After finding mega-fame with Fleetwood Mac in the 70s, Stevie Nicks proved she had plenty more to offer when she stepped out with her solo debut album, 1981’s Bella Donna. From sample-ready riffs to majestic ballads, the best Stevie Nicks songs reveal why she will always be the wild heart of rock.
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10: Planets Of The Universe (from ‘Trouble In Shangri-La, 2001)
Planets Of The Universe was first recorded as a demo for Fleetwood Mac’s smash 1977 album, Rumours – perhaps unsurprisingly, given its Rhiannon-style opening. That beautiful solo piano rendition was later included on an expanded reissue of Rumours, released in 2004, by which time Nicks had recorded and released an edited version of the song on her 2001 album, Trouble In Shangri-La. While the production on that release is somewhat dated today (think the kind of Europop sound Cher was also keen on), it offers a brilliant demonstration of Nicks’ writing talents and the wealth of material she brought to the table in the 70s. (Nicks had released a longer version in 2000, but later omitted a couple of verses, reputedly because she decided they were too harsh on her ex and fellow-bandmate, Lindsey Buckingham).