Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac – 1976

Formed in London in 1967, there are few bands who have reinvented themselves as often as Fleetwood Mac. And there are few bands who have had quite the complexity of inner relationship that Fleetwood Mac has endured.  The 1976 hit, Go Your Own Way is the story of a part of that relationship.

f.mac part one

The only original member of Fleetwood Mac in the current line-up is drummer Mick Fleetwood.

During the late 1960s the band was formed and led by guitarist Peter Green. In 1969 they achieved a #1 UK hit with the instrumental, Albatross. What followed was moderate success – until 1975.

f.mac part two

Between 1975 and 1987 the band left its blues origins and became more pop oriented. John McVie’s wife Christine joined the band. So did Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks – success was just around the corner…

… it was in 1977 that success struck. Fleetwood Mac’s second album since Lindsey and Stevie joined the band, and their eleventh album in all was released.

Rumours included four singles that made the US top ten. That included Stevie’s song, Dreams which was the band’s only #1 US single. Rumours hit #1 on the US album chart and started there for 31 weeks. It’s sold over 40 million copies and is the eighth highest selling album of all time.


1] Contrary to popular belief, Mick Fleetwod was never been the band’s leader. The name Fleetwood Mac was coined by Peter Green. He simply combined the names of two of his band mates: Mick FLEETWOOD and John MCvie, and that was that!

2] Two member of Fleetwood Mac have died in the past year. The original bassist Bob Brunning died on 18th October 2011, aged 68, and former guitarist Bob Weston died 3rd January 2012, aged 64.

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  • Go Your Own Way is the fifth track on side one of the 40 million copy selling album, Rumours.
  • Go Your Own Way was released as a single in December 1976. The B-Side ws Silver Springs, a song that has been included as a bonus track on some later pressings of Rumours. Go Your Own Way was the first single release from Rumours.
  • Go Your Own Way was written by Lindsey Buckingham and is about the complicated relationship between himself and Stevie Nicks. It’s said that Lindsey wrote this as a message to Stevie. It describes their breakup with the most obvious line being, “Packing up, shacking up is all you want to do.” Stevie wanted Lindsey to take out the line, but he refused. In 2009 Stevie told Q magazine:

It was certainly a message within a song. And not a very nice one at that.

  • Peaking at #10 on the US singles chart, Go Your Own Way was the band’s first top ten hit in the U.S.
  • Go Your Own Way is ranked number 119 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
  • Go Your Own Way has been covered by: The Cranberries, Wilson Phillips, Carrie Underwood (a duet with Lindsey Buckingham), and Boy George.
  •  Go Your Own Way lyrics.

go your own way – fleetwood mac – 1976 – video

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2 Responses to Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac – 1976

  1. Kevin Simms says:

    GGS – I cant wait for the YES & Marillion blogs. Remember Marillion on the Young Ones !
    I think Joni Mitchell’s throaty chords were caused by nodules and not smoking ?
    keep at it boyo

    • Greg.K says:

      Yeah, I don’t know what caused her throaty voice (as you call it) but I think she sounds great. She sure has copped some criticism, though.
      Marillion – now, there is a band I’ve not heard of for a long time. Unlikely to be on the radio, though. And, I’m not sure they were around in the 70s?
      I almost did a Yes blog the other day. They were in town and being played on the radio.

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