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11 December 2013, 13:38
Following Fleetwood Mac's successful 2013 tour, we choose our top 5 songs from the band:
Oh, what a beauty. This track has been covered by all and sundry, including Dixie Chicks, Smashing Pumpkins and the Glee cast, but it’s the original that wins out every time.
Released in 1975, it didn’t appear to make much of an impact at the time but its strength has been in its longevity - despite is subdued, regretful tone, Stevie Nicks was only in her mid-20s at the time of writing, which goes to prove the best songwriters are just born full of woe.
Taken from the band's 1979 album Tusk, Think About Me was written by Christine McVie, who re-joined the band briefly for their 2013 tour. It’s simple, straightforward - and doesn’t cover any of the tensions that existed within the band at the time!
Taken from the band’s 1979 album Tusk, Think About Me was written by Christine McVie, who recently re-joined the band briefly for their 2013 tour. It’s simple, straightforward - and doesn’t cover any of the tensions that existed within the band at the time!
This album opener tricks you - if you don’t listen closely, you’d be forgiven for thinking this is an upbeat, carefree song written by the best of buddies. But it’s not; its lyrics are full of pain and suffering, highlighted perfectly by Lindsey Buckingham’s finale, “one thing I think you should know, I ain't gonna miss you when you go, been down so long, I've been tossed around enough".
Surely one of the most-played Fleetwood Mac songs? It’s no secret that Stevie Nicks wrote this whilst her relationship with Lindsey Buckingham was falling apart and we’re sorry to say that their suffering was, in the long-run, our gain.
Let’s face it; there wasn’t going to be another song at number one, was there? We love Go Your Own Way at Smooth and we’re not ashamed to admit it. The song pretty much sums up the whole Rumours album; it's bitter, it's public, it's a full-on airing of dirty laundry for all to see and hear. We defy anyone to suggest a more worthy number one than this superb effort.
So, did we get it right? Our what your Fleetwood Mac Top 5 look completely different? Let us know either way by leaving a comment!