On this date in 1977, the band topped the Billboard Hot 100 with a rock classic
"The casually beautiful, quietly intense, multileveled vocal harmonies and brilliant original songs that meld solid, emotional words with lovely melody lines are all back in full force, keeping the Eagles at the acme of acoustic-electric soft rock … The group isn't trying out any new departures here, with the exception of the lengthy Procol Harum-type title cut."
Billboard raved about the Eagles' fifth studio album, "Hotel California," in the Dec. 18, 1976 issue, and astutely gave special mention to the title track: It took over the Billboard Hot 100 six months later, in the May 7 issue. "Hotel California" sold Platinum, according to the RIAA, the only Eagles single to do so, although it was the fourth of the band's five Hot 100 No. 1s and its sixth straight top five.