Covers: Fleetwood Mac served 15 ways

Billy Corgan’s Smashing Pumpkins are among the artists who have covered Fleetwood Mac.

Chad Batka for The New York Times/file 2010

Billy Corgan’s Smashing Pumpkins are among the artists who have covered Fleetwood Mac.

Last year’s “Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac” was merely the latest in a string of bands putting their spins on Mac classics. A few months later, MOJO magazine curated “Rumours Revisited,” featuring indie artists such as Yeasayer and Julia Holter reworking that seminal 1977 album.

It got us to thinking: What are some of the more intriguing Fleetwood Mac covers? Trolling YouTube and iTunes, we came up with these 15 renditions that revealed something new about the originals. From reggae to outlaw country to alt-rock, they’re worth hearing (if not always better than Fleetwood’s version, obviously).



Gold Dust Woman,”

Waylon Jennings (1978)

Silver Springs,”

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Lykke Li (2012)

Black Magic Woman,”

Santana (1970)


Marcia Griffiths (1989)

Rattlesnake Shake,”


Aerosmith (live recording from early ’70s)

Go Your Own Way,”

Lissie (2011)

Don’t Stop,”

Elton John (1998)


Smashing Pumpkins (1994)


the Pointer Sisters (1978)


Redd Kross (1988)

Oh Well,”

Joe Jackson (1991)

Little Lies,”

Anna Ternheim (2005)


Letters to Cleo (1995)

You Make Loving Fun,”

the Besnard Lakes (2012)

Save Me a Place,”

Camper Van Beethoven (2002)

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