Fleetwood Mac’s landmark album Rumours is an absolute monster. It’s one of only nine albums ever released to sell over 20 million copies in the U.S., and 41 years after being unleashed onto the masses, it holds up for its incredible songwriting and its main theme: Cheating, cheating and wait…more cheating.
The making of Rumours, of course, is famous for pretty much everyone in the band breaking up with each other and its other “indulgences.” (AKA: So much cocaine it would make Tony Montana blush.)
In all seriousness: It’s the ultimate cheating/break-up record, and in honor of its anniversary, we’ve ranked the top five best lyrical burns from Rumours.
5. “And if you don’t love me now, you will never love me again.” – “The Chain”
A straight-forward lyric, but it certainly gets its point across.
4. “One thing I think you should know: I ain’t gonna miss you when you go.” – “Second Hand News”
What makes this lyric very stealth is the jaunty melody to which it’s put. You can almost forget how biting it is.
3. “But listen carefully to the sound of your loneliness, like a heartbeat drives you mad in the stillness of remembering what you had and what you lost” – “Dreams”
Okay…now we’re cutting deep.
2. “Rulers make bad lovers. You better put your kingdom up for sale.” – “Gold Dust Woman”
And with that lyric, Stevie Nicks has gone for the Jugular.
1. “Packing up. Shacking up’s all you wanna do.” – “Go Your Own Way”
Could number one really be any other lyric? We can’t even imagine what recording this song, in particular, must’ve been like.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.