Go Your Own Way

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"Go Your Own Way"
Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Rumours
B-side "Silver Springs"
Released January 1977
Format 7"
Recorded 1976
Genre Rock

3:36 (Album Version)
3:54 (Full Version)

5:48 (Live Version)

5:00 (The Dance (Fleetwood Mac album) Version)

4:53 (Rumours: 35th Anniversary Version)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Lindsey Buckingham
Producer(s) Fleetwood Mac, Richard Dashut, Ken Caillat
Certification Silver (BPI) – September 20, 2013)
Fleetwood Mac singles chronology
"Say You Love Me"
"Go Your Own Way"
"Don't Stop"
(1977 UK)

(1977 USA)
Rumours track listing
Audio sample
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"Go Your Own Way" is a song by the British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released as a single in January 1977.


Written by Lindsey Buckingham, it was the first single from the group's 1977 album Rumours. Buckingham had heard Street Fighting Man by the Rolling Stones, and he thought that type of drum approach would work well. Ken Caillat, Fleetwood Mac's producer, remembers that Mick Fleetwood initially had a hard time with the drums. "I remember watching him guide Mick as to what he wanted – he’d be so animated, like a little kid, playing these air tom fills with his curly hair flying. Mick wasn’t so sure he could do what Lindsey wanted, but he did a great job, and the song took off.”[1] It peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the group's first top-ten hit in the U.S.[2]In the UK, the single was not as successful, and would only reach #38. However, the song became very popular in the U.K. over a longer period as Rumours received more radio airplay and it re-entered the singles chart on many occasions. This led to the song selling gradually over the years. It has been certified Silver in the U.K. for digital sales of over 200,000 copies. The song was also a #1 hit in Netherlands.

It is ranked number 120 on Rolling Stone '​s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and is on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list. The song is about the complicated relationship that Buckingham and fellow Fleetwood Mac member Stevie Nicks were having.[3] Conversely, the B-Side track, Silver Springs, was written by Stevie Nicks, on the same theme, and is often regarded as a response to the A-Side.


All appearances[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

"Go Your Own Way" has been covered by NOFX,[4] The Lumineers,[5] Vomit Launch,[6] Seaweed, The Cranberries, Jellyfish, Jennifer Brown, Wilson Phillips,[7] Biffy Clyro, Carrie Underwood, Boy George, Kate Ceberano, Silverstein, Gloriana, Keane, Jets to zurich, Lea Michele, Lissie, The Head and the Heart,[8] Colbie Caillat, and Art of Dying.



  1. ^ Bosso, Joe. "Fleetwood Mac's classic album Rumours track-by-track". Musicradar. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ Go Your Own Way at AllMusic
  3. ^ CNN: Mac's Buckingham, Nicks still have tension, love Retrieved 2013-07-17
  4. ^ "NOFX cover of Fleetwood Mac's Go Your Own Way". WhoSampled. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ Filbin, Patrick. "The Lumineers Cover Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way'". Paste Magazine. Paste Media Group. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Vomit Launch - Go Your Own Way Live". last.fm. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  7. ^ Gabel, Sue. "Wilson Phillips performing for one night only at the Snoqualmie Casino Ballroom". axs. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  8. ^ "The Head & The Heart cover Fleetwood Mac". Retrieved March 27, 2013. 

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