Fleetwood Mac's 50 Greatest Songs

From British blues to California rock, from smooth sunshine to the most haunting breakup epics ever

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45. "Farmer's Daughter"

At the tail end of their 1980 live double LP, Fleetwood Mac sneaked in a shimmering cover of the Beach Boys' 1963 deep cut "Farmer's Daughter," from a Santa Monica soundcheck. It was more than just a link between different generations of California rock; it was a sincere tribute. "The Beach Boys showed the way, and not just to California," Buckingham wrote in a piece for Rolling Stone. "They may have sold the California Dream to a lot of people, but for me, it was Brian Wilson showing how far you might have to go in order to make your own musical dream come true."

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