Little Lies

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"Little Lies"
Little Lies.jpg
Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Tango in the Night
ReleasedAugust 1987
LabelWarner Bros.
Fleetwood Mac singles chronology
"Seven Wonders"
"Little Lies"
"Family Man"
Music video
"Little Lies" on YouTube

"Little Lies" is a song by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac from their fourteenth studio album, Tango in the Night (1987). It was written by band member Christine McVie and her then-husband, Eddy Quintela, with lead vocals performed primarily by McVie, although the chorus features brief solo passages by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. The song was released in August 1987 by Warner Bros. Records, as the third single from Tango in the Night.

On its release, the single reached number one for four weeks on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1987. To date, it is their most recent top-ten hit in the United States. The single also reached number five on the UK Singles Chart. "Little Lies" continues to be played on radio stations as a classic hit of the late-1980s, along with "Everywhere" and "Seven Wonders", both of which are from Tango in the Night. "Little Lies" was also accompanied by a music video, filmed on a farm, in and around its rustic buildings and fields.

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

Track listing and formats[edit]

  • US 12" vinyl single (Warner Bros. Records 0-20761)
  1. "Little Lies" (Extended version) – 6:07
  2. "Little Lies" (Dub version) – 4:04
  3. "Ricky" – 4:21
  • UK 7" vinyl single (Warner Bros. Records W 8291)
  1. "Little Lies" – 3:38
  2. "Ricky" – 4:21



Certifications and sales[edit]

Certifications and sales for "Little Lies"
Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Platinum 600,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Hilary Duff version[edit]

"Little Lies"
Hilary Duff - Little Lies.png
Promotional single by Hilary Duff
ReleasedJanuary 13, 2016 (2016-01-13)
Music video
"Little Lies" (Younger Promo) on YouTube

Hilary Duff recorded a cover of the song, produced by Peer Åström and Adam Anders, in promotion of the second season of her TV Land comedy series, Younger.[26] It was released January 13, 2016 through RCA Records and Sony Music Entertainment.[27]

Background and recording[edit]

"TV Land called me," Duff told People, "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.'"[28] A preview of her rendition of the song was made available through the magazine in December 2015. The recording was produced by Peer Åström and Adam Anders, with vocal engineering and production from Alex Anders, the same team responsible for the music behind the popular Fox musical comedy-drama, Glee.[28]

Duff's recording has been described as synthpop,[26][29] with additional influences of dance genres,[28] especially dubstep.[30][31]

Critical reception[edit]

Duff's genre-altering recording of "Little Lies" has received mixed reviews from critics. "This cover doesn’t work for me," writes Mike Wass of Idolator, "The plodding electronic production ... completely overwhelms Fleetwood Mac’s delicate Tango In The Night smash and makes the "Sparks" diva sound like Siri's older sister."[32] However, Lucas Villa of AXS TV was more complimentary, writing that Duff "rises above the synths to emerge as the dance floor queen she's been since the release of her 2007 album, Dignity."[31]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Worldwide January 13, 2016 Digital download
Russia[33] February 19, 2016 Sony


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