There has been no shortage of drama in Stevie Nicks’ life, yet her confessional style of songwriting (she has stated that she doesn’t write “fiction”) has turned her experiences into exquisite rock art for the rest of us. After finding mega-fame with Fleetwood Mac in the 70s, Nicks stepped out with her solo debut album, 1981’s Bella Donna; she kept the two parallel careers for nearly another decade, before leaving Fleetwood Mac in 1990. In that time, the best Stevie Nicks songs covered differing styles and intensities, yet all had an undeniable “Stevieness” at their core.
“When you keep music in your life, I think it just changes you and pulls you out of a deep hole,” Nicks reflected to The New Yorker in 2022. “Whenever I’m depressed, I just put music on.”
From sample-ready riffs to majestic ballads, the best Stevie Nicks songs have the power to dig you out of the deepest and darkest of holes.