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Fleetwood Mac is one of the great blues, pop/rock bands that spawned the successful solo careers of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie

Happy Birthday!

Nicks. However, there is one rather underrated vocalist/keyboardist that almost never gets the attention that she deserves. I am speaking of Christine McVie. Since it is her birthday, I figured we would celebrate and countdown what the Wild Heart thinks are the 10 greatest songs she has written with Fleetwood Mac.

  1. Isn’t It Midnight. Christine, overall, wasn’t considered the rocker chick of the band. That was Stevie’s job. However, she proves on this song, which hit #14 on the US rock charts, that she can rock as hard as Lindsey and Stevie.
  2. Only Over You. Christine was definitely the balladeer of Fleetwood Mac. Even during some of the worst times of her love life she wrote some of the greatest love songs. According to the linear notes of Mirage, this was inspired by her then-boyfriend, Beach Boy Dennis Wilson.
  3. Songbird. Like I said earlier, Christine is the balladeer of Fleetwood Mac. This heartfelt ballad however, was viewed as somewhat of a promise that things would be okay amongst them during the tumultuous relationships that were disintegrating during the recording of Rumours. Even her ex-husband, fellow band member John McVie, said on their Classic Albums episode that this song would bring tears to his eyes everytime she would sing this song at the end of their shows.
  4. Hold Me. This was another song that was, according to some, written for Dennis Wilson, McVie’s then-boyfriend. Sadly he drowned while trying to recover stuff he threw into the ocean in California over a year after this song was released.
  5. Little Lies. Written with her then-husband Eddy Quintela, this song was covered by American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert.
  6. Everywhere. This popular song from both 1987’s Tango In the Night and 1997’s live album The Dance. It was covered by Vampire Weekend in 2008.
  7. You Make Lovin’ Fun. Perhaps one of the most recognizable tracks of McVie’s career, it was actually about the man that she was having an affair with, Fleetwood Mac’s lighting director, during her tumultuous relationship with Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie. This happened during the making of the ever-popular Rumours album.
  8. One More Night. Christine has an amazing voice. What can I say? However, this is a brief return to the roots of Fleetwood Mac before Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined – when it was a British blues band.
  9. Love In Store. From 1982’s Mirage album.
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Ahhhh Fleetwood Mac. A band where you know who dated who and who broke up with who. However, when they make music together, it’s completely sheer magic. On Tango In the Night, this magic once again doesn’t fail them.

On this album, the band members take a more stylized production approach – a slick pop approach that still stays true to the style and music of Fleetwood Mac. Mirage and Rumours were more organic in both their sound and lyrics. Tango In the Night is, but with more production overdubs and a more pop approach. It sounds like they took more production cues from their most popular band member, Stevie Nicks, whose latest solo release at the time was Rock A Little (1985)

The greatest thing about this album is that there is no weak track. Each is a great standalone track. But perhaps one of the greatest tracks is Big Love due to the creative guitar-playing and “love grunting” of guitarist Lindsey Buckingham.

One thing to notice about the album is that the presence of Stevie Nicks is a little less. While she sings backup on many of the songs such as Little Lies, she has less songs where she is the lead vocalist, or even the main songwriter. The reason is due to the fact that she was in rehab for a cocaine addiction. On the other hand, Seven Wonders, though it’s not Gypsy or Gold Dust Woman, is still a viable (and underrated) classic. One surprise great track is Welcome to the Room…..Sara. It almost is a foreshadow of her later work including her latest single Secret Love from her latest album In Your Dreams.

Overall this is one of the most under appreciated albums of Fleetwood Mac. It is definitely a good listen, even though it is a deviation from the normal bluesy-pop/rock that has become beloved among Fleetwood Mac fans.