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INGLEWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 18: Singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks performs at The Forum on December 18, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Stevie Nicks: “Talk to Me”

The Hook: She wasn’t thrilled about singing a song she didn’t write and it took a little encouragement for her to finally get a good vocal on it.

Album: Rock a Little

Year: 1985

Writer: Chas Sandford

Stats: Topped Billboard’s Top Rock Tracks chart and reached number-four on the Hot 100.

Background: A top-five song on the Hot 100, “Talk to Me” was the first of two solo songs by Stevie Nicks — along with “Rooms on Fire” — to top Billboard’s Top Rock Tracks chart. She explains why although her main producer at the time, Jimmy Iovine, pushed her to cut it, it took the encouragement of one of rock’s best session drummers for her to complete it.

Stevie Nicks on “Talk to Me.” OC:…like it. :23

“When ‘Talk to Me’ was brought to me, I wasn’t that crazy about doing it, because I would rather do my own songs. Chas Sandford wrote it and Jimmy [Iovine] thought it was an important song. We did the vocal several times, I didn’t get it. And then one night I went in to try it one more time and Jim Keltner was at the studio and he just kind of stayed and, like, cheered me on and I got that vocal. So since that happened, now I really like the song, but until I got the right vocal, I didn’t like it.”

Stevie Nicks - Talk To Me [Official Music Video]

I can see we're thinkin' 'bout the same things Yes, I see your expression when the phone rings We both know there's something happenin' here There's no sense in dancing 'round the subject A wound gets worse when it's treated with neglect Well don't turn now, there's nothing here to fear You can talk to me Talk to me You can talk to me You can set your secrets free, baby Dusty words lying under carpets Seldom heard, well, must you keep your secrets Locked inside, hidden deep from view?