especially, despite his being apparently too stoned and/or too old to care. The most interesting thing was watching Frey, Henley and Walsh alternately trying to keep their distance from one another on a crowded stage, and making believe they weren’t.

    As a sometime musician myself, I don’t get into discussions of “that’s good, that’s bad, that’s commercial, that’s cool,” etc., or especially about who influenced whom. Most of what you hear or read along those lines by actual players is bullshit anyway, because they know fans expect it. I’ve met a lot of big names and former big names in my time, including Ian Anderson and Dave Pegg of Jethro Tull, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and others in my former capacity doing backstage catering and arrangements at Hilton Coliseum in Ames. By and large, musicians don’t think that way. They just do what they do, hope people like it, and hope it sells.

    Analysis gets left to half-fast musicians like me, critics and blowhard bloggers.

  45. “Also BTW, just in case anyone decides to look up the Gipsy Kings, it really is spelled “Gipsy Kings,” even though “gypsy” is spelled “gypsy.”

    So it’s “Stevo Gipsy” now, is it?

  46. I’ve hated that band for more than half my life.

  47. Upon reflection, I find that I rather liked “One of These Nights” and didn’t mind “I Can’t Tell You Why,” “Take It Easy,” “Already Gone,” and the live version of “Seven Bridges Road.” I probably shouldn’t admit that, though.

  48. That is to say, The Eagles, more than any actual country acts, are responsible for the current denatured state of “Country” music.

    I’d like to be able to blame the Eagles for something like that, if Nashville didn’t have such a long history of running on all fours toward whatever crap they figured could bring in more of the ‘mainstream’ audience & the associated big bucks. I think Lynyrd Skynyrd had at least as much influence on the current generation of ‘country’ performers as the Eagles, probably more,really.

  49. The Eagles “Their Greatest Hits” is indeed the bestselling album of all time in the United States (not sure why that’s so shocking — and it passed “Thriller” several years ago).

    And J.D. Considine is an American rock writer.

  50. The truth is that there is not a song in the entire ‘Country-rock’ milieu, whether you think that contains the Eagles or not, that can hold a candle to ‘Wanna Be Starting Something’ or ‘Billie Jean’.

  51. Actually, anyone who follows music sales stats at all ( such as RIAA Platinum Certifications,Soundscan,etc) Knows that the Eagles have had the album with highest # of US Shipments for quite some time now. Thriller used to be #1 but I think after the initial public molestation allegations about 11-12 years ago and the lukewarm sales of HIStory, Michael jackson’s catalog sales slowed considerably.

    Combine this with the huge resurgence of the Eagles around 1994-1995 and their Hell freezes Over tour and album release which included major MTV and VH1 coverage, soldout stadium tours, and a huge hit single ( plus new “unplugged version of past hit singles,etc)and the Eagles catalog became a fast and steady seller.

  52. Stevo: I forgot about “Take It Easy.” I don’t mind that one.

    All: On reflection, the Eagles’ greatest contribution to American pop culture was to make the “Desperado” episode of Seinfeld possible.

  53. Enjoyment of Punk and Country are not exclusive. As a young teenager (b. 1956) I loathed doodley-prog-rock, and got into Irish music, bluegrass and folk, looking for something with a decent melody. A little boning up on rawk history clued me into the rockabilly cats and their country, blues and jump predecessors. I was listening to country stations, searching for the American version of “the pure drop,” when I couldn’t even pick up WSM after the sun went down, though WWVA from Charleston did fade in and out. So if the Opry wasn’t available there was the Jamboree. Besides, Johnny Cash was cool.

    I got into all the bands BillyRay and NoStar mentioned. Another one was Pure Prairie League, which, in one of its later incarnations hired a young Vince Gill as its frontman. Early Eagles, at least through On The Border was well within the genre. I always enjoyed the double lead guitars on “Already Gone.” As the band got bigger and more popular they became boring, though, almost as bad as their buddy Jackson Brown. I’d sooner spin New Riders or Poco.

    I did own a copy of One Of These Nights, but that was justified by the presence of “Journey of The Sorceror”, which allowed one to make Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy pastiches for the answering machine.

    When considering a Country/Punk nexus, presumably while listening to a Knitters side or EC’s Almost Blue, one can remember that the UK’s pubrockers grooved on country, and that even CBGB was supposed to host country bands.

    BTW, when comparing total album/CD sales, don’t forget how the introduction of Soundscan affected the charts. It seems that the reporting systems that relied on compliance by store staff biased surveys against country acts, and the Garths and Shanias screamed up the charts once point-of-sales info, not the opinions of the hipper-than-thou clerk the store manager had doing the reporting, became the data portal.

    Kevin

  54. Bernie Leadon was on lead guitar.

    Bernie was also knockin’ the bottom out of Patti Davis, which mortified Ronnie and Nancy, who couldn’t stand the idea of their rebellious little girl living in sin with a pot-smoking musician. Later, she escalated the game by posing for Playboy…

  55. It’s not one in ten, it’s us saps that bought the vinyl, bought the 8-track, bought the cassette, and then bought the CD.

    But somebody already said that, I think it was Chuck.

  56. The only use I have for The Eagles is to drown out arguments with my girlfriend when the neighbors are listening.

  57. I’m with Number6, here. I’ve never believed in compartmentalizing taste, nor in the received canon of What Is Good And What Is Bad in popular music. To my ears, Bob Dylan is unlistenable garbage, and the Rolling Stones — with the exception of several very brilliant singles — are the most overrated band in rock history. Not because I’m contrarian or trend-hopping, but because I don’t fuckin’ like their music.

    Meanwhile, my iPod contains all of the Eagles’ two greatest hits records, and the entirety of the Buzzcocks’ Singles Going Steady, and most of the Beatles’ recorded output, and the avant-garde stuff that Sonic Youth did with Jim O’Rourke on their SYR label, and the Monkees, and that Ted Leo acoustic version of the new Kelly Clarkson song, and Blue Train, and all kinds of stuff. You either like stuff, or you don’t, but with a few rare and remarkable exception, bands aren’t “bad” on some objective scale of worth.

  58. Jesse, thanks for that link to the “Desperado” Seinfeld episode! (I may be the only adult American who loves Seinfeld but has yet to see most of the series. (I’ve been busy!)

  59. It’s just that .. Eagles crap sounds bad and the lyrics grate. And it’s far worse when we are supposed to take serously figures like Don Henley with his pretentious (but in fact brain dead) songs.

  60. Jeziz, you gotta hate the Eagles to read/work at this rag?? Most of their songs (not “Hotel California”, though) are still very listenable, especially the ones cited in the article. Compare that to Thriller especially, which I can’t even listen to without thinking about that freak from Neverland.

  61. What Billie Ray said. Yep.

    And I’ve already forgotten who said it but, yes, as entertaining as Joe Walsh can be (in a Joe Cocker kind of way) he isn’t an Eagle.

    For me it’s as simple as the ‘old’ Eagles vs the ‘new’ Eagles.

    Is Henley a pretentious elitist? Sure. His lyrics annoy sometimes, too. (Don, the air in So Ca was hazy before anyone lived here–it’s called the marine layer). But sheesh, he’s a rock star. They’re all like that. Being a libertarian brings it’s own special problems with lyric analysis.

  62. A few years ago, I heard the long cut of the Eagle’s Hotel California on a juke box, not the 3min, 15 second thing on KlassiK Rock every other hour. This cut really brought out the “reggae” feel. Does anyone know what album that was from?

  63. The best story about Joe Walsh joining the Eagles is when Joe told Neil Young he was going to join the Eagles, Neil responded “What do you want to play with them assholes for?”

  64. This cut really brought out the “reggae” feel.

    An analogy for those of you who have seen “Ghost World”:

    Eagles::reggae
    Blues Hammer:: blues

  65. Nothing bigger came out of Canada than Bachman-Turner-Overweight.

  66. You guys up for some reggae tonight?

  67. Here’s a good question: Name the top 4 rock bands in terms of most individual albums having gone gold. First two are easy, next two not so easy.

  68. Most Platinum albums in the US:
    1. Elvis Presley, 25
    2. Beatles, 24
    Tied at 3. and 4. with 13 each,
    Barbra Streisand and Led Zepplin

  69. I did say “rock” and “bands” 🙂 In which case:

    The Beatles 42
    The Rolling Stones 39
    Kiss 24
    Aerosmith 23
    Rush 22
    Chicago 22
    Alabama 22

  70. Joe Walsh is still my favorite Eagle for the same reason Ringo is my favorite Beatle: he never checked his sense of humor at the door…

  71. Steve, Alabama, a country vocal group, was no more a “band” than N`Sync was.

    Kevin

  72. Oops! Seems that country band Alabama did insist on playing as well as singing, even if some of their songs sound pretty Statler-ish.

    Kevin

  73. Please, kevrob, a correction, if you will: it’s N’stink.

  74. smacky:

    D’oh! I always get them mixed up with New Kids Synching Schlock.

    Kevin

  75. ANNE MURRAY ROCKS. OVER 50 MILLION ALBUMS SOLD. YOU MIGHT NOT ALL LIKE HER, BUT YOU SHOULD ALL RESPECT HER. SHE’S CHARTED ON BILLBOARD EVERY YEAR SINCE 1970 ALL OVER THE MAP-POP, COUNTRY, A/C, CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN ETC…SHE’S A TRUE SURVIVOR. AS FOR SHANIA AND FOR THAT MATTER CELINE, LIKE THEM OR HATE THEM, THEY ARE THE TWO BIGGEST ACTS ON THE PLANET. CANADA IS TAKING OVER THE MUSICAL PLANET. ADD TO ANNE, SHANIA AND CELINE BRYAN ADAMS, SARAH MCLAGHLAN, ALANIS MORRISETTE, AVRIL LAVIGNE, MICHAEL BUBBLE, DIANA KRALL, NICKELBACK, SIMPLE PLAN, SUM 41, HOOBASTANK ETC ETC ETC ETC ETC ETC
    GOD BLESS THE GREAT WHITE NORTH-RULERS OF YOUR AMERICAN AND WORLD AIRWAVES.

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