Landslide (Fleetwood Mac song)
"Landslide" is a song written by Stevie Nicks and performed by British-American music group Fleetwood Mac. It was first featured on the band's self-titled 1975 album Fleetwood Mac. A live version was released as a single 23 years later from the live reunion album The Dance. It reached number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and 10 on the Adult Contemporary chart. "Landslide" was certified Gold in October 2009 for sales of over 500,000 copies in the United States. According to Nielsen Soundscan, "Landslide" sold 1,315,950 copies in the United States as of February 2013.
|Song by Fleetwood Mac|
|from the album Fleetwood Mac|
Nicks says she wrote this song while contemplating going back to school or continuing on professionally with guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. Their album Buckingham Nicks had been dropped by Polydor Records and she and Buckingham were not getting along. She wrote the song while visiting Aspen, Colorado, sitting in someone's living room "looking out at the Rocky Mountains pondering the avalanche of everything that had come crashing down on us ... at that moment, my life truly felt like a landslide in many ways".
The song is one of Fleetwood Mac's most frequently performed on tour. Nicks has sung it on every Fleetwood Mac tour since joining the band, with the exception of the Shake the Cage tour, as well as on all of her own solo tours from 2005 onwards. Nicks also regularly performs it along with "Stand Back" during television guest appearances.
Charts and certificationsEdit
|Chart (1998)||Peak |
|US Billboard Hot 100||51|
|US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)||10|
|US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)||26|
|Chart (2011)||Peak |
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||178|
|Chart (2013)||Peak |
|US Rock Digital Songs (Billboard)||21|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||250,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||1,315,950^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
There are currently 7 different versions commercially available featuring Nicks on vocals:
- Fleetwood Mac (1975). The original recording. It also appears on the compilation albums 25 Years – The Chain (1992) and The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac (2002).
- Live (1980). Recorded live in London, June 27, 1980, at the Wembley Arena during the Tusk Tour.
- The Dance (1997). Live track released as a maxi-single, which also included 3 remixes of the original 1975 recording.
- VH1 Divas Las Vegas (2002). Performed live with the Dixie Chicks.
- Live in Boston (2004)
- Crystal Visions – The Very Best of Stevie Nicks (2007). Performed live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
- The Soundstage Sessions (2009). Performed live in Chicago for the PBS program Soundstage. An alternate performance from this event is included on her Live in Chicago DVD.
The Smashing PumpkinsEdit
Alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins made an acoustic cover of the song that was featured as the B-side to their 1994 single "Disarm" and later on their B-side collection Pisces Iscariot. The cover went on to be one of the rock band's most-beloved tracks and even had the approval of Nicks herself. As she told fans during a 1998 online chat with SonicNet, "There's nothing more pleasing to a songwriter than [someone else] doing one of their songs. ['Landslide'] also led me to being friends with Billy [Corgan] and the possibility that we'll work together," she said of the Smashing Pumpkins frontman. "Over this song, there's been this incredible connection ... he reached out ... I believe that my poetry is really meant for everyone, no matter what age." The cover was a hit, making it to the top three on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in the United States that year and number 30 on the US Airplay charts. The song was also featured on the US version of their greatest hits album Rotten Apples.
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||47|
|US Radio Songs (Billboard)||30|
|US Alternative Songs (Billboard)||3|
|Single by Dixie Chicks|
|from the album Home|
|Released||September 2, 2002|
|Dixie Chicks singles chronology|
The country group Dixie Chicks covered "Landslide" on their 2002 album Home and it was released September 2, 2002 as the album's second single. This rendition, featuring the group's trademark two- and three-part harmonies reached the Top 10 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot Country Songs chart, as well as becoming the Dixie Chicks' only number-one single (to date) on the Adult Contemporary chart. Outside the United States, the song reached number two in Canada and number six in Australia, becoming the group's sole Top 10 hit in the latter country. Lead singer Natalie Maines said she was attracted, in part, to the song because she was then the same age that Nicks was when she initially performed it. Their rendition has been certified Gold by both the RIAA and ARIA, matching the commercial success of the original.
The music video for the song was directed by Jim Gable and edited by Scott C. Wilson
The Dixie Chicks performed the song with Stevie Nicks at VH1 Divas Las Vegas in 2002.
|Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)||2|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||27|
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||59|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||55|
|US Billboard Hot 100||7|
|US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)||1|
|US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)||2|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||2|
|US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)||13|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||48|
|US Billboard Hot 100||35|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
The cast of Fox Broadcasting Company's musical television program, Glee, covered the song in Season 2, Episode 15, "Sexy". Gwyneth Paltrow, Naya Rivera, and Heather Morris are featured on vocals for this version. Stevie Nicks attended the filming of the song and stated that it was a "beautiful mix" of the original and Dixie Chicks version. The Glee version reached the top 40 on the singles charts of Australia (No. 38), Canada (No. 35), Ireland (No. 36), and the United States (No. 23). In addition to reaching number 52 on the UK Singles Chart, the cover also prompted renewed interest in the Fleetwood Mac and Dixie Chicks versions, leading to those artists' renditions re-entering the chart at numbers 178 and 196, respectively.
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- Tori Amos has played the song repeatedly whilst touring over the span of her career.
- Miley Cyrus covered this song on her Gypsy Heart Tour and on her Bangerz Tour.
- Paramore covered part of this song during their performance at the Fueled by Ramen 15th anniversary show and kept it as a part of their setlist on the following tours, as a bridge to their song "In The Mourning".
- John Frusciante (The Viper Room), 1997
- Venice (Spin Art, 1999 and 2 Meter Sessies, 2000)
- Robyn Sherwell covered this song, a recorded version of which was featured in a Suffragette (film) trailer.
- Jazz vocalist Stacey Kent made an acoustic cover of the song that was featured on her 2007 album Breakfast on the Morning Tram.
- Avenue D (band) covered this song on their 2007 album D Sides
- Australian Artist Lior covered the song on No Man's Woman, an album celebrating the contribution of women to the international music industry (2007)
- The Anchoress (as Catherine A.D.) covered the song on her 2009 EP "In The Bleak Midwinter".
- Sin Fang ("Landslide"/"The Only Living Boy in New York", 2010)
- Bush (The Sea of Memories, 2011). It is a bonus track on the deluxe edition of the album.
- Antony Hegarty covered the song for the covers album A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac.
- Lady Antebellum, Kacey Musgraves and Kip Moore covered this song in concert at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, CA on 3/15/14.
- Britta Phillips covered this song on her 2016 album Luck or Magic.
- Lady Antebellum covered this song again, but this time without their guests, in the 2nd North American leg of their Wheels Up Tour
- The Voice winner Chloe Kohanski performed this song on Season 13 of The Voice during the knockouts.
- Harry Styles covered this song with Stevie at his show at the Troubador May 19, 2017
- American Idol season 16 winner, Maddie Poppe, sang it as her Hometown Song during the season Finale.
Appearances in other mediaEdit
- The original 1975 song appeared in 2011 as a downloadable track for the music video game Rock Band 3.
- The original 1975 song is used at the end of the South Park season 15 episodes "You're Getting Old" and "Ass Burgers".
- Appears on a mixtape in the novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
- The original 1975 song is played at the end of the Cold Case episode "Fireflies" and The Smashing Pumpkins' cover is played at the end of the episode "Detention".
- The Smashing Pumpkins version was used in the TV show Alias on season 1 in the episode Page 47.
- The live version from The Dance is featured in the 1998 movie Jack Frost, though it did not appear on the soundtrack CD. It also was heard in the 2004 movie Jersey Girl directed by Kevin Smith.
- Mentioned by John Cusack's character in High Fidelity.
- Performed by Mark Duplass' character in season 1 episode 6 of The Mindy Project.
- The original 1975 song appears in a TV commercial for Budweiser that debuted during CBS's coverage of Super Bowl XLVII on February 3, 2013.
- Parodied by Lucy Lawless (in character as Stevie Nicks) in the October 17, 1998, episode of Saturday Night Live.
- The song appears in a trailer for the 1998 film One True Thing, starring Meryl Streep, William Hurt and Renee Zellweger.
- The song also appears as a cover in the second season of the TV show This Is Us, sung by the character Kate Pearson in a pub.
- This song was performed by Gwyneth Paltrow, Naya Rivera, and Heather Morris on the second season of the TV show Glee.
- See Crystal Visions... The Very Best of Stevie Nicks (insert) (2007)
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