Little Lies

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"Little Lies"
Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Tango in the Night
B-side "Ricky"
Released 31 August 1987
Format 7", 12", Cassette Single
Recorded 1986
Length 3:38
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Christine McVie, Eddy Quintela
Producer(s) Lindsey Buckingham, Richard Dashut
Fleetwood Mac singles chronology
"Seven Wonders"
"Little Lies"
"Family Man"
Music video
"Little Lies" (Live) on YouTube

"Little Lies" is a song by the English/American rock band Fleetwood Mac. It was the third single to be taken from their 1987 album Tango in the Night. As of 2016, it is their final top 10 hit in the U.S.

The song was composed by the band's keyboard player and vocalist, Christine McVie and her then-husband Eddy Quintela. When released, the song reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. (#1 for four weeks on the American adult contemporary chart) and #5 on the UK Singles Chart. It continues to be played on radio stations as a classic hit of the late 80's, along with "Everywhere" and "Seven Wonders" released a year later. It was also accompanied by a music video, filmed on a farm, in and around its rustic buildings and fields. In "Little Lies" the singer would rather hear little lies than the unhappy truth from her lover, although near the end she admits "We're better off apart. Let's give it a try." Fleetwood Mac was known for singing about the group members' rocky relationships.

The single was also available on the 12-inch format, featuring an extended dance version, a dub version, and the single's B-side, "Ricky", a non-album track penned by Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham. A limited 12-inch picture disc was also released in the UK, and it was also the first Fleetwood Mac single to be issued on the cassette-single format.

Track listing[edit]

12" US single (Warner Brothers Records 0-20761)

  1. "Little Lies" (Extended Version) 6:07
  2. "Little Lies" (Dub) 4:04
  3. "Ricky" 4:21

Released versions[edit]

  • 7" Single/Album Version (3:38)
  • Extended 12" Version (6:07) - remixed by John "Jellybean" Benitez
  • Dub Version (4:04) - remixed by John "Jellybean" Benitez
  • Live Version from "Skies the Limit" (1990) CD-single (taken from the Tango In The Night live concert video filmed in 1987)


Chart performance[edit]

Hilary Duff version[edit]

"Little Lies"
Single by Hilary Duff
Released January 13, 2016 (2016-01-13)
Format Digital download
Length 3:23
Label RCA
Hilary Duff singles chronology
"Little Lies"

Hilary Duff recorded a cover of the song, produced by Alex and Adam Anders, for the second season of the TV Land comedy Younger.

Duff explained; "They were like, ‘We want you to cover a song for the promos for the second season’ And I’m like, ‘Oh my God. Yes, of course, I would love to’. Fleetwood Mac is seriously one of my favorite bands of all time".[16]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Worldwide January 13, 2016 Digital download Sony


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  • The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Didn't We Almost Have It All" by Whitney Houston
Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single
October 10, 1987 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Breakout" by Swing Out Sister