From the moment she joined blues-rockers Chicken Shack in 1967, Christine Perfect (later McVie) became one of the most beloved figures in UK music. After officially signing up with Fleetwood Mac three years later, her exquisite songs provided highlights of the group’s albums, often lending a sense of stability throughout the many changes in Fleetwood Mac’s line-ups. Though Fleetwood Mac’s most successful era came after Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined, in 1975, McVie wrote many of the band’s biggest hits, and her soulful vocals and playing were a constant throughout. McVie died on 30 November 2022, aged 79, but she left behind dozens of much-loved tracks. Here are the best Christine McVie songs of all time.
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10: Close To Me (from ‘Christine Perfect’, 1970)
1969 was a pivotal year for Christine Perfect. She provided lead vocals for Chicken Shack’s soulful cover of Ellington Jordan’s I’d Rather Go Blind, which hit the UK Top 20 in 1969; won Melody Maker’s award for best female vocalist; married Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie; and left Chicken Shack. Her first solo album, Christine Perfect, was released the following year. Of the four original McVie songs on the record, the pick is the slinky R&B of Close To Me, a co-write with guitarist Rick Hayward.