Big Love (Fleetwood Mac song)

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"Big Love"
Fleetwood Mac - Big Love.png
Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Tango in the Night
B-side"You & I Part 1"
Released23 March 1987
GenreSoft rock[1]
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Lindsey Buckingham
Fleetwood Mac UK/US singles chronology
"Can't Go Back"
"Big Love"
"Seven Wonders"
Music video
"Big Love" on YouTube

"Big Love" is a song by Fleetwood Mac, that appeared on their 1987 album Tango in the Night. The song was the first single to be released from the album, reaching number 5 in the US,[2] and number nine in the UK. The single was also a hit on the American dance charts, where the song peaked at number 7.[3]

A 12-inch version featured an extended dance mix, with added vocals by Stevie Nicks. While the 12-inch version included "You & I, Part II" from the Tango in the Night album, the 7-inch version included a non-album track, "You & I, Part I". A limited edition 12-inch picture disc was released in the UK, as well as a double 7-inch pack, which contained the "Big Love" single, and an exclusive 7-inch featuring "The Chain" as an A-side.


"Big Love" was written by Lindsey Buckingham for a third solo album that he began in 1985, which instead became Tango in the Night. The song epitomised the album's stylised production, with its provocative "oh–ahh" vocal exchange. Though many assumed the "female" "ahh" to be Stevie Nicks, Buckingham performed both, his voice being sampled and altered to mimic that of a woman. "It was odd," he said, "that so many people wondered if it was Stevie on there with me."[4] When the song was aired on Late Night with David Letterman, the host told viewers they were hearing CPR.

Solo version[edit]

After Buckingham left Fleetwood Mac in 1987 (shortly after Tango in the Night was released), the band did not perform "Big Love" live until his return in 1997. It was in 1993, on his first solo tour, that Buckingham performed a guitar-only version of the song. In 1997, he performed it in the same style on Fleetwood Mac's live album and video The Dance. It also appeared on the second volume of Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown film soundtrack. Buckingham continues to perform the song on Fleetwood Mac and solo tours.

Track listings[edit]

12" single (Warner Brothers Records 0-20683)

  1. "Big Love" (Extended Remix) – 6:42
  2. "Big Love" (House on the Hill Dub) – 3:03
  3. "Big Love" (Piano Dub) – 6:36
  4. "You and I, Part I" – 3:04


Cover versions[edit]

"Big Love" became a standard of the Balearic beat dance sound,[5][6] and the object of an influential extended remix by Arthur Baker.[7] A cover version of "Big Love" appeared on Canadian electronic artist CFCF's debut album Continent.[8]

Danny Cavanagh performed a cover version of "Big Love" on In Parallel, an acoustic live album recorded together with Anneke van Giersbergen.[9]

Flesh for Lulu performed a cover of "Big Love" and placed it on their "Cold Flame"/"Big Love" record.


Weekly charts[edit]

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Position
Canadian RPM Top 100 Singles[22] 92
US Billboard Top Pop Singles[23] 81


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  21. ^ "Single Search: Fleetwood Mac – "Big Love"" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  22. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 47, No. 12; Top 100 Single of 1987". RPM. 26 December 1987. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  23. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc (26 December 1987). Billboard Magazine – Year End Charts – Year-end Charts of 1987.

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