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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19. "Songbird"

It took Christine McVie only 30 minutes to write this lovely piano ballad. "I wrote the chords and the words and the melody almost as if it was coming from someone else and not me," she said. It was recorded in the empty Zellerbach Auditorium in Berkeley and used as the B side to "Dreams." In his autobiography, Fleetwood said, "We wanted the song to sound like Chris was singing it at the end of the night, after a show to an empty house." The song hit especially hard for its author's ex. "When Christine played 'Songbird,' grown men would weep," said John McVie. "I did every night."

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