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"If I could, baby, I'd give you my world
Open up, everything's waiting for you..."

Rumours is the eleventh studio album by Fleetwood Mac, released in 1977. It is by far their most successful and popular album, and one of the best-selling albums of all-time. Hits and fan favorites include "Dreams", "Don't Stop", "Go Your Own Way", "The Chain", "You Make Loving Fun" and "Gold Dust Woman".

Riding off the smash success of their self-titled tenth album, the extensive six months of touring started to tear the band apart at the seams. McVies John and Christine had ended their eight-year marriage, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks fought constantly upon their breaking up, and Mick Fleetwood's wife was having an affair with his best friend. However, the only constant that kept these bandmates together was the music they would create.

The band started producing their next album in February 1976 under the working title of Yesterday's Gone, which Buckingham took charge of to create a "pop album." He and Christine McVie laid out the foundations of many the tracks upon guitar and piano, and the band would see what worked and what didn't, splicing portions of songs onto other songs and beyond. However, cocaine and sleepless nights dragged the recording onward, where they would come in at seven at night and wouldn't record until two in the morning. All the while rumors circulated about the band breaking up, replacing members, and other scandals.


In spite of the tumultuous recording sessions, Rumours was essentially all Fleetwood Mac wantednote . It was released to raptorous critical acclaim, regarded as even better than their self-titled effort, and sold extremely well in the commercial department as well. "Go Your Own Way," "Don't Stop," "You Make Loving Fun," and "Dreams" were all singles from the album, though the rest of the songs have all received similar status.

The record won the 1978 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. An episode about the creative process behind this album was featured in the documentary TV series Classic Albums. Time Magazine included Rumours in their 2006 list of 100 timeless and essential albums and it was listed at #26 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album currently ranks at #60 on Acclaimed Music's compendium of various critics' greatest albums lists.



Side One

  1. "Second Hand News" (2:43)
  2. "Dreams" (4:14)
  3. "Never Going Back Again" (2:02)
  4. "Don't Stop" (3:11)
  5. "Go Your Own Way" (3:38)
  6. "Songbird" (3:20)

Side Two

  1. "The Chain" (4:28)
  2. "You Make Loving Fun" (3:31)
  3. "I Don't Want to Know" (3:11)
  4. "Oh Daddy" (3:54)
  5. "Gold Dust Woman" (4:51)

CD-only bonus track (2004 onward)

  1. "Silver Springs" (4:29)

Principal Members:

  • Lindsey Buckingham - lead vocals, guitar, dobro, bass, percussion
  • Mick Fleetwood - drums, percussion, harpsichord, congas, maracas, cymbals, cowbell, sound effects
  • Christine McVie - lead vocals, keyboard, piano, organ, clavinet
  • John McVie - bass
  • Stevie Nicks - lead vocals, tambourine

We're just second hand tropes, we're just second hand troooooooooooooopes...:

  • Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: "Dreams".
    When the rain waSHES you clean you'll know.
  • B-Side: Though cut from the album, Nicks' "Silver Springs" stands as one of the band's most famous songs. It was only released on the back of Buckingham's "Go Your Own Way", to which it served as an Answer Song, but proved popular enough to appear on a later Boxed Set. The live version from The Dance was a hit. It was eventually added to the album proper on the 2004 reissue as the closer.
  • Break-Up Song: Actually, a whole breakup album:
    I don't want to stand between you and love
    Honey, I just want you to feel fine
  • Cover Version: Glee's Rumours.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The album cover is shot in black-and-white.
  • Despair Event Horizon: "Never Going Back Again"
    You don't know what it means to win
    Come on down and see me again
    Been down one time
    Been down two time
    Mmm, never going back again
  • Face on the Cover: Fleetwood and Nicks are posed in profile on the front.
  • Funny Afro: Lindsey Buckingham sports a magnificent one on the back cover.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Mick and Stevie, pictured on the cover. They were in the midst of an affair at the time.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Stevie got the title to "Silver Springs" after seeing a highway sign for Silver Spring, Maryland, on tour and liking the name.
  • Love Hurts: Half the songs on the album.
  • Love Redeems: The other half of the songs on the album.
  • Love Ruins the Realm: "Gold Dust Woman".
    Well, did she make you cry, make you break down, shatter your illusions of love?
  • Obsession Song: "Go Your Own Way"
    If I could, baby, I'd give you my world
    How can I, when you won't take it from me?
    • Also its B-side "Silver Springs".
    Time cast a spell on you, but you won't forget me
    I know I could have loved you, but you wouldn't let me
    I will follow you down 'til the sound of my voice will haunt you
    You'll never get away from the voice of the woman who loves you
  • One-Man Song: "Oh Daddy".
  • One-Woman Song: "Gold Dust Woman".
  • One-Word Title: "Songbird", "Dreams".
  • Pep-Talk Song:
    • "Don't Stop"
    Why not think about times to come
    And not about the things that you've done
    If your life was bad to you
    Just think what tomorrow will do
    • "Gold Dust Woman"
    Well, did she make you cry, make you break down, shatter your illusions of love?
    And is it over now? Do you know how to pick up the pieces and go home?
  • The Power of Love: "Oh Daddy", which praises the protagonist as the "best thing in my life". "You Make Loving Fun" and "Songbird", which express delight with the desired partner and the things he/she does.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: "The Chain" serves as the theme song for BBC's Formula One coverage.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Buckingham and Nicks' lyrics mainly consist of these toward each other. See Take That! below for some examples.
  • Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: "Gold Dust Woman" is a swipe at both oversexed groupies and cocaine addiction, which makes it an odd cover choice for Courtney Love of the band Hole in the soundtrack for The Crow: City of Angels.
  • Take That!: This album is absolutely loaded with Take Thats from one band-member towards the other.
    • Lead single "Go Your Own Way"'s probably the most obvious - the Packing up, shacking up is all you want to do line is Buckingham insulting Nicks. Nicks responded with the single's B-side "Silver Springs" - which features the line I'll follow you down 'till the sound of my voice will haunt you/you'll never get away from the sound of the woman that loves you. The last-named song was, for many years, one of the rarest and most sought-after of Fleetwood Mac tracks because it appeared only on the B-side of the single of "Go Your Own Way"; it had been left off the album because of lack of space, much to Nicks' displeasure, and wasn't officially released on a Mac album until their 1992 retrospective box-set. It's also been added to the reissued and remastered editions of this album, for what that's worth. note 
    • "Gold Dust Woman", which did make the final cut, is a Take That! at the groupies who hung around the male members of the band, particularly Mick and Lindsey.
  • Updated Re-release: Reissues from 2004 have "Silver Springs" added to the running order.
  • Visual Innuendo: The clackers very conspicuously hanging from Mick Fleetwood's crotch.
  • White Void Room: The band members stand in one on the album cover.
  • Working with the Ex: Around the time of this album, the band consisted of two broken relationships and a divorced drummer (who had a fling with the singer.)
  • Yandere: "Silver Springs":
    Time cast a spell on you, but you won't forget me
    I know I could have loved you, but you would not let me
    I'll follow you down til' the sound of my voice will haunt you
    You'll never get away from the sound of the woman that loved you


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