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Blue Letter: The 10 Best Fleetwood Mac Deep Tracks

photo by Jay Lee
photo by Jay Lee

Fleetwood Mac is perhaps the most distinct and musically diverse bands around. What started out as a British blues band headed by drummer Mick Fleetwood and lead singer/guitarist Peter Green became a pop/rock powerhouse with the addition of guitar virtuoso Lindsey Buckingham and his then-girlfriend, singer Stevie Nicks.

One of the things that has fueled their popularity in addition to their music is that they're a walking soap opera. Most, if not all the tracks on their multiplatinum 1977 release, the aptly titled Rumours, are about their relationships with each other.

However, Fleetwood Mac is an album-oriented band. Each album is different and on those albums are some equally amazing tracks.

10. Say You Will

"Say You Will" was the single from their 2003 album of the same name. It was the first album they did without longtime member Christine McVie as a full member since 1971's Future Games. The album proved to be a successful comeback -- it went gold in the US and Canada.

9. Black Magic Woman

This track from Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green era in 1968 was a huge hit when Santana covered it for his 1970 album Abraxas.

8. Seven Wonders

In 1987, Tango In the Night was released. This album featured fewer tracks by Nicks due to her time in rehab for a cocaine addiction. However this song, which was written by both Nicks and Houstonian Sandy Stewart, went to 19 on the Billboard Hot 100.

7. Isn't It Midnight

Keyboardist Christine McVie isn't one that's known for being a rocker. However, she blows everyone away with this guitar-laden track from 1987's Tango In the Night. It reached 14 on the US Rock Charts in 1987.

6. Hold Me

From 1979 to 1981, Christine McVie began dating Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. This song, along with "Only Over You" from 1982's Mirage, is about her relationship with Wilson. Because of his issues with alcohol, they broke up and in 1984, Wilson drowned in Marina Del Rey, California. McVie was devastated.

 

5. Second Hand News

One of the best things about this Rumours-era track is that it shows off exactly what kind of guitar player Lindsey Buckingham is.

4. Tusk

Tusk was one of Fleetwood Mac's most ambitious (and expensive) albums to date. The title track features the USC Trojan Marching band.

3. Sisters of the Moon

Though it was only a minor hit for the Mac, it still has become a popular track among die-hard Stevie Nicks fans. It is Nicks at her absolute most mystical. It foreshadows her solo work on songs like "Sorcerer" from her 2001 solo album Trouble in Shangri-la.

2. The Ledge

For 1979's Tusk album, the band decided to take a more experimental approach. "The Ledge" perfectly captures the experimental approach the band was aiming for.

1. Monday Morning

In 1975, Fleetwood Mac's second self-titled album was released. The two new members essentially breathed new life into a down-and-out band. This track, the first one on the record, shows off the new start for the band with the nicely meshed vocal harmonies of keyboardist Christine McVie with newcomers guitarist Buckingham and Nicks.


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