Landslide (Fleetwood Mac song)

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"Landslide"
Song by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Fleetwood Mac
ReleasedJuly 1975 (1975-07)
Recorded1975
GenreFolk rock[1]
Length3:19
LabelReprise
Songwriter(s)Stevie Nicks
Producer(s)
Audio sample

"Landslide" is a song by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, written and performed by singer Stevie Nicks. The song was first featured on the band's self-titled album Fleetwood Mac (1975). The original recording also appears on the compilation albums 25 Years – The Chain (1992), The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac (2002) and 50 Years – Don't Stop (2018), while a live version was released as a single 23 years later from the live reunion album The Dance (1997). "Landslide" reached No. 51 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 10 on the Adult Contemporary chart. "Landslide" was certified gold in October 2009 for sales of over 500,000 copies in the United States. According to Nielsen Soundscan, "Landslide" sold 2,093,186 copies in the United States as of 2017.[2]

In 2021, the song was listed at No. 163 on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".[3]

History[edit]

Nicks has said that she wrote the song while contemplating either going back to school or continuing on professionally with guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. Nicks wrote "Landslide" while she was financially supporting both herself and Buckingham by taking up jobs as both a waitress and a cleaning lady.[4] Following the release of their debut album Buckingham Nicks, they had been dropped from their recording contract by Polydor Records before they could release a follow-up. Nicks 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."[5]

The song is one of Fleetwood Mac's most frequently performed during tours. Nicks has sung it on every Fleetwood Mac tour since joining the band, with the exception of the Shake the Cage tour, and has performed it on all of her own solo tours from 2005 onwards.[6] A live performance of "Landslide" recorded on 27 June 1980 at the London Wembley Arena was included on Live.[7]

While "Landslide" was never issued as a single on its initial release in 1975, Fleetwood Mac did release a live version from Fleetwood Mac's 1997 album The Dance; it peaked at number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's 24th entry on the chart. "Landslide" also reached the top 30 on both the US and Canadian adult contemporary charts. Other live recordings of "Landslide" also appear on Live in Boston (2004), Crystal Visions – The Very Best of Stevie Nicks (2007) (with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra), The Soundstage Sessions (2009), Soundstage, and the Live in Chicago DVD.

Critical reception[edit]

In a contemporary review, Rolling Stone wrote that Nicks seemed "lost and out of place" on "Landslide" and that her voice sounded "callow and mannered".[8] Retrospective reviews have been more positive, with certain publications such as The Guardian and Paste ranking "Landslide" amongst the band's best work.[9][10] AllMusic described "Landslide" as a traditional song "built on a very simple (and very effective) country-folk-inspired chord progression".[11]

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Certifications and sales for "Landslide"
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[20] Gold 45,000
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] Platinum 600,000
United States (RIAA)[22] Gold 500,000 ^ / 2,093,186[2]

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Cover versions[edit]

The Smashing Pumpkins[edit]

"Landslide"
Song by the Smashing Pumpkins
from the album Pisces Iscariot
Released4 October 1994 (1994-10-04)
Length3:10
LabelVirgin
Songwriter(s)Stevie Nicks
Producer(s)Billy Corgan, Ted de Bono
Music video
"Landslide" on YouTube

Alternative rock band the Smashing Pumpkins recorded an acoustic arrangement 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 group's arrangement 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 new version was a hit, making it to the top three on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in the United States that year and No. 30 on the US Airplay charts. The song was also featured on the US version of their greatest hits album Rotten Apples. It was later used in the TV show Alias on season 1 in the episode Page 47.

Charts[edit]

Weekly chart performance for "Landslide"
Chart (1994) Peak
position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[23] 47
US Radio Songs (Billboard)[24] 30
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[25] 3

Dixie Chicks[edit]

"Landslide"
Single by Dixie Chicks
from the album Home
Released26 August 2002 (2002-08-26)
GenreCountry
Length3:50
Label
Songwriter(s)Stevie Nicks
Producer(s)
Dixie Chicks singles chronology
"Long Time Gone"
(2002)
"Landslide"
(2002)
"Travelin' Soldier"
(2002)
Music video
"Landslide" on YouTube

American country music group the Dixie Chicks released a cover of "Landslide" on 26 August 2002 as the second single from their 2002 album, Home. Lead singer Natalie Maines said she was attracted to the song because she was then the same age that Nicks was when she first performed it. The band performed the song with Nicks at VH1 Divas Las Vegas in 2002.[citation needed] The music video for the song was directed by Jim Gable and edited by Scott C. Wilson.[citation needed]

This version, featuring the band's two- and three-part harmonies, reached the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.[26][27] On the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, it is the band's only number-one single.[28] After Maines publicly criticised President George W. Bush and the imminent Allied invasion of Iraq, triggering a backlash, it fell to number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100 in one week and left the chart a week later.[29]

Outside the United States, "Landslide" reached number two in Canada and became the band's only top-10 hit in Australia, where it reached number six.[30][31] It was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and triple platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).[32][33]

Track listings[edit]

US and Canadian CD single[34][35]

  1. "Landslide" (album version) – 3:49
  2. "Landslide" (the Sheryl Crow remix) – 3:47

Australian CD single[36]

  1. "Landslide" (the Sheryl Crow remix)
  2. "Landslide"
  3. "Landslide" (live from the Kodak Theater)
  4. "Landslide" (video version)

European maxi-CD single[37]

  1. "Landslide" (album version) – 3:49
  2. "Long Time Gone" – 4:08
  3. "Landslide" (the Sheryl Crow remix) – 3:47
  4. "Landslide" (the Sheryl Crow remix—video) – 3:45

UK CD single[38]

  1. "Landslide" (the Sheryl Crow remix) – 3:47
  2. "Landslide" (album version) – 3:49
  3. "Landslide" (live from the Kodak Theater) – 4:07
  4. "Landslide" (the Sheryl Crow remix—video version) – 3:45

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Certifications and sales for "Landslide"
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[33] 3× Platinum 210,000
United States (RIAA)[32] 2× Platinum 2,000,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Release dates and formats for "Landslide"
Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States 26 August 2002 Country radio [52]
28 October 2002 [53]
18 November 2002 Contemporary hit radio [54]
Australia 24 March 2003 CD [55]
United Kingdom 7 April 2003 Columbia [56]

Glee version[edit]

The cast of Fox Broadcasting Company's musical television program, Glee, performed the song in Season 2, Episode 15, "Sexy". Gwyneth Paltrow, Naya Rivera, and Heather Morris are featured on vocals for this version. Stevie Nicks attended the filming of the song and stated that it was a "beautiful mix" of the original and the Chicks version.[57]

Other cover versions[edit]

See also[edit]

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