Rumours Songs Ranked

Rumours is the eleventh studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released on 4 February 1977 by Warner Bros. Records. Largely recorded in California in 1976, it was produced by the band with Ken Caillat and Richard Dashut. The band wanted to expand on the commercial success of their debut 1975 album but struggled with relationship breakups before recording started. The Rumours studio sessions were marked by hedonism and strife among band members that shaped the album’s lyrics. Often considered Fleetwood Mac’s magnum opus, Rumours has frequently been cited as one of the greatest albums of all time. In 2004, Rumours was remastered and reissued with the addition of “Silver Springs”, which had been excluded from the original, and a bonus CD of outtakes from the recording sessions. In 2003, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.[1] In 2018, it was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry, being deemed “culturally, historically, or artistically significant” by the Library of Congress. In 2020, Rumours was rated the seventh-greatest album of all time in Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. Here are all of Rumours songs ranked.

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12. Silver Springs

“Technically not on the original release, but I don’t care. This song is absolutely amazing! The absolute best of Fleetwood Mac!”

11. Never Going Back Again

“A very smooth and delicious ballad to listen to with guitar fingerings that bring a unique calm, it has a very folksy feel, it’s the shortest on the record, makes the famous rice and beans very well.”

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10. I Don’t Want to Know

“Another one that helps to ease the heavy emotional charge of the album, it carries a country feel, a style that the group faithfully maintains within its repertoire, and which particularly pleases me a lot. The song was written by Nicks before she joined the band, she planned to put it on a second Buckingham Nicks album, initially she resisted this song entering the Rumors, but was soon convinced.”

9. Oh Daddy

“Another with a killer beauty, Christine wrote it in honor of Mick Fleetwood, giving all the value he deserves and acknowledging his importance as the foundation to keep the band going, that’s why he is affectionately called “Daddy”.

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8. Songbird

“One of the most beautiful songs the band has ever made, it carries a tenderness and a deep feeling of peace, it’s Christine’s turn to shine, the track speaks a lot about the self-sacrifice of true love, according to her it has a symbolic value very strong, as it served to unite the band and helped them to go through several difficult times.”

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7. You Make Love Fun

“Running away from what was being done, this one is not dedicated to either of the couples, maybe that’s why it has a more optimistic rhythm. Christine took the vocals for herself, and what a beautiful voice hers, has an imposing presence, contrasts very well with Nicks, each in their own style.”

6. Second Hand News

“Talking exactly about the hard experience of dealing with the break up as bandmates, Stevie Nicks herself said that this recording process drained all the inner strength they had. The track has a more danceable rhythm, oddly enough it was meant to be just an acoustic demo, but when Buckingham heard Jive Talkin by the Bee Gees he was so impressed that he reframed the song.”

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5. Don’t Stop

“It also touches on the relationship theme, but here the lyrics are thinking about tomorrow, trying to move on and stop dwelling on the past, it has an even more cheerful and lively tone, matching the track’s message very well. While Lindsey and Nicks were having a harder time getting over what happened, John, who wrote the song, was a little better resolved with his own feelings.”

4. Gold Dust Woman

“To finish the record we have this great song that highlights another problem within the band, drugs, more specifically cocaine. Nicks wrote it and was certainly one of the most affected by the drug, it’s commendable the will to win they had, despite all the problems managed to get over everything.”

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3. Dreams

“My favorite of the band, no wonder it’s one of their biggest hits, pros who underestimate Nicks show this track, she worked hard on the composition creating the melodies and singing brilliantly, the song was an indirect for Lindsey, but despite being quarreled they respected each other as musicians. This was their only hit to reach the top of the chart of hits in the US, it is also worth mentioning John McVie’s federal bass, showing that he could also add a lot to the band.”

2. Go Your Own Way

” If Nicks nudged Lindsey with “Dreams”, he returned it with “Go Your Own Way”, Buckingham himself said that it is very painful for him to sing this track, it reminds him of many things, but like the fans like it a lot he doesn’t take it off the setlist. The track was the first single from the album, it was the head of their success, it has a perfect format to be played in an arena.”

1. The Chain

“This one I’ve known since a kid, I think I saw it in a soap opera when I was younger, I didn’t know it was by Fleetwood Mac, when I heard it for the first time I had a surprise. It’s a huge opening for the B side, it’s the only one with the contribution of all the band members, just like “songbird”, it carries a very strong feeling of resilience.”