Blue Letter: The 10 Best Fleetwood Mac Deep Tracks

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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.

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Wyatt
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I always liked "That's Alright." Country-ish deal, pretty good shit

Christina Hildebrand
Christina Hildebrand

Funny thing I read somewhere that Stevie ALMOST was a country singer. On her album she did with Lindsey Buckingham she dedicated the album to her grandfather, AJ Nicks who was a country singer, and calls him "the grandfather of country music." Also if you listen to her first solo album "Bella Donna" there are many country sounding songs on there: "Kind of Woman," the title track, "Leather and Lace" (originally written for Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter - but she kept it for herself:-), and "After the glitter fades." So you aren't far off when u say that wyatt:-)

Ratm
Ratm

I didn't think Fleetwood Mac had any "deep cuts"... but then again, my Dad played the hell out of all their albums when I was a kid, so there ya go. A couple of the songs on the list charted pretty high - wouldn't that disqualify them from being on a list of "deep cuts"?

Christina Hildebrand
Christina Hildebrand

I was mainly referring to stuff that you don't hear anymore on the radio such as songs like "Tusk" and "Monday Morning." It seems like everytime you turn on the radio, when they play one of their songs its usually either "gypsy," "go your own way," etc. Same also rings true for artists like Heart, Rush, The Police, etc. 

Davemelbourne58
Davemelbourne58

No right or wrong answers here, but I'd choose the following songs for my Fleetwood Mac Deep Cuts Mix CD:1) "Monday Morning"from Fleetwood Mac2) "Never Going Back Again" from Rumours3) Since Tusk was a Double Album--I'd pick "I Know I'm Not Wrong" from Lindsey and "Angel" from Stevie4) "Cant Go Back" from Mirage5) "Tango in the Night" from Tango in the Night6) "My Little Demon" from The Dance7) "Miranda" from Say You WillAnd all of these songs sound much better when played LIVE.

Christina Hildebrand
Christina Hildebrand

ooh I like that you picked "Miranda" from "Say You Will." That's one of my personal favs!

Deborah SG
Deborah SG

I'd have placed "You Make Lovin' Fun" on the list and near the top of that list. Christine McVie at her blues piano best.

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

ONE Peter Green track?  Now, that is funny.    Sure the later versions of the band were good, did some great pop albums, but Peter Green Fleetwood Mac is woefully unknown and underappreciated.   YouTube has many examples of that group's wonderful work.

Shegood
Shegood

Peter Green - deemed "the best White blues guitarist ever",easily one of the top 5 BEST guitar players PERIOD.  Every note is essential.  His timing and delivery were so natural - beyond measure.  Vocals, too.  A raw sexy sexy man in the early days.  Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac (as the band was named) was absolutely singular - blues/rock/psychedelic/JAM.  Their early stuff is venerated by Bluesheads.  Danny Kirwan with Green, who plays together like that anymore??!!  PG's Fleetwood Mac took the Blues to a pure rock place.  Untouched in any genre!  Do ya'sef' a favor and listen to some early Peter Green.

wms
wms

I played Rattlesnake Shake and Searching For Madge at my dj session last night. To think what might've been in Green hadn't imploded....

Craig Hlavaty
Craig Hlavaty

 OH YES. 'Rattlesnake Shake'. Killer.

Christina Hildebrand
Christina Hildebrand

My father is actually a fan of the pre buckingham nicks era Fleetwood Mac. I know Rattlesnake shake I think. Both eras are good in their own right if you ask me. 

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