Landslide (song)

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"Landslide"
Song by Fleetwood Mac from the album Fleetwood Mac
Recorded 1975
Genre Folk rock
Length 3:19
Label Reprise Records
Writer Stevie Nicks
Producer
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"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 1975 eponymous album Fleetwood Mac. Along with "Rhiannon", it would be Nicks' first original contribution to the band upon joining. A live version was released as a single 23 years later from the live reunion album The Dance. This version reached #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 U.S. According to fleetwoodmacnews.com, "Landslide" has sold 1,315,950 copies in the U.S. as of February 2013.

Song creation[edit]

Nicks has said that she wrote this song while she was 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".[1]

Stevie Nicks version[edit]

There are currently 7 different versions commercially available featuring Nicks on vocals:

The song is one of Fleetwood Mac's most frequently performed songs on tour. Nicks has performed it on every Fleetwood Mac tour since joining the band, with the exception of the Shake the Cage tour, as well as all of her own solo tours from 2005 onwards.[2] Nicks also regularly performs it along with "Stand Back" during television guest appearances.

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

The Smashing Pumpkins[edit]

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 U.S. that year and number 30 on the U.S. Airplay charts. The song was also featured on the U.S. version of their greatest hits album Rotten Apples.

Charts (The Smashing Pumpkins)[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Top Singles 47
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 30
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 3

Dixie Chicks[edit]

"Landslide"
Single by Dixie Chicks
from the album Home
Released September 2, 2002
Format CD
Recorded 2001–2002
Genre Country
Length 3:50
Label Columbia Nashville
Writer(s) Stevie Nicks
Producer(s) Dixie Chicks, Lloyd Maines
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Dixie Chicks singles chronology
"Long Time Gone"
(2002)
"Landslide"
(2002)
"Travelin' Soldier"
(2002)

The country group Dixie Chicks then covered "Landslide" on their 2002 album Home. This rendition, featuring the group's trademark two- and three-part harmonies reached the Top 10 of both the pop (number 7) and country charts (number 2) as well as several other charts. It became the Dixie Chicks' only number 1 single (to date) on the adult contemporary chart. 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.

Charts (Dixie Chicks)[edit]

"Landslide" debuted at #32 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for the week of September 7, 2002.

Chart (2002–2003) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 6
Canadian Singles Chart 2
UK Singles Chart 55
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 7
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[4] 13
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 2
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[6] 2
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[7] 1
Year-end charts[edit]
Chart (2002) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 48

Stacey Kent[edit]

Jazz vocalist Stacey Kent made an acoustic cover of the song that was featured on her 2007 album Breakfast on the Morning Tram.

Glee version[edit]

Fox Broadcasting Company's Glee cover involving Gwyneth Paltrow, Naya Rivera, and Heather Morris launched in Season 2, Episode 15, "Sexy". Rivera's character Santana Lopez chose this song to express her true feelings for Morris' Brittany Pierce. Stevie Nicks attended the filming of the song and stated that it was a "beautiful mix" of the original and Dixie Chicks version. She stated she was overall very pleased with the performance and that she was honored to be part of the show.[9]

Other covers[edit]

In televised singing competitions[edit]

Appearances in other media[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Cry" by Faith Hill
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
February 15 – March 29, 2003
Succeeded by
"The Game of Love" by Santana with Michelle Branch