Last year, we ranked the top 30 Fleetwood Mac covers ever. Well in the past week along, two more contenders have emerged should we ever update that list.
The first comes from Iowa singer-songwriter Lissie. She in fact made that initial list, with a stunning “Go Your Own Way.” Well now she’s covered another Rumours classic: “Dreams.” Where she did “Go Your Own Way” with a full band, “Dreams” comes much stripped-down. Appropriate, given that it previews her album When I’m Alone: The Piano Retrospective (out April 9). With a voice as powerful as hers, you don’t need much in the way of ornamentation.
Speaking of “Go Your Own Way,” fingerpicking virtuoso William Tyler just covered it for Aquarium Drunkard’s The Lagniappe Sessions. And speaking of vocals… there are none. “I wanted to rearrange some sort of canonical rock song the way that Kottke or Tommy Emmanuel do, and this was the first one I hit on,” he writes. “I think Lindsey Buckingham could have made a hell of an acid folk record, FWIW.” He also covers Yo La Tengo, Dvořák, and Handel in that session (hell of a range).