Fleetwood Mac are a British-American pop-rock band. They have sold more than 120 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time. They formed in London in 1967 by founding members Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, and Jeremy Spencer. Bassist John McVie joined the lineup for their 1968 self-titled debut album, with Danny Kirwin joining as an additional guitarist later in the year. McVie’s wife Christine McVie joined the band in 1970.
Throughout the early 1970s, Fleetwood Mac’s lineup drastically changed, with the three guitarist roles undergoing several rotations by 1974. The addition of members Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks ushered in a new, softer pop-rock sound for the band, leading into their 1975 self-titled album, which reached No. 1 in the United States.
Their second album with Buckingham and Nicks, the Grammy Award-winning Rumors, was released in 1977 and produced four U.S. Top 10 singles (“Go Your Own Way,” “Don’t Stop,” “You Make Loving Fun” and “Dreams” – the latter of which reached No. 1) and remained at the top of the Billboard 200 for 31 weeks. It remains one of the best-selling albums in history.
The band also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1979, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
Despite multiple relationship breakups within the band’s lineup, they continued to collaborate together. After Buckingham and Nicks each initially left the band in the late 1980s, with an array of guitarists and vocalists replacing them. The band reunited for a one-off performance for President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993, eventually leading to a full reunion in 1997 marked by their fourth US No. 1 album The Dance.
Christine McVie left Fleetwood Mac in 1998 but returned full-time in 2014. In 2018, Lindsey Buckingham was fired from the band and was replaced by Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and Neil Finn (Crowded House.)