It remains the biggest-selling album of Ronstadt's career, being certified seven times Platinum (over 7 million US copies sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America in America alone. It has sold nearly 20 million worldwide as of 2014. It peaked at No. 6 on the main Billboard album chart and also reached No. 2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, where it remained for over three years.
The album was criticized by the Rolling Stone Record Guide for being "premature", as Ronstadt continued to have record-breaking mainstream successes for many years following this release.