Written by Emilee Lindner • Photography by Getty Images • May 19, 2017
Before Fleetwood Mac lights up The Classic, this July’s epic bicoastal six-band extravaganza, check out these 10 tracks from the iconic band’s discography that every fan should try to hear live at least once in their life.
For more info on The Classic – which also features Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Journey, Earth Wind & Fire and Steely Dan and takes place over two July weekends in L.A. and New York – visit The Classic.com.
Get mesmerized by Stevie Nicks' spell with "Rihannon." Of her 1970s era singing, Mick Fleetwood would say “Her ‘Rhiannon’ in those days was like an exorcism.” This version is 6-and-a-half minutes long, worth every second, and just a taste of what you’ll experience live.
Even newbie Fleetwood Mac fans should know that Christine McVie's "Songbird" is always the chill highlight of the show. It's always a joy to hear the songbird singing.
A song fueled by breakup – one of many, actually – "The Chain" is a great one to witness live... if not for the crazy buildup but the choatic jam at the end.
The long jams are the best, and Nicks and Mick Fleetwood perfected this one into an out-of-body experience.
It's certainly rare to hear Fleetwood Mac play "Tusk" live with the USC Marching Band (like they did on the original recording), but this version from their live recording, The Dance, will give you a glimpse at the sheer massiveness of Fleetwood's style.
Not only are Nicks' soaring vocals an absolute dream on this track, but Lindsey Buckingham has a riffy bell-toned solo toward the end that's one part warlockian and another part finger-picking genius.
Fleetwood Mac's '80s iteration might be a more danceable one, and "Little Lies" should have you bouncing out of your seat and mouthing every word. McVie etches her howling alto into the flutey riffs, jungle xylophone and soaring synth making this tune about lovers' oblivion into something that embraces you, yet isolates you entirely.
"Everywhere" is such a bop. Amid Fleetwood Mac's catalog of breakup tunes, this one's sure to lighten the mood. If you're seeing them in concert, feel free to sing along with McVie as the band effortlessly backs her up. And you know that that bassline is going to have you feeling some type of way.
Fleetwood Mac chugs right along with this feel-good jam, with everyone taking part in the vocal harmonies, so don't be afraid to lend your voice as well.
Buckingham might have gotten over the original angst that fueled "Go Your Own Way" but it's no less of a fiery kiss-off when he plays it live. Use that to power your festival stamina.
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