Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' Turns 40: 11 of the Best 'Go Your Own Way' Covers

Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie and Stevie Nicks (center) of the rock and roll group "Fleetwood Mac" pose for a portrait in circa 1977.
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Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie and Stevie Nicks (center) of the rock and roll group "Fleetwood Mac" pose for a portrait in circa 1977.

Before throwing amorous lyrical shade became standard chart-topping fodder, there was "Go Your Own Way." The first single from Fleetwood Mac's legendary album, Rumours, spelled out Lindsey Buckingham's then trouble-in-paradise relationship with bandmate Stevie Nicks. Their romantic relationship (surprise!) did not last, but the track became something of a cult favorite for musicians to put their own take on through the years. So in honor of Rumours turning the big 4-0 today (Feb. 4), here's a roundup of some "Go Your Own Way" go-to covers.

Don't let the fact that this appears on a Nicholas Sparks movie soundtrack scare off the more discerning of listeners. The folk singer's rendition, from her 2011 Covered Up With Flowers EP, is full-on angsty power ballad at its finest.

The Lumineers
In 2013, for a Grammy Reimagined Series, they chose to put their own twist on the Fleetwood Mac hit. Their slower tempoed-take has that more stripped down, melodic quality you'd want and expect from the band. 

Wilson Phillips
The trio's rendition -- from their 2004 album of covers, California -- is, well, quintessential Wilson Phillips. The reason you still feel the need to wave a lighter in the air at a concert. 

Boy George
The singer covered the hit on his 2011 studio album Ordinary Alien, which he has performed at some more intimate concerts. The feel-good composition has a reggae undertone to it with that eclectic "get up and dance" signature of the pop icon.

This cover, from their 2009 album A Shipwreck in the Sand, is heavy metal death growl meets early-aughts boy band. A crowd pleaser punctuated by moments that leave you #woke. 

The Cranberries
This cover, from the Irish exports' 1996 Faithful Departed album, does not disappoint with its upbeat tempo, solid electric guitar action, and the occasional Enya-esque voice notes. 

The British alt-rock band, who are known to eschew guitars and rely more on the piano, have never shied from covering the greats. In a 2010 radio performance they unveiled their Fleetwood Mac nod. We nominate the rumba shaker for the cover's MVP.

Lea Michele/Glee
By the time Glee went off the air in 2015, there were few songs that hadn't been showcased. But a second season episode, titled "Rumours," was devoted entirely to the Fleetwood Mac album's songs. Whether you A) loved the show B) pretended you didn't watch the show but secretly did, or C) protested its existence, Lea Michele's take undeniably did it justice. 

Originally released on a 1993 EP, their cover also makes a memorable appearance on the Clerks movie soundtrack. The sound is textbook grunge out of 1990s Washington state. 

Carrie Underwood
In a 2007 Fashion Rocks show the country singer -- still relatively fresh music blood -- went all out. Lindsey Buckingham must have approved, because he joined her on stage. 


Colbie Caillat
The Californian likes to break out her rendition of the song at concerts. Her version is faster than you would expect from the musician behind "Bubbly" and "Realize."