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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac perform on NBC's "Today" at the NBC's TODAY Show on October 9, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

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Fleetwood Mac: “Dreams”

The Hook: Stevie Nicks’s demo recording of it was “interesting” and didn’t exactly scream “number one hit.”


Year: 1977

Writer: Stevie Nicks

Stats: Amazingly, Fleetwood Mac’s only number-one single in the U.S.

Background: Bassist John McVie explains that “Dreams” began as a very minimal Stevie Nicks demo. He describes that recording and how the song grew out of it.

Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie on how “Dreams” developed out of a very rough Stevie Nicks demo recording. OC:…into it. :16

“The demo of that is quite interesting. It’s Stevie sitting at a piano with two fingers going bom-ding, bom-ding, bom ding-ding bom. And that was the demo and then she had the lyrics and the melody and we just sort of played along and flowed into it.”

Fleetwood Mac - Dreams (Official Music Video)

Now here you go again You say you want your freedom Well who am I to keep you down Its only right that you should Play the way you feel it But listen carefully to the sound Of your loneliness Like a heartbeat..