The Eagles Top Five No. 1 Hits

In celebration of transforming into K-EAGLES today for the kick-off of The Eagles re-opening shows at the ‘Fabulous’ Forum in Inglewood, we’re taking a look back on the No. 1 hits the group scored over its influential career.

From “Best Of My Love” to “Hotel California,” revisit the Eagles’ biggest No. 1 hits to gear up for seeing the band live in concert at the Forum.

“Best Of My Love” (1974) from On The Border:

Not only was this hit the group’s first #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, but the song’s title “Best Of My Love” also marked the first time two different songs of the same name reached number one on the chart. The Emotion’s disco hit “Best Of My Love” also hit #1 on the charts in 1977.

“One Of These Nights” (1974) from One Of These Nights:

Written by Glenn Frey and Don Henley, the soul-inspired hit “One Of These Nights” is all about following through on your dreams. According to a 1975 interview, Frey explained: “We’ve all said, ‘One of these nights I’m gonna do something — get that girl, make that money, find that house.’ We all have our dreams – a vision we hope will come true someday. When that ‘someday’ will come is up to each of us.”

“New Kid In Town” (1976) from Hotel California:

The first single from the Eagles trademark album, the song is a realistic outlook on the inconsistent nature of both the music business and relationships. It deals with the fleeting nature of fame, acknowledging that sooner or later, a ‘new kid in town’ will eventually come and replace the hot act of the moment.

“Hotel California” (1977) from Hotel California:

Regarded as one of the best rock songs of all time, the Eagles’ signature hit from the album of the same name is also one of most widely interpreted songs of all time. Fans and critics alike have all offered their own interpretations of the song, but in the Eagles 2013 documentary, Henley states that the song is about “a journey from innocence to experience…that’s all.”

The Eagles alos won the GRAMMY Award for Record of the Year with “Hotel California” at the 1978 ceremony.

“Heartache Tonight” (1979) from The Long Run:

The deep southern-blues influence on “Heartache Tonight” originated after Frey and songwriter J.D. Souther were listening to Sam Cooke albums at his home. With the core melody in mind, Frey, Henley and Souther were still left without a chorus, so Frey spoke to Bob Seger to run the song by him, and Seger came right in with the words for the chorus.

The song also took home the GRAMMY for Best Rock Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group.

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