Little Lies

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"Little Lies"
Little Lies.jpg
Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Tango in the Night
B-side "Ricky"
Released 31 August 1987
Format 7", 12", Cassette single
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:38
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Christine McVie, Eddy Quintela
Producer(s) Lindsey Buckingham, Richard Dashut
Fleetwood Mac singles chronology
"Seven Wonders"
"Little Lies"
"Family Man"
"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. To date, it is their most recent top 10 hit in the US.

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 number 1 for four weeks on the Billboard adult contemporary chart and number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1987. It also hit #5 on the UK Singles Chart. It continues to be played on radio stations as a classic hit of the late '80s, 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"
Hilary Duff - Little Lies.png
Promotional single by Hilary Duff
Released January 13, 2016 (2016-01-13)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2015
Length 3:23
Songwriter(s) Christine McVie, Eddy Quintela
  • Peer Astrom
  • Adam Anders

Hilary Duff recorded a cover of the song, produced by Peer Astrom and Adam Anders, in promotion of the second season of her TV Land comedy series, Younger.[15] It was released January 13, 2016 through RCA Records and Sony Music Entertainment.[16]

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.'"[17] A preview of her rendition of the song was made available through the magazine in December 2015. The recording was produced by Peer Astrom 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.[17]

Duff's recording has been described as synthpop,[15][18] with additional influences of dance genres,[17] especially dubstep.[19][20]

Critical reception[edit]

Duff's genre-altering recording 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."[21] 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."[20]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Worldwide January 13, 2016 Digital download


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  15. ^ a b Strecker, Erin (December 16, 2015). "Hilary Duff Brings Fleetwood Mac's 'Little Lies' to the Dance Floor: Listen". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Little Lies - Single by Hilary Duff". iTunes Store (Canada). Apple Inc. Archived from the original on May 2, 2016. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 
  17. ^ a b c Maslow, Nick (December 16, 2015). "Surprise – Hilary Duff Debuts Crazy-Catchy Cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'Little Lies' for Younger". People. Time Inc. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 
  18. ^ Grebey, James (December 16, 2015). "Hmmmm… Hilary Duff Recorded a Synth-Pop Cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'Little Lies'". Spin. SpinMedia. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 
  19. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (December 16, 2015). "Hilary Duff's Dubstep Cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'Little Lies': Listen". Fuse. Fuse Networks, LLC. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 
  20. ^ a b Villa, Lucas (December 16, 2015). "Listen: Hilary Duff takes Fleetwood Mac's 'Little Lies' to the club". AXS TV. 2929 Entertainment. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 
  21. ^ Wass, Mike (December 16, 2015). "Hilary Duff Delivers An Electro-Pop Cover Of Fleetwood Mac's "Little Lies"". Idolator. Hive Media. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 
  • 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 number-one single
October 10, 1987 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Breakout" by Swing Out Sister