Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975)

Released February 17, 1976
Recorded 1971–75
Studio Olympic Studios, London; Island Studios, London; The Record Plant, Los Angeles; Criteria Studios, Miami
Rock country rock

Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) is the first compilation album by the Eagles, released in 1976. The album contains a selection of songs from the Eagles’ first four albums released in the period from the Eagles’ formation in 1971 up to 1975. It was the best-selling album of the 20th century in the United States, and it stayed the best-selling album in the U.S. for some years until it was surpassed by Michael Jackson’s Thriller after the artist’s death in 2009. It is the second highest-certified album by the Recording Industry Association of America at 29× Platinum, behind Thriller.

In 2017, it was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or artistically significant.”

Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) comprises nine singles released between 1972 and 1975, plus the album track “Desperado.” All of these singles except “Tequila Sunrise” charted in the top 40, with five in the top ten, and “One of These Nights” and “Best of My Love” both topping the singles chart.

The manager of Eagles, Irving Azoff, said: “We decided it was time to put out the first greatest-hits because we had enough hits.” However, according to Don Felder, none of the band members had any say in the decision to release the compilation album. The band complained that the album was “nothing more than a ploy by the record company to sell product without having to pay additional production costs”. Don Henley was unhappy that songs like “Tequila Sunrise” and “Desperado” were lifted out of the context of original album in a way that he thought detrimental to the nature, quality and meaning of the music. He said: “All the record company was worried about were their quarterly reports. They didn’t give a shit whether the greatest hits album was good or not, they just wanted product.” Despite being unhappy with the album’s release, the band nevertheless reasoned that it gave them more time to work on the Hotel California album.

Track listing

Side one

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length

1. “Take It Easy” (from Eagles, 1972)
Glenn Frey Jackson Browne
Glenn Frey 3:29
2. “Witchy Woman” (from Eagles, 1972)
Don Henley Bernie Leadon
Henley 4:10
3. “Lyin’ Eyes” (from One of These Nights, 1975)
Henley Frey
Frey 6:21
4. “Already Gone” (from On the Border, 1974)
Robb Strandlund Jack Tempchin
Frey 4:13
5. “Desperado” (from Desperado, 1973)
Henley Frey
Henley 3:33

Side two

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length

1. “One of These Nights” (from One of These Nights, 1975)
Henley Frey
Henley 4:51
2. “Tequila Sunrise” (from Desperado, 1973)
Henley Frey
Frey 2:52
3. “Take It to the Limit” (from One of These Nights, 1975)
Henley Frey Randy Meisner
Randy Meisner 4:48
4. “Peaceful Easy Feeling” (from Eagles, 1972) Tempchin Frey 4:16
5. “Best of My Love” (from On the Border, 1974)
Henley Frey J.D. Souther
Henley 4:35



Glenn Frey – guitars, vocals; piano
Bernie Leadon – guitars, backing vocals; banjo, pedal steel, mandolin
Randy Meisner – bass guitar, backing vocals; lead vocals
Don Henley – drums, vocals
Don Felder – lead guitar and backing vocals on “Already Gone”

Glyn Johns – producer
Bill Szymczyk – producer
Jim Ed Norman – string arrangements
Allan Blazek – engineer
Michael Braunstein – engineer
Howard Kilgour – engineer
Ed Mashal – engineer
Michael Verdick – engineer
Don Wood – engineer
Henry Diltz – art direction, design
Glen Christensen – art direction, design
Boyd Elder – art direction, design
Irving Azoff – direction
Steve Hoffman – digital remastering
Ted Jensen – digital remastering