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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1. "Go Your Own Way"

In 1976, early in the recording process of what would come to be Fleetwood Mac's epochal album Rumours, they took some time off from touring and rented a house in Florida to work on new material. With the two relationships at the center of the band unraveling, it may not have been the best time for a family vacation: "Aside from the obvious unstated tension, I remember the house having a distinctly bad vibe to it, as if it was haunted, which did nothing to help matters," Mick Fleetwood wrote in his memoir. While there, Lindsey Buckingham wrote a bruising new song that channeled the darkening anger brought on by his impending breakup with Stevie Nicks. " 'Go Your Own Way' was filled with anger, it was filled with angst," he recalled. With an inverted stomping drumbeat and a taut, aggressive guitar part, it was also a hard-driving departure from the "light rock" with which Fleetwood Mac were being grouped. "I had this idea taken from 'Street Fighting Man,' by the Rolling Stones," Buckingham said of the song's rhythm. "And Mick couldn't quite get that, and he did his own thing." Released as the first single from Rumours, "Go Your Own Way" became a Top 10 hit as well as their tempestuous set-closer, reigniting the drama at the heart of the band's music every night. "I very, very much resented him telling the world that 'packing up, shacking up' with different men was all I wanted to do," Nicks told Rolling Stone in 1997. "He knew it wasn't true. It was just an angry thing that he said. Every time those words would come out onstage, I wanted to go over and kill him."

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