First formed in 1968, Fleetwood Mac went through a series of guitarists and vocalists until Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined the band on New Year’s Eve in 1974. Although Nicks didn’t sing lead vocals on every track, she did lend her voice to many of the band’s biggest hits. Here are the best Fleetwood Mac songs with Stevie Nicks on lead vocals.
Dreams is an incredible song that still gets frequent radio airplay today. The emotional song documents the drama going on behind the scenes with Fleetwood Mac. At the time, divorces and breakups ran rampant among band members. Dreams is from the Fleetwood Mac album Rumors, which has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide – making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. Dreams peaked at #1 on the Billboard charts on June 18, 1977.
With the help of the University of Southern California Marching Band, the song Tusk holds a world record for the most musicians performing on a single. Tusk was a top 10 single for Fleetwood Mac and peaked at #8 on the Billboard charts on November 3, 1979.
Nicks wrote the song Rhiannon after reading a novel called Triad, by Mary Leader. Peaking at #11 on the Billboard charts (June 5, 1976), Rhiannon is undeniably one of the best Fleetwood Mac songs with Stevie Nicks on this list.
NERD NOTE: Rhiannon is the name of the mythical Welsh horse goddess. According to legend, Rhiannon is falsely accused of cannibalizing her infant son. The child was abducted while under the care of its nursemaids. To avoid punishment, the nursemaids frame Rhiannon by murdering a puppy and covering Rhiannon’s face with its blood. When Rhiannon woke up, she was accused of murdering and eating her son. As part of her punishment, Rhiannon is forced to tell visitors entering the city about the heinous crime.
Go Your Own Way
Go Your Own Way is the ultimate breakup song. It tells the story of the broken hearts of Stevie Nicks and band mate Lindsey Buckingham at the conclusion of their tumultuous romance. It was a sad breakup that the two were able to turn into a top ten hit. Go Your Own Way peaked at #10 on the Billboard charts on March 12, 1977.
Landslide is one of the most popular Fleetwood Mac songs with Stevie Nicks on vocals, but surprisingly, it’s not a top 10 hit. Landslide is Nicks’ personal ballad about choosing between staying where you are or having the courage to move forward. Even though the lyrics in Landslide have the perspective of wisdom and growing older, Nicks was only 27 years old when she wrote the song. Despite originally being released in 1975, Landslide peaked at #51 on the Billboard charts over twenty years later on August 8, 1998, shortly after the band reformed in 1997.
NERD NOTE: Stevie Nicks is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Between her work with Fleetwood Mac and her solo career, Nicks has sold over 140 million records. As a result, Nicks was the first woman inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame twice; once as a member of Fleetwood Mac in 1988 and again in 2019 as a solo artist.
The Best Fleetwood Mac Songs With Stevie Nicks
What did you think of our list of Fleetwood Mac Songs with Stevie Nicks? Did we leave any of your favorite tracks out? Please let us know in the comments below. Just remember that some of Nicks’ biggest hits, like Edge of Seventeen and Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around, were part of her solo career separate from Fleetwood Mac. That’s why they aren’t on this list.
Rhiannon is a great song but I like dreams the best.