A few weeks ago I write a post called Things I Don’t Write About But Should. In it I talked about lots of things that are part of my life, that don’t make it onto the blog. This year more than ever I’m just going write about a bit of everything and anything. I’m a huge music geek and I am constantly listening to music. I absolutely love 70s and 90s music, so expect a few blasts from the past! I thought I’d start with my top 10 tracks from my favourite band – Fleetwood Mac. Choosing 10 songs was harder than I thought it would be and I would have found it easier to choose 20! But I’ve done my best. At the bottom of the post you’ll find Apple Music and Spotify playlists, so you can listen along.
10. Second Hand News – I love this track from Rumours that is written and sung by Lindsey Buckingham. It’s all about moving on after a break up and although some of its lyric content annoys me a bit, I just love the song. It’s just one of many songs on the Rumours album about the various relationship struggles going on between the band members at the time.
9. Big Love – I mostly just love this song from 1987, because it makes me and Rob laugh a lot. The song itself is pretty good, but I love doing impressions of Lyndsey Buckinghams sexual noises throughout the song. If you haven’t heard it, go and listen to it and you’ll see what I mean. The song was meant to appear on Buckinghams solo album, which later became a Fleetwood Mac album instead. I like the fact that it sounds like a man and a women in the song, but it’s actually just Buckingham on his own (slightly awkward haha).
8. Gold Dust Woman – This song from Stevie Nicks closes the Rumours album and it’s such a rich and complex song. the song using lots of different instruments to create a song that is quite different to the rest of the album, to dazzling effect.
7. Go Your Own Way – This is such a classic Fleetwood Mac song and I hear it played on the radio almost every day. This is another one about the end of a relationship. It’s definitely an obvious track to include, but it’s such a catchy song! I think if my ex wrote this about me, I’d be pretty annoyed, so I can see why this isn’t a favourite song of Stevie Nicks. For anyone not having a revenge song written about them it’s pretty good!
6. Never Going Back Again – This is yet another song from Lindsey Buckingham on his break up! This time it’s about moving on and meeting someone else (it was about time!) This one is fun and catchy and I love the picky guitars and upbeat vibe to the song. I’ll also confess to having a massive crush on 70s era Buckingham, he was sooo gorgeous back then. Such a shame the 80s happened and he went all creepy!
5. Landslide – This Stevie Nicks track from the self titled Fleetwood Mac album, is so beautiful and endearing. The song was written before joining the band, when her and Lyndsey’s album had just been dropped by their record company and things weren’t going well. The song looks back on the past and at life in general in such a beautiful way. Lyrically this is one of their very best songs. This is one I love more each time I listen to it and get to know it better.
4. Dreams – This is a Fleetwood Mac song that almost everyone knows. It has really stood the test of time. This song looks at the Buckingham Nicks breakup from Stevie’s point of view and she does it in a far softer and more beautiful way than her male counterpart! I love everything about his song and it’s a great one to sing along to at top volume!
3. Over My Head – This is the only song on my list by Christine McVie, although I really do love a lot of her other songs. In a band with 3 lead singers (of this era, there were others before) it’s hard to choose. Her voice sounds gorgeous in this song and it’s one that gets in my head all the time.
2. The Chain / Keep Me There / The Chain Demo – Another seriously well known Fleetwood Mac song would have to be The Chain. It’s an absolutely amazing track that features lots of different parts written by various members of the band. When I got the Rumours deluxe album I heard a couple of early versions of the song which are absolutely amazing. Keep Me There is a lovely Christine McVie song, which finishes with the bass and guitar that feature on The Chain. The demo version of The Chain is a long written by Stevie Nicks, which is lyrically almost identical but sounds completely different musically. Both songs are simple and lovely in their own right. With the addition of an old Buckingham Nicks guitar riff, the The Chain we know and love today was created. All the indvidual songs themselves are well worth a listen though.
1. Gypsy – I love this Stevie Nicks song a lot. It didn’t really stand out to me for a long time, but I slowly fell in love with it. The song looks back on a time before fame and success to when Stevie and Lyndsey lived in a single room together with a mattress on the floor. It’s so beautiful and nostalgic. It also explores the death of her best friend and that understanding really adds to the beauty of the song. The song finishes with a stunning guitar solo and to me it’s the perfect song.
If you haven’t listened to much Fleetwood Mac, I couldn’t recommend them enough. I’ve been listening to their music for as long as I can remember and it’s constantly growing on me. Each song gets better the more I listen to it and get to know it. If you’re already a big fan of Fleetwood Mac, try to get your hands on a copy of Buckingham Nicks. This album was the only album created by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks before they joined Fleetwood Mac and it is incredible. The record has never been rereleased, so they are rare and expensive. But you can listen to the album in full on Youtube. Long Distance Winner is my favourite song from the album.
I’ve put together an Apple Music playlist featuring all the songs I’ve featured in this post.
I hope you enjoyed this slightly different post from me. Do you have a favourite Fleetwood Mac song? Do you have any music you’d recommend to me?
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