What is the best Eagles album? We polled our readers, they filled us in and we ranked them by votes.
4. On the Border (1974)
Eagles' third album On the Border moved to more of a rock sound than its country-rock influenced predecessors. "Late arrival" Don Felder came in to play a lead guitar on tracks (most notably, "Already Gone"). The album's three singles were all solid — "Already Gone", "James Dean" and "Best of My Love" — and guitarist Bernie Leadon wrote a moving tribute called "My Man" to the late Gram Parsons (they were in the country rock band Flying Burrito Brothers together). The Eagles tried out Quadraphonic surround sound for the first time on this release. The album also crossed the border over to the Top 40 (the album and two singles)
3. Desperado (1973)
Seinfeld's Elaine Benes absolutely hated the song "Desperado" — for good reasons, too (watch below) — but Goldmine readers love the album as well as its title track! Ironically, the title track — a staple Eagles song — was not released as a single for the album. Instead, both "Tequila Sunrise" and "Outlaw Man" were the singles and neither broke the Top 40 (the album itself came closer; it inched to No. 41 on the Billboard album chart).
Interestingly, the band recorded the album in London, even though they look like the James Gang on the cover in order to carry the Wild West theme to the max.
2. One of These Nights (1975)
"One of These Nights" is another great title track, but the album is even better — and Goldmine readers agree. A lot of noteworthy stuff on this album: It was Leadon's last album, "One of These Nights", "Lyin' Eyes" and "Take It to the Limit" became mega-hits and the band won their first Grammy. "Take It to the Limit" was so popular that its vocalist, Randy Meisner, became reluctant to sing it live.
The album cover is a bit forgettable though.
1. Hotel California (1976)
Eagles are currently touring on their Hotel California Tour, so you can say that's why Hotel California came in as the No. 1 Eagles album in our fan poll. Top of mind. Nah. The album is stands out in so many ways: The title track, the iconic cover art of the Beverly Hill Hotel... we can go on and on.
It's one of the best-selling albums of all time (Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975 sold more). Honestly, "Hotel California" is one of those songs in the classic rock pantheon that you can hear a million times and never get sick of it. And you probably have heard it a million times, but it's the Felder guitar intro, his guitar combo with newcomer Joe Walsh, the amazing guitar solo, the mysterious lyrics by Don Henley. So good. It's almost like the lyrics state: "You can check out any time you like, But you can never leave."
The other songs are no slackers either. "Victim of Love" "Life in the Fast Lane," "New Kid in Town," Walsh's "Pretty Maids All in a Row."