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Weekly Chart Notes: The Eagles’ Greatest Hits

As their music re-enters the Billboard 200 following the premiere of their Showtime documentary, a look back at the Eagles' biggest group and solo Hot 100 classics.

“I was really reminded of how much fun we had. You couldn’t have asked for a better script for a bunch of guys in their 20s trying to make it into the music business,” Glenn Frey says.

Frey and Don Henley recently chatted with Billboard‘s Phil Gallo about the Eagles’ new in-depth documentary “History of the Eagles,” which premiered on Feb. 15 and 16 on Showtime.

Following its airing, two sets by the band re-enter the Billboard 200 this week: “The Very Best of the Eagles” (No. 104, up 54% in sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan) and “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” (No. 143, up 34%). Certified 29-times Platinum by the RIAA, the latter set is tied with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as the top-selling album ever released in the U.S.

“History of the Eagles” presents archival footage of the band performing and interacting throughout its four-decade history. It also doesn’t shy away from the group’s struggles with substance abuse and in-fighting, which, in 2001, led to the firing of member Don Felder. “We were young, we made mistakes, we still make mistakes,” Frey told Billboard. The documentary is the “story of an American band, but it’s also the story of the songs we wrote.

“We’re here because everybody likes the songs.”

Clearly, as evidenced by the Eagles’ 21 Billboard Hot 100 hits between 1972, beginning with the No. 12-peaking “Take It Easy,” and 2003. Ten songs reached the top 10, with five ascending to No. 1. The band’s members have added an even 40 solo hits, led by Henley’s 15.

In honor of the documentary’s release and the band’s resurgence on the Billboard 200, here’s an exclusive Chart Beat countdown of the Eagles’ top group and solo hits. (The following chart is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100. Songs are ranked using an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least.)

25, “The One You Love,” Glenn Frey, No. 15, 1982
24, “Life in the Fast Lane,” No. 11, 1977
23, “The Last Worthless Evening,” Don Henley, No. 21, 1989
22, “Life’s Been Good,” Joe Walsh, No. 12, 1978
21, “The Heart of the Matter,” Don Henley, No. 21, 1990

20, “True Love,” Glenn Frey, No. 13, 1988
19, “Witchy Woman,” No. 9, 1972
18, “Smuggler’s Blues,” Glenn Frey, No. 12, 1985
17, “The Long Run,” No. 8, 1980
16, “The End of the Innocence,” Don Henley, No. 8, 1989

15, “All She Wants to Do Is Dance,” Don Henley, No. 9, 1985
14, “I Can’t Tell You Why,” No. 8, 1980

13, “The Boys of Summer,” Don Henley, No. 5, 1985
12, “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough,” Patty Smyth with Don Henley, No. 2, 1992
11, “Leather and Lace,” Stevie Nicks with Don Henley, No. 6, 1982

10, “Take It to the Limit,” No. 4, 1976
9, “Lyin’ Eyes,” No. 2, 1975
8, “New Kid in Town,” No. 1 (one week), 1977
7, “Heartache Tonight,” No. 1 (one week), 1979
6, “The Heat Is On,” Glenn Frey, No. 2, 1985

5, “Hotel California,” No. 1 (one week), 1977
4, “Best of My Love,” No. 1 (one week), 1975
3, “You Belong to the City, Glenn Frey, No. 2, 1985
2, “Dirty Laundry,” Don Henley, No. 3, 1983

And, the top song on the ranking:

1, “One of These Nights,” No. 1 (one week), 1975

“We wanted longevity,” Henley says in the closing scenes of “History of the Eagles.” “It wasn’t a hobby for us. It wasn’t a game. It wasn’t a pleasant diversion. It was a life.

“It was a calling.”

BIGGER THAN BLONDIE: A latter-day all-male group has its own ties to the Eagles’ heyday, thanks to its remake of a ’70s classic.

One Direction roars from No. 45 to No. 13 on the Hot 100 with its Comic Relief charity single “One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks).” A No. 5 start on Streaming Songs (5.1 million streams, up 1,109%, according to Nielsen BDS) and a 16-8 blast on Digital Songs (135,000 downloads sold, up 26%, according to Nielsen SoundScan) spur the song’s vault.

With the ascent, One Direction’s cover bests the Hot 100 peak of Blondie’s original “One Way or Another,” which reached No. 24 in 1979.

One Direction concurrently climbs to a new peak with “Kiss You” (51-46), which, unlike “Way,” is being promoted to radio. “Kiss” pushes 21-20 on the Pop Songs airplay chart.

HOTTEST OF THE HOTTEST: Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire,” at No. 16 on the Hot 100 (after peaking at No. 11), lifts 11-10 on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart, becoming the chart’s first top 10 that likewise reached the top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, where “Girl” rose to No. 2 in December.

The last such crossover hit? Keys’ own “No One” five years ago. “One” became Keys’ first Adult Pop Songs top 10, rising to No. 9, following a 10-week reign on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.