BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #423: “HOTEL CALIFORNIA”- THE EAGLES – MAY 7, 1977

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Billboard #1 Hits: $423: “Hotel California” The Eagles. May 7, 1977. #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: “Hotel California”- The Eagles
  • Record Company- Asylum
  • Genre: Rock
  • Written by Don Felder, Glenn Frey and Don Henley
  • Time: 6:30
  • B-side:”Pretty Maids All In A Row”
  • Album- Hotel California
  • Grade: C-
  • Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #8 in UK Singles Chart.

I hate the f-in Eagles. I hate this song- I have accused the Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker” as being the most overplayed song on rock radio- but I may be wrong. I will give it a C- for having borrowed the line “you can check out anytime you like but you can never leave” line. Until recently I had forgotten that this was the second single off of the Hotel California album- that “New Kid In Town” was released first- and also went to #1. This was The Eagles at the peak of their popularity. I do admit to being a fan of Don Henley’s limited solo career- he has released I believe 5 albums in nearly 40 years- I like the first three a lot and of course I like Ringo’s brother -in-law who should have received extra pay for having to hang around with these losers.

15 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #423: “HOTEL CALIFORNIA”- THE EAGLES – MAY 7, 1977

  1. Well, Hans, in this case I guess we’ll agree to disagree. πŸ™‚

    While I will admit the tune has been overexposed, I feel it’s one of the best ’70s rock songs I can think of with one of the most iconic double lead guitar solos. I also love the Eagles’ harmony singing.

    But, hey, I think we agree like 95% of the times! πŸ™‚

  2. I like the Eagles a lot more than some readers here, it seems and do like this song though I grant you it is overplayed on radio. But it’s never been my favorite track on that album – I like “New Kid in town” better and think “The LAst Resort” was probably the “epic” statement song on the record, not this one. I think I like “Pretty Maids All in A row” better too actually!

    • my favorites on the album are the two side closers- Wasted Time and The Last Resort. I dislike Life In The Fast Lane even more than Hotel California.

  3. A thing about the Eagles – after all the drug and booze fueled acrimony and in-fighting that led to their breakup — when asked if they would ever get back together, they said ‘when hell freezes over !’
    Then later, hey look ! the Eagles are back together.. and doing the ‘Hell Freezes Over’ Tour. hahaha I got a kick from that

    • and they charged an arm and a leg for tickets on that tour. I could be wrong but it seems like after that tour-the start of escalated concert prices all over.

    • They could have been the first, 1994.. In ’99 there was a Dylan & Paul Simon double headliner tour with seats at $100.. I heard people talking about a Who tour the same year, charging $350.. and the Stones have been doing outrageous prices for years & years.

    • I am not sure but I do remember in the mid 90’s it seemed like all the sudden prices exploded. It would have happened I am sure with or without The Eagles.

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