Hotel California (6:30)

Cover of Hell Freezes Over

From Hell Freezes Over and 83 other releases

Hotel California is the title song from the Eagles’ album of the same name and was released as a single in early 1977. It is one of the best-known songs of the album-oriented rock era. Writing credits for the song are shared by Don Felder, Don Henley and Glenn Frey. The Eagles’ original recording of the song features Henley singing the lead vocals and concludes with an extended section of electric guitar interplay between Felder and Joe Walsh. “Hotel California” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for one week in May 1977.

It won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1978.

The song is rated highly in many rock music lists and polls. Rolling Stone magazine, for example, placed it as the forty-ninth greatest song of all time. It is also one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. The song’s guitar solo is ranked 8th on Guitar Magazine’s Top 100 Guitar Solos.

As one of the group’s most popular and well-known songs, “Hotel California” has been a concert staple for the band since its release; performances of the song appear on the Eagles’ 1980 live album and, in an acoustic version, on the 1994 Hell Freezes Over reunion concert CD and video release. The “Hell Freezes Over” version is performed using eight guitars in total, and has a decidedly Spanish feel to it - with Don Felder playing a flamenco style intro. During the band’s Farewell 1 Tour-Live from Melbourne the song was performed in a manner closer to the original album version, but with a trumpet interlude in the beginning.

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  • H4Hroadie

    My favourite Karaoke song......pity I can't do it justice!

    31 Aug 5:00pm Reply
  • j41m66a69

    Simply the best of the Eagles

    29 Aug 7:47pm Reply
  • buriuk

    fantastic guitars, great song

    29 Aug 8:44am Reply
  • julianrcs

    Good old songs

    28 Aug 6:15am Reply
  • Mauseprinzessin

    Gruselig, ich hatte schon mal einen Alptraum so ähnlich...

    23 Aug 4:55pm Reply
  • Jjmickle

    Such a lovely place,such a lovely face..

    20 Aug 2:24pm Reply
  • RiverPh_

    Wonderful!

    20 Aug 11:29am Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    Classic of all classics!

    17 Aug 9:49pm Reply
  • Hardwell12

    Wirklich traurig das liedXDD

    28 Jul 10:07am Reply
  • YoQueSe666

    After One of These Nights set these country and folk-influenced rockers on pace to live “life in the fast lane,” the Eagles produced another number one with Hotel California. That record spawned the smooth and soulful title track that classic rock radio stations won’t let us forget: aside from its surrealist lyrics, “Hotel California” showcases some of the most memorable electric guitar chemistry ever between Felder and Walsh. -- watchmojo

    26 Jul 3:50pm Reply
  • granados63

    AWWW Awesome.

    24 Jul 11:53pm Reply
  • dieser0511

    Don Henley

    23 Jul 2:28am Reply
  • dieser0511

    cool!!!!!

    23 Jul 2:22am Reply
  • rodica2014

    wonderful!

    20 Jul 8:39pm Reply
  • mrpaul01

    But they JUST CAN'T KILL THE BEAST!! Dam da da dalum da dum!

    20 Jul 4:02am Reply
  • dieser0511

    nice!!!

    16 Jul 11:22pm Reply
  • Druid66

    I'm from California, and it's SO true: even if you cross the state line, you're still there... or it's still in you. (-: Joe Walsh's guitar work is exceptional on this.

    15 Jul 6:50am Reply
  • websrfr

    Going to see Seven Bridges Road on 7/12 which is a cover band. They are really good.

    10 Jul 9:16pm Reply
  • frazmandemo

    haunting song....

    9 Jul 7:51pm Reply
  • lovehonkytonk

    Now this is a BAND !!!!!!!!!!

    5 Jul 12:06pm Reply
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