Draped in black chiffon, a high priestess of Los Angeles bohemia with practically clairvoyant emotional insights, Nicks is a star unlike any other. The couple became the folk duo Buckingham Nicks and eventually relocated to Los Angeles, where Nicks waited tables and cleaned houses to support them. Their first, self-titled record sank without a trace but caught an important ear: Mick Fleetwood, drummer of a seemingly nowhere-bound British blues-rock band called Fleetwood Mac, brought them into his fold. Fleetwood Mac became the fastest-selling pop group in history. With her dusky voice and monumental melodies, she sings not only of the unknowns of the human heart but also nature, witches, her sisters of the moon. She was an adventurer who cast a new, distinctly feminine pop paradigm. Nicks is now an icon to multiple generations of songwriters, inspiring everyone from Sheryl Crow and the Dixie Chicks to Courtney Love and Taylor Swift. Listen to selections from this list on our Spotify playlist and Apple Music playlist. And she delivered it with the assertive but flowing musicality that would never leave her. Writing about an evil woman who holds all the power in a relationship must have been cathartic.
Stephanie Lynn Nicks born May 26,  is an American singer and songwriter. Nicks is a songwriter and vocalist with Fleetwood Mac , and also performs solo. She is known for her distinctive voice, mystical stage persona and poetic, symbolic lyrics.
There are few superlatives to sum up the mercurial talent of Stevie Nicks. As one of the most prominent songwriters of her generation, she remains the only female double Rock and Roll Hall of Famer in history. The list of amazing Stevie Nicks-helmed songs could go on for a very long time. Nicks has always possesed the unique ability to not only write and record songs that are smart, impassioned and honest but also entirely ubiquitous and attainable. Nicks has perfected the ability to share herself and connect with her fans. It did, however, catch the attention of Mick Fleetwood who would soon seek out the duo for his own band. It instantly marked Stevie Nicks out as an aggressively honest writer as she warns of the dangers of obsessive love all wrapped up in some power-pop glory. The track may be relatively forgotten by some but it stuck with us and country legend Glen Campbell who picked it up for a charming cover. For our money, the original is on another level though. A patchwork song built out of several different pieces from different members of Fleetwood Mac, the track remains one of the most unifying moments on the album.
Someone like Stevie Nicks. A year old Stevie Nicks wrote this during the time she was at a crossroads — she was thinking whether she should go back to school or pursue a career in music with Lindsey Buckingham. The latter was a huge risk, however, because their relationship was in hot water and their Buckingham Nicks album was dropped by their label. She penned this while sitting on a living room in Aspen, Colorado. I am tired. If nobody likes this, then what are we going to do? Then again, it paid of nicely, did it not? Stevie Nicks is tired and is ready to leave everything behind. And we were in Maryland somewhere driving under a freeway sign that said Silver Spring, Maryland. And I loved the name … Silver Springs sounded like a pretty fabulous place to me.
So maybe this will open the doors for women to fight to make their own music. In honor of her second induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, here are her 10 greatest solo cuts, ranked. The tune was to be recorded live with a symphony orchestra and grand piano; she and the background singers wore long, black gowns and served champagne to a throng of guests.
The song itself flips the Jean Cocteau film into a long, languorous ballad about the shackles of time and the meaning of love. Leave it to Stevie. Few writers are this unafraid of changing.
Fleetwood Mac stretched out and got weirder in the early s, but Nicks was busy kicking up some new-wave dust on her solo albums. She barely appeared on Tango in the Night. Recorded during her exit from Fleetwood Mac and in the throes of a nasty Klonopin addiction , Street Angel is her least-loved LP by some margin, stalling out at No. The song vaulted to No. Few songs feature so many windchimes. In , Joe Walsh tasted tragedy. His daughter, Emma, was involved in a car accident, passing away at only three years old.
Only she could pull it off. She took the phrase to not just mean coming of age, but the enormity of death: her uncle Jonathan had recently died of colon cancer, her colleague John Lennon shot and killed. She considers King Midas: when did his golden creations lose their luster? A lonesome pedal steel curlicues like a question mark.
It soundtracked a real-life memory. She was fed up trying. We can all relate. The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard. To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement. Don't show again.