Fleetwood Mac’s songs are some of the most recognizable and beloved in modern American history. So it’s no surprise that musicians turn to the group’s catalog time and again.
Singer and guitarist Peter Green and drummer Mick Fleetwood founded the band with slide guitarist Jeremy Spencer and bassist Bob Brunning in 1967. John McVie soon joined the ranks — replacing Brunning — followed by his then-wife, Christine McVie, on keyboards and vocals. After Spencer’s exit in 1971, vocalist and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and singer Stevie Nicks notably became members of the group in 1974.
Fleetwood, the McVies, Buckingham and Nicks remain the band’s most well-known and successful lineup. During their run, the group released their 1975 self-titled album, which topped the Billboard 200 chart, and their 1977 follow-up, Rumours, which spent 31 weeks at No. 1, earned a Grammy for album of the year, and produced hits including “Dreams,” “Don’t Stop,” “Go Your Own Way” and “You Make Loving Fun.”
While the group continued to make music as members came and went, Fleetwood Mac’s heyday will always be the ‘70s and ‘80s, when they dominated the charts and seemed to be incapable of creating a flop. Following Buckingham’s 2018 departure, the current lineup consists of Fleetwood, the McVies, Nicks and guitarists Mike Campbell and Neil Finn.
Over the years, Fleetwood Mac’s music has served as inspiration for generations of artists. Their hits continue to endure decades later, leading many of today’s biggest stars — from Miley Cyrus to Harry Styles — to put their own spins on the classic songs.
As a new audience discovers Fleetwood Mac, more great covers of the band’s songs are emerging in live performances, viral social media videos, and tribute recordings. Take a listen to the 20 best renditions below.