We’ve all probably jammed out to a song by Stevie Nicks before. Between her solo work and her time with Fleetwood Mac, she’s released over fifteen albums filled with great tunes.
Known as the reigning queen of rock and roll, Nicks has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. In fact, she’s one of only a few women to be able to make that claim.
With her prolific catalog, it’s hard to narrow down to her best hits. But we managed to find what many people consider seven of her greatest tunes.
Let’s check them out!
About Stevie Nicks
Stephanie “Stevie” Nicks began singing duets with her grandfather in her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, at just four years old. In 1964, Nicks received a guitar for her sixteenth birthday and wrote her first song, I’ve Loved and I’ve Lost, and I’m Sad But Not Blue. Though her family moved frequently, one thing remained constant: she made music wherever she lived.
Nicks joined the band Fritz with her high school boyfriend, Lindsey Buckingham. The group played many shows from 1968 to 1970, including opening for artists like Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.
The young couple released an unsuccessful duo album under the name Buckingham Nicks in 1973. In need of money after their album flopped, Nicks began cleaning houses and waiting tables while Buckingham toured with the Everly Brothers.
In 1974, Buckingham received an invitation to join the group Fleetwood Mac. However, he refused to do so without his girlfriend. Thus, the pair joined Fleetwood Mac. Three of the first four albums Nicks and Buckingham recorded with the band reached number one in the United States.
When Stevie Nicks began a solo career in 1981, she released her album Bella Donna. It went to number one on the Billboard 200 chart in September 1981.
She’s also won two Grammy awards for her work with Fleetwood Mac and has been nominated several times for her solo albums. Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Then, in 2019, Nicks was inducted a second time for her solo works. She made history when she became the first woman to receive two inductions.
#1 Edge of Seventeen
About the Song: Edge of Seventeen has been called one of the greatest songs of all time. Tom Petty’s first wife, Jane, told Nicks that the couple met at the age of seventeen. Due to Jane’s thick southern accent, Stevie thought she said edge of seventeen, giving Stevie Nicks the title of a hit.
She initially set out to write the song about Tom and Jane but ended up writing it about the death of her uncle. The white dove she sings about symbolizes the soul leaving the body after death.
Just like the white-winged dove, Sings a song, sounds like she’s singing, I said ooh, baby, ooh, said ooh
First Appearance: Released on her album Bella Donna in 1981, Edge of Seventeen reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
#2 Talk To Me
About the Song: Chas Sanford wrote the song Talk To Me, and Nicks’s producer discovered it while looking for her next big hit. Originally, she hated the song because it proved difficult to sing, but she loved the lyrics and agreed to record it. Good thing she did; it went on to become one of the most successful singles from her solo career.
Let the walls burn down, set your secret free You can break their bounds 'cause you're safe with me You can lose your doubt 'cause you'll find no danger here
First Appearance: Released in 1985 on her album Rock a Little, Talk To Me peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100.
#3 Leather and Lace
About the Song: Nicks recorded this song as a duet with Don Henley of the American rock group the Eagles. Henley and Nicks both have iconic voices, making this tune very popular. It peaked at number six on the charts, where it stayed for several weeks.
Sometimes I'm a strong woman Sometimes cold and scared and sometimes I cry But that time I saw you I knew with you to light my nights Somehow I would get by
First Appearance: Nicks originally wrote Leather and Lace in 1981 for Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter’s duet album of the same name. When the duo didn’t end up using the song, Nicks went on to record it with Don Henley for her 1981 album Bella Donna.
About the Song: Rolling Stone named this Fleetwood Mac hit one of the best songs of all time. Stevie Nicks wrote it while contemplating whether to continue pursuing music or return to school for a different career.
The song also become a fan favorite, and the band played it at almost every show. In recent years, The Smashing Pumpkins and The Dixie Chicks covered the popular tune.
I took my love, I took it down I climbed a mountain and I turned around And I saw my reflection in the snow-covered hills 'Til the landslide brought me down
First Appearance: Fleetwood Mac debuted this single on their self-titled album released in 1975. The track reached number 50 on the chart, while the album climbed to number one on the Billboard 200.
About the Song: Nicks wrote this song for inclusion on her debut solo album about her times as a struggling artist. However, when she heard that her childhood best friend was dying of leukemia, she decided to hold on to the song and record it with Fleetwood Mac instead. The band recorded the track as a tribute to her friend, Robin Snyder Anderson.
She is dancing away from you now She was just a wish She was just a wish And her memory is all that is left for you now
First Appearance: Nicks wrote Gypsy in 1979 but didn’t release it until 1982 on Fleetwood Mac’s album, Mirage. In 2017, Nicks recorded a solo acoustic version of the song for the Netflix show of the same name.
About the Song: When Fleetwood Mac recorded this song for their album Rumours, nearly everyone in the band was going through a breakup. Nicks and Buckingham, her boyfriend of eight years, finally split. Mick Fleetwood divorced his wife. The bass player John and keyboard player Christine had separated. The tension in the band inspired Nicks to write Dreams.
Oh, thunder only happens when it's raining Players only love you when they're playing Say, women, they will come and they will go When the rain washes you clean, you'll know
First Appearance: Dreams became the first Fleetwood Mac song to reach the number-one spot on the Billboard 100 upon its release as a single in 1977.
#7 Stand Back
About the Song: Stevie Nicks wrote Stand Back on her wedding day. She married her best friend’s widower. While the newlyweds drove up the California coast to begin their honeymoon, the song Little Red Corvette played on the radio. The couple stopped to purchase a tape player, and Nicks wrote Stand Back in the hotel room after being inspired by the Prince tune.
No one knows how I feel What I say unless you read between my lines One man walked away from me First, he took my hand, take me home
First Appearance: Nicks released Stand Back as her first single on her second solo album, The Wild Heart, in 1983. It peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and continues to be one of her fans’ most-loved songs.
Stevie Nicks Continues to Prove Women Can Rock
Stevie Nicks has left a lasting imprint on rock and roll. She shattered the musical glass ceiling by proving that women can also be prolific rockers. Rolling Stone called her the reigning queen of rock in 1981, and we believe the title still applies today.
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