You Make Loving Fun

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"You Make Loving Fun"
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Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Rumours
ReleasedSeptember 1977
GenrePop rock
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Christine McVie
Fleetwood Mac US singles chronology
"Don't Stop"
"You Make Loving Fun"
Rumours track listing

"You Make Loving Fun" is a song written and sung by Christine McVie of the British-American band Fleetwood Mac. It was released as the fourth and final 45 rpm single from the band's album Rumours in 1977. It was the record's fourth top-ten hit, as the song peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100.


The song was inspired by an affair McVie had with the band's lighting director, Curry Grant.[1] "To avoid flare-ups", she told her then-husband John McVie that the song was about her dog.[2] On the American Top 40 program of November 26, 1977, Casey Kasem described the song as "an emotional biography of the love lives of all five members."[citation needed]

Early tracking of the song was done, according to McVie, in the absence of Lindsey Buckingham, which gave her the freedom to "build the song on my own". The recording sessions were saturated with cocaine use. Buckingham played rhythm guitar on a Fender Stratocaster, and tracking was done with a Rhodes Electric Piano, Nicks playing tambourine. John McVie's bass was rerecorded again later, and Christine McVie dubbed Hohner Clavinet parts.[2] In an interview with the New York Post she remarked that she wanted it to be the third US single from the album, but instead "Don't Stop" was chosen, which boosted the album's commercial success in the US and the UK.[1] The song also utilizes descending seconds in its chord progression.[3]

"You Make Loving Fun" was a concert staple for Fleetwood Mac and was played during every tour involving Christine McVie from 1976 until 1997, a year before McVie's departure from the band and retirement from touring. It was briefly revived for Fleetwood Mac's 2014-2015 tour when McVie rejoined the band.[4]


Charts and certifications[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Cyndi Lauper covered "You Make Loving Fun" in 1984. A non-album single, it was released only in Japan.[15]


  1. ^ a b Furman, Leah (2003). Rumours Exposed: The Unauthorized Biography of Fleetwood Mac. Kensington. pp. 105–106, 133–34. ISBN 9780806524726.
  2. ^ a b Caillat, Ken; Stiefel, Steve (2012). Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 101, 106–110, 195. ISBN 9781118282366.
  3. ^ Stephenson, Ken (2002). What to Listen for in Rock: A Stylistic Analysis. p. 107. ISBN 978-0-300-09239-4.
  4. ^ Kenneth Partridge (October 7, 2014). "Fleetwood Mac Relives Past Peaks & Lows at Madison Square Garden Concert". Billboard. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  5. ^ "Ken Caillat Revisits Rumours". Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  6. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Fleetwood Mac" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  7. ^ " – Fleetwood Mac – You Make Loving Fun" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  8. ^ " – Fleetwood Mac – You Make Loving Fun". Top 40 Singles.
  9. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  10. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 88.
  12. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  13. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
  14. ^ "British single certifications – Fleetwood Mac – You Make Loving Fun". British Phonographic Industry.
  15. ^ Discogs: Cyndi Lauper – You Make Loving Fun

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