Top 10 Fleetwood Mac Songs

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10. "Little Lies" (1987)

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Fleetwood Mac - "Little Lies". Courtesy Warner Bros.

"Little Lies" was the third single from Fleetwood Mac's 1987 Tango In the Night album. Currently it is their final top 10 pop hit in the US. "Little Lies" was written by group member Christine McVie and her then husband Eddy Quintela. The song's lyrics detail a relationship running through a difficult period. "Little Lies" peaked at #4 on the pop chart and topped the adult contemporary chart. 

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9. "Big Love" (1987)

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Fleetwood Mac - "Big Love". Courtesy Warner Bros.

Lindsey Buckingham wrote "Big Love" intending it to be part of a solo album, but it ultimately became the first single for the 1987 Fleetwood Mac album Tango In the Night. Although many listeners assume the echoing vocals to be a male and female voice, they are both Lindsey Buckingham using an electronically altered version of his voice for the "female" sound. The song reached #5 on the pop singles chart, and, in remixed form, it was a top 10 dance hit as well. Lindsey Buckingham temporarily left the group after the release of Tango In the Night. Consequently the group did not perform "Big Love" live until he returned in 1997.

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8. "Sara" (1979)

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Fleetwood Mac - "Sara". Courtesy Warner Bros.

In 1979 Fleetwood Mac group member Stevie Nicks, writer of "Sara," gave an interview in which she said, "If I ever have a little girl, I will name her Sara. It's a very special name to me.” The comments gave rise to rumors that the song "Sara" was related to Stevie Nicks' feelings after undergoing an abortion when she became pregnant with the child of her then boyfriend Don Henley of the Eagles. In 2014, Stevie Nicks confirmed the rumors were true, but they don't tell the entire story of the song. "Sara" climbed to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 making it the highest charting single from the group's album Tusk.

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7. "Go Your Own Way" (1976)

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Fleetwood Mac - "Go Your Own Way". Courtesy Warner Bros.

"Go Your Own Way" was written by Lindsey Buckingham. It has a very complex, driving rhythm structure. For the drum part in the song, Lindsey Buckingham said he was influenced by the Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man." He wrote the song on a vacation the group was taking in Florida. It proved to be anything but a restful trip due to the difficulties in personal relationships among the group members. "Go Your Own Way" was released as a single in advance of the Rumours album and became Fleetwood Mac's first top 10 pop hit in the US.

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6. "Hold Me" (1982)

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Fleetwood Mac - "Hold Me". Courtesy Warner Bros.

"Hold Me" was the first single from Fleetwood Mac's 1982 album Mirage. The song was written by Christine McVie and Robbie Patton, a frequent collaborator at the time with group members. The arresting music video created to accompany the song was based on the work of surrealist painter Rene Magritte. Director Steve Barron has said the shooting of the clip was very difficult because of strained relationships among the group members. "Hold Me" went all the way to #4 on the pop singles chart becoming one of Fleetwood Mac's biggest pop hits..

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5. "Landslide" (1975)

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Fleetwood Mac - "Landslide". Courtesy Warner Bros.

Stevie Nicks wrote "Landslide" at a point where she needed to make decisions about the future. Her recording act with Lindsey Buckingham had been dropped from its contract, and they were not getting along as a couple. "Landslide" appeared as an album cut on the 1975 album Fleetwood Mac and has become one of the band's best loved in concert songs. In 1998 Fleetwood Mac released a live recording of "Landslide" as a single. While it missed the pop top 40, it reached #10 on the adult contemporary chart. The Dixie Chicks recorded a cover of "Landslide" that hit the pop top 10 in 2002 and topped the adult contemporary chart.

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4. "Say You Love Me" (1976)

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Fleetwood Mac - "Say You Love Me". Courtesy Warner Bros.

"Say You Love Me" was a hit single from Fleetwood Mac's self-titled breakthrough album. It went to #11 on the pop singles chart. "Say You Love Me" was written by Christine McVie about her then marriage to the group's bass player John McVie. A 1979 recording of "Say You Love Me" by country singer Stephanie Winslow hit the top 10 on the country chart.

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3. "Tusk" (1979)

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Fleetwood Mac - "Tusk". Courtesy Warner Bros.

"Tusk" is one of the most unusual songs recorded by Fleetwood Mac and one of the most unusual songs to ever hit the pop top 10 in the US. It was recorded live with the USC Trojan Marching Band at Dodger Stadium. Those sessions were filmed for the song's accompanying music video. The song was built around a rehearsal riff the group used for sound checks. "Tusk" set a record for the most musicians appearing on a single top 40 pop hit single. It went to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Bass player John McVie was away on a trip when the music video for "Tusk" was filmed. A life size cardboard cutout of him is present throughout the video.

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2. "Don't Stop" (1977)

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Fleetwood Mac - "Don't Stop". Courtesy Warner Bros.

Christine McVie wrote the song "Don't Stop" to reflect her feelings after separating from the group's bass player John McVie following eight years of marriage. She says the song is upbeat because she is not a pessimist. "Don't Stop" was used as a theme song for President Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign. It later became strongly associated with his eight years in office as President. "Don't Stop" reached #3 on the pop singles chart in the US.

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1. "Dreams" (1977)

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Fleetwood Mac - "Dreams". Courtesy Warner Bros.

Stevie Nicks has reported that she wrote the essentials of the song "Dreams" in about 10 minutes during a period of great romantic and emotional upheaval for the group. Christine and John McVie were separated and Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were ending their own romantic relationship. The rest of the group weren't impressed initially, but Stevie Nicks convinced them to record the song. When released as the second single from the album Rumours, "Dreams" became the group's only single to hit #1 on the pop singles chart. It helped propel Rumours to a phenomenal 31 weeks at #1 on the US album chart.