Songbird (Fleetwood Mac song)

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Song by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Rumours
ReleasedFebruary 1977
RecordedMarch 3, 1976, Zellerbach Auditorium, Berkeley, California
GenreSoft rock
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Christine McVie
Producer(s)Fleetwood Mac, Ken Caillat, Richard Dashut
Rumours track listing

"Songbird" is a popular song by British American rock band Fleetwood Mac. It first appeared on the 1977 album Rumours and was released as the B-side of the single "Dreams". It is one of four songs written solely by Christine McVie on the album. She would frequently sing the song at concerts. The song came to McVie at 3am; she composed and wrote the whole song in half an hour, and played it continuously until she could record it the same morning. [1]



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[2] Silver 200,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Cover versions[edit]

Eva Cassidy's version was released in 1998 on her posthumous compilation album of the same name Songbird. Despite being released two years after her death from melanoma, the album eventually reached number 1 in the UK in 2001.[3] "Songbird" finally charted in the UK in September 2009 at number 56, after a contestant (Shanna Goodhead) performed the song on The X Factor.

Willie Nelson covered "Songbird" on his own 2006 album Songbird, making it the second album to be named after the song. The album peaked at #87 on the Billboard 200.

Canadian singer-songwriter Melanie Doane covered "Songbird" as a duet with Jim Cuddy (of Blue Rodeo) on her 2008 album A Thousand Nights.

In 2011, the song was also covered on the popular FOX TV show Glee by Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez when she was expressing her romantic feelings to Heather Morris as Brittany S. Pierce.

The song was included in the 2016 CD "Side Orders" by Circe Link and Christian Nesmith.

In popular culture[edit]

"Songbird" was originally going to be used for the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V for the non-fictional Los Santos Rock Radio station, but never made it into the final version of the game.


  1. ^ Desert Island Discs, Christine McVie, BBC Radio 4, 22nd Dec 2017
  2. ^ "British single certifications – Fleetwood Mac – Songbird". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 17 May 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Songbird in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  3. ^ The Official UK Albums Chart Top 75, August 25, 2001. Retrieved May 8, 2011.

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