Released as 1976 came to a close, Go Your Own Way was a fitting choice for the lead single from Fleetwood Mac’s soon-to-be-ubiquitous 1977 album, Rumours. Not only was the song a potent, radio-friendly distillation of everything its parent album had to offer, but as a powerful, emotional breakup anthem with a searingly direct chorus, it spoke of the tension within the band itself – an endlessly fascinating story that, to this day, remains a dramatic and captivating sidenote to the music.
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“It was the beginning of my having a dialogue with Stevie”
Since Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined the band, in 1975, Fleetwood Mac had turned a corner, with their self-titled album, released later that year, proving a commercial slow burner. By the time work on Rumours began, the world was eagerly anticipating a new Fleetwood Mac record, but, as Buckingham told the Song Exploder podcast in 2019, his fractious relationship with Nicks meant the group were having a tumultuous time behind the scenes.
“We had this idea to take a break from the road, and to rent a house for like a week or so in Florida, and start working on some material for the album,” the guitarist recalled, adding that Go Your Own Way was the first song to be written for the new record.