Fleetwood Mac's 'Dreams:' Anthem For The TikTok Generation

By | June 17, 2020

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Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac performs at The Omni Coliseum in Atlanta Georgia June 1, 1977. (Photo By Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

With its chorus "Thunder only happens when it's raining / Players only love you when they're playing," the #1 single "Dreams" is arguably the standout of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours (1977), one of the best-selling rock albums of all time. On TikTok, 43 years after "Dreams" topped the Billboard chart, the song became famous as the soundtrack to a dude happily drinking cranberry juice on his skateboard. 

In what seemed to be the COVID-spoiled year's first feel-good news story, Fleetwood Mac's music surged in popularity in October 2020 as the 24-second clip racked up over 25 million views. The skateboarding TikTok-er was given a free pickup truck from Ocean-Spray. Teenagers added Fleetwood Mac to their playlists, happy to have discovered "new" music. And Mick Fleetwood created a TikTok profile so he, too, could lip-synch to "Dreams" while rolling down the street swigging Cran-Raspberry.

It's a funny old world we live in, isn't it? But if that's what it takes to bring good '70s music to young ears in 2020, so be it.

Written and sung by Stevie Nicks, "Dreams" is a breakup song, somewhat addressed to her bandmate and lover Lindsey Buckingham; his "Go Your Own Way" from the same album was the other side of the coin. In fact, the making of the album was a famously messy scene, with interpersonal struggles seeming to tear the band apart even as they were recording their masterpiece.

And masterpiece it is -- nearly every tune on Rumours is a classic. Christine McVie's "Don't Stop" and "You Make Loving Fun;" Nicks' "I Don't Want To Know" and "Gold Dust Woman," Buckingham's "Second Hand News" and "Never Going Back Again" are all classic-rock staples. But even within this track listing "Dreams" stands out, and is Fleetwood Mac's all-time best-selling single.

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A hall of fame album made from hall of fame level tension. (cnn)

Fleetwood Mac, the sultans of sound, created Rumours while in complete turmoil. The number one hit from that album, “Dreams” exemplified the relationship related drama that engulfed the band during the height of their popularity. Stevie Nicks wrote the song about bandmate and lover Lindsey Buckingham as they all railed cocaine and feuded with each other. To make matters worse, John and Christine McVie’s relationship was also falling apart as well as Mick Fleetwood’s marriage to Jenny Boyd. Despite the complete chaos, “Dreams” gave Fleetwood Mac their only own number one hit in America.