Here are five facts that you might not know about The Eagles' "Hotel California."
2. The song is about "excess in America"
While there have been many theories that contemplate what the song represents, the Eagles' band members have revealed in multiple interviews that the true meaning behind "Hotel California" is a commentary on the hedonism and self-indulgence of America.
“It’s basically a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream and about excess in America, which is something we knew a lot about,” Henley said in a 2002 interview with "60 Minutes."
“We were all middle class kids from the Midwest," Henley said. "'Hotel California' was our interpretation of the high life in L.A.”
3. "Hotel California" originally had a different name
In 2003, Crowe revealed in "Conversations with Don Henley and Glenn Frey," which was part of the liner notes for the Eagles' compilation album "The Very Best Of," that "Hotel California" was originally going to be titled "Mexican Reggae."
4. "Hotel California" was declared a song that shaped rock and roll
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, named "Hotel California" as one of the songs that shaped rock and roll.
The line "They stab it with their steely knives, but they just can't kill the beast," is a playful jab to rock band Steely Dan.
Frey revealed in the liner notes of "The Very Best Of" that they alluded to the "Do it Again" rock band in "Hotel California" after Steely Dan made an Eagles reference in their song "Everything You Did."