As Fleetwood Mac bids goodbye to their ‘Songbird’ Christine McVie, you might be wondering which of the band’s hits McVie sang lead on.
Christine McVie, while not a founding member, largely shaped Fleetwood Mac’s sound after joining in 1970. She would go on to write and sing on some of the band’s best known hits, especially on Rumours, which remains one of the best-selling albums of all time.
McVie was one of the band’s core members, alongside Stevie Nicks, Lindsay Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, and John McVie. Troubled by professional and personal break-ups, Fleetwood Mac disbanded in 1995 before reuniting just two years later. They have toured sporadically since, with a rotation of band members.
In light of Christine McVie’s passing on November 30, we take a look back over the Fleetwood Mac hits with McVie at their helm.
Christine McVie went from session musician to lead singer
When Christine McVie (née Perfect) joined Fleetwood Mac, she initially was helping out as a session pianist. She had met the band while playing in another project, Chicken Shack. Chicken Shack and Fleetwood Mac were both signed to Blue Horizon. McVie played piano on Fleetwood Mac’s second album, Mr Wonderful (1968), playing piano on Peter Green’s songs.
After marrying John McVie, Christine formally joined the band. She provided backing vocals and designed the artwork for their fourth album, Kiln House (1970). But the first album with Christine McVie as a fully-fledged member was their fifth project, Future Games (1971).
When British-based Fleetwood Mac made the move Stateside in 1974, their music really took off. This is also as Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, who were then performing as Buckingham Nicks, joined the group. Fleetwood Mac’s eponymous album (1975), with McVie as a lead singer and songwriter saw the band rocket to new heights. Christine McVie would continue on as a lead singer and songwriter for the subsequent albums.
What Fleetwood Mac songs did Christine McVie sing lead?
As many of the Fleetwood Mac members were multi-instrumentalists, they all took on different roles within the band. If you were wondering which of their hits Christine McVie sang lead on, here are some of her top tracks:
- As Long As You Follow
- Brown Eyes
- Hold Me (sings joint lead with Lindsay Buckingham)
- I Do
- Isn’t It Midnight
- Little Lies
- Love in Store
- Love Shines
- Oh Daddy
- Over My Head
- Save Me
- Say You Love Me
- Skies the Limit
- Temporary One
- Think About Me
- Warm Ways
- World Turning
- You Make Loving Fun
Christine McVie also wrote the songs she sang lead on.
McVie was responsible for writing these other Fleetwood Mac songs
Christine McVie offered her voice to many Fleetwood Mac songs but she was responsible for writing many more of the band’s hits. Some of the songs Christine McVie wrote but did not sing lead on, although her voice can still be heard on the tracks, includes Don’t Stop and The Chain, two of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits.
She was listed as a co-songwriter alongside the other band members on the numerous albums they produced over the four decades they were writing new music.
Fleetwood Mac fans bid goodbye to their Songbird
On November 30, 2022, Fleetwood Mac made an official statement regarding the death of Christine McVie.
“There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie. She was truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure,” the statement opens. “She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their life. We were so lucky to have a life with her. Individually and together, we cherished Christine deeply and are thankful for the amazing memories we have. She will be so very missed.”
Fleetwood Mac fans and friends of the band have flocked to pay tribute to the late musician.
“I am so sad to hear of Christine McVie going on to heaven. The world feels weird without her here. What a legend and an icon and an amazing human being,” Sheryl Crow tweeted.
“Christine McVie had the most hits of anyone in Fleetwood Mac, yet was somehow the most underrated member. Never flashy, alway great. She was the glue that held all those crazy wonderful elements together. Her songs had a soulfulness unhampered by pretense,” Drive-By Truckers wrote in tribute.