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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7. "Tusk"

A landmark of badass rock & roll bravado: The world's most popular group, after perfecting an L.A. rock formula that went megaplatinum around the world, decided to rip it up and start again. "Tusk" sounded like commercial suicide – yet it turned into one of the weirdest Top 10 hits any megastars ever dropped. Buckingham and co-producer Richard Dashut took a drum riff that Fleetwood devised to warm up before shows and looped it into an evil-sounding sex-and-drugs chant, with the singers practically whispering, "Why won't you tell me who's on the phone?" Halfway through, it explodes into a free-for-all rock jam. Not weird enough? They added the USC Marching Band, inspired by a brass band Fleetwood saw at a village festival in France. It was excess in every sense of the word. "There was blood floating around in the alcohol," Christine McVie later said. "Recording Tusk was quite absurd. ... The studio contract rider for refreshments was like a phone directory. Exotic food delivered to the studio, crates of Champagne."

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