Between the two of them, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie seperately wrote many of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits, during a phenomenally successful period for the band that saw them sell millions of albums, and singles worldwide. Hits such as Dreams, Don’t Stop, Little Lies, Rhiannon and You Make Lovin’ Fun showcased their talent to great degrees, but which of them was the best songwriter? As Harry Hill might say, there’s only one way to find out…
I’ve set up a poll at the end of this post where you can decide, but first, let’s take a little look at their respective contributions…
You have to begin by saying that Stevie Nicks wrote the only no.1 single Fleetwood Mac ever had, in the form of Dreams, from the album Rumours. Reaching the top spot stateside on June 18th 1977, it has since been covered many times, by The Corrs, Whiskeytown, Tori Amos and also Deep Dish (which Nicks herself provided vocals for), and was recently featured on US TV show Glee.
Her other songs for Fleetwood Mac include Rhiannon, Landslide (used recently in the South Park mid-season finale), Silver Springs, Gold Dust Woman, Sara and Seven Wonders. And in recent years, a sample from her solo song Edge Of Seventeen was used prominently in Bootylicious by Destiny’s Child.
The biggest hit that Christine McVie wrote for Fleetwood Mac was in fact Don’t Stop, even though on this song, fellow band member Lyndsey Buckingham provides the main vocal duties for it. Don’t Stop peaked on the US Billboard charts at no.3, and has since been covered by Elton John, Status Quo, as well as appearing in the aforementioned Glee episode. It has also featured twice in The Simpsons, and was chosen as the campaign song for Bill Clinton when running for President.
Her other contributions to the band include Over My Head, Say You Love Me, You Make Loving Fun, as well as providing the biggest hits from 1987 comeback album Tango In The Night in the form of Little Lies and Everywhere.
Listen With Spotify
If you use Spotify, and would like a reminder of some of these songs, I’ve created two playlists for each artist, with links below…
Time To Decide
I hope you’ll take the time to vote for your choice below, and I welcome all your comments below. I know that Nicks and McVie weren’t Fleetwood Mac’s only songwriters, and that Lyndsey Buckingham contributed many songs himself across their albums (and of course, Peter Green, in their earlier incarnation), but it’s these two ladies who I believe made the biggest contribution at the band’s peak, and the ones I have chosen for this poll. Sorry if this choice offends any of the band’s fans.
Please also feel free to share this poll with friends, and fellow Fleetwood Mac fans, the more the merrier!