Hotel California is the fifth studio album by the American rock band The Eagles , released on Asylum in late 1976. It is the first Eagles album without the appearance of their founding member Bernie Leadon and their first album with guitarist Joe Walsh. It is also the last album featuring original bassist Randy Meisner . The album became the band's best selling studio album with over 16 million copies sold in the U.S. alone and over 32 million copies sold worldwide.
The album yielded three Top 20 singles, "New Kid in Town", "Hotel California", and "Life In The Fast Lane . "New Kid in Town" and "Hotel California" both topped the Billboard top 100 , and "Life in the Fast Lane" reached number 11 on the charts. The album was ranked number 37 on Rolling Stones list of "500 greatest albums of all time. "