The Eagles pass Michael Jackson for the best-selling album of all time

The Eagles in 1977 Don Henley Joe Walsh Randy Meisner Glenn Frey and Don Felder from left               AP

The Recording Industry Association of America told The Associated Press on Monday that the Eagles' album - "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" - is now certified 38x platinum, which means sales and streams of the album have reached 38 million copies.

It might have taken a couple of decades, but a landmark album by the Eagles has just overtaken Michael Jackson's Thriller as the top-selling record of all time in the U.S. Thriller is 33 times platinum.

Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 and Thriller have parried for the top position on that list for years.

"Hotel California", the Eagles' 1976 album with the hit single of the same name, was ranked third, with 26 million units sold.

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While the Eagles' LP takes the gold, 33x platinum Thriller snags silver while yet another Eagles album-Hotel California-follows with bronze at 26x platinum. Sales and streams for "Thriller" were last updated a year ago. "It's been quite a ride", the singer-songwriter added. As well as actual physical copies sold, since 2013 the RIAA has counted plays on YouTube and major streaming services such as Spotify towards a song's "sales", with 1,500 streams or 10 song downloads the equivalent to an album sale.

The Eagles came to prominence in the 1970's in Los Angeles and released a number of huge hits that have continued to stay relevant. (It also spawned one of The Onion's funniest music-related headlines.) Thriller eventually passed the Eagles' record in sales.

As it was previously reported, Scorpio, was streamed over a billion times within one week of its release, surpassing Post-Malone's beerbongs and Bentleys, which came out shortly before.

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