Fleetwood Mac is hitting the road again.
The band, all of 47 years old and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, recently announced that former keyboardist and vocalist Christine McVie is rejoining the group, which will start a U.S. tour in September 2014. McVie’s return reunites the lineup – Mick Fleetwood, Lindsay Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, McVie and John McVie – that gave the band its greatest commercial success in the 1970’s.
Since its 1967 formation as a British blues band, Fleetwood Mac has undergone countless lineup changes, as well as evolving from blues to rock. In honor of the band’s return to the road, we present a list of essential tunes from a long and distinguished career:
A guitar-based instrumental, Albatross was the band’s third single and first #1 hit. The top hit from Fleetwood Mac’s blues era, it topped the UK charts in December 1968. video
2. Oh, Well
The top hit from Mac’s first rock album, ‘Then Play On,’ Oh, Well only reached #55 in the U.S., but hit #2 in England. It’s still a staple of the band’s live performances. video
This 1975 song, written and sung by Nicks, was the band’s first solid hit in the U.S. It reached #11 in the States, marking the beginning of Mac’s most commercially popular era. video
4. Go Your Own Way
Buckingham’s biographical song about his relationship with Nicks was the band’s first top-10 American hit. It was one of four top-ten hits the ‘Rumors’ album, released in 1977. video
Another single from ‘Rumors,’ this Nicks composition was Fleetwood Mac’s first, and only, #1 hit in the U.S. The song was based on the end of her eight-year marriage to Buckingham. video
6. Don’t Stop
Christine McVie’s song about her separation from John McVie was the third hit from ‘Rumors,’ reaching #3 on the U.S. charts. In 1992, presidential candidate Bill Clinton adopted it as his campaign theme song, and the band performed it at his inaugural ball. video
The offbeat song from the 1979 album of the same name is best known for featuring the USC Trojan Marching Band, which earned the record of most musicians on a single. It reached #8 in the U.S., and #6 in the U.K. video
8. Hold Me
Christine McVie’s pop composition was one of Mac’s most successful hits, staying at #4 in the U.S. for seven consecutive weeks in 1982. video
9. Little Lies
This soft rock song was Mac’s final top-10 American hit, and also the last hit by the ‘Rumors’ lineup. video
Originally written for the band’s 1975 album ‘Fleetwood Mac,’ a live version of Nicks’ introspective song was released from the reunion album ‘The Dance’ in 1998. She has performed the song at every (save one) Fleetwood Mac tour since joining the band. video
Dave Allen, who lives near Louisville, is a professional freelance writer, and has covered news, sports and entertainment for the better part of 25 years. His work has been published in the Buffalo News and Maryland Musician, as well as several other publications.
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