Sunday, April 14, 2024

Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” Turns 45 Today, Still in the Top 40 After Four and a Half Decades


Good pop never goes away.

Today in 1977 Fleetwood Mac released “Rumours.” It was the follow up to the “Fleetwood Mac” album of 1975, the first with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

That was 45 years ago today.

Last week, “Rumours” sold 15,900 copies and was in the top 40 on all albums charts. This week looks about the same.

“Dreams,” one of the singles from “Rumours” is still on the charts as well. Last year it went top 5 again thanks to a TikTok video.

The other singles from the album, “Go Your Own Way” and “Don’t Stop,” remain top hits on oldies radio. Worldwide, “Rumours” has sold 40 million copies, putting it not far behind “Thriller” and “The Eagles Greatest Hits.”

It was the pinnacle for the Mac, which subsequently released the much admired but lower selling “Tusk” and a couple more albums before breaking up and regrouping several times.

Me? I prefer the ’75 album. When “Rumours” was released in 1977, it was right in the middle of New Wave and punk. Fleetwood Mac was the epitome of corporate rock gone crazy. No album would equal its sales or importance in mainstream pop until Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall” in 1979.

But in ’77, Elvis Costello, Talking Heads, Blondie, the Ramones and Steely Dan’s “Aja” were far more interesting to me. And now, 45 years later, they’ve all lasted.

I guess the lesson is, Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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