The new group’s 1975 self-titled debut album, Fleetwood Mac released some of their biggest and most classic hits, “Over My Head,” “Rhiannon,” “Landslide,” “Say You Love Me,” and reached Number One on the album charts, selling over five million copies in the U.S. alone. While the band had finally found commercial and artistic success, the members experienced internal turmoil and tensions which would become the subject of the songs written on their next and most iconic album, Rumours. Released in 1977, the commercial and critically acclaimed Rumours was a runaway success topping the American and British charts with their smash Top Ten singles “Go Your Own Way,” “Don’t Stop,” “You Make Loving Fun” and their Number One hit single, “Dreams.” Described by Fleetwood as “the most important album we ever made,” the album won the GRAMMY Award for Best Album in 1978 and is today RIAA-certified 20-times platinum, in addition to platinum, gold, and diamond certifications in countries all over the world, making it one of the best-selling and most-purchased albums of all time. After their tour, the band’s follow up 1979 experimental double album Tusk went multi-platinum and featured the Top Ten singles “Sara” and “Tusk.” In the 1980s, they released the double album Live and began their own solo projects including Fleetwood’s solo world music album The Visitor and I’m Not Me with his band Mick Fleetwood’s Zoo, Christine McVie’s 1984 solo album, Christine McVie, which garnered the Top Ten hit “Got a Hold on Me” and John McVie’s reunion tour with the Bluesbreakers. Christine McVie would continue to write hits for the band, including “Little Lies,” “Everywhere,” and “Save Me,” and contribute her distinctive musical voice in the classics “Songbird,” “You Make Loving Fun,” “Think About Me,” and many others.
Throughout the decade, the group continued to dominate the airwaves and charts with their albums 1982’s Mirage, which produced the hit singles “Hold Me” and “Gypsy,” and its unforgettable music video–the highest-budget music video ever produced at the time and the first “World Premiere Video” on MTV in 1982 and recipient of the first “Special Merit” American Video Award in 1983 – and 1987’s Tango in the Night that generated the hits “Little Lies,” “Seven Wonders,” and “Everywhere.” (photo left: Rumours Alembic “continuously fretted” bass guitar)