Here Are Our Favourite Metal & Punk Fleetwood Mac Covers

1 December 2022 | 10:58 am | Mary Varvaris
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We rounded up the finest heavy Fleetwood Mac covers in honour of Christine McVie, who passed away yesterday.

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We love metal, punk, rock and all the subgenres surrounding them here at Kill Your Stereo, but we also love the sweet croon of a Fleetwood Mac tune. 

Today, we are utterly devastated by the passing of band member, songwriter, and pianist, Christine McVie. Her voice and songwriting on tracks like Everywhere, Little Lies, You Make Loving Fun, and Songbird just floors us. 

Garbage singer Shirley Manson reacted to the news of McVie's death by posting, "Gutted to learn about the passing of Christine McVie. Just gutted. Songbird forever." Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams also shared her sadness, writing, "I love you Christine McVie. My favorite writer in one of the best bands of all time."

So, in her honour, we tracked down the finest metal and punk Fleetwood Mac covers. Please share your favourite covers once this story goes live on social media so we can update this one!

Taking Dawn - The Chain

The Chain was once a song so revered that it was believed nobody should cover it. Sometimes, we agree with that statement. But then we watch Taking Dawn's take on the classic tune, complete with blast beats and backing vocals. It's perfection.

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Marty Friedman with members of Mastodon, Lucifer, Baroness, Cave In - You Make Loving Fun

With guitar virtuosos Friedman and Mastodon's Bill Kelliher on display, they didn't go too far and make it all about themselves. The cover respects a great song with some of the most talented people in metal music having a blast. Johanna Sadonis of Lucifer fame is also outstanding vocally.

Judas Priest - The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown) 

The mighty Judas Priest took on a song released in 1970, the year that McVie joined Fleetwood Mac. Written by Peter Green and released shortly before his departure, Judas Priest reminds us that Fleetwood Mac were a blues band in their earliest days. Their rollicking cover can convince anyone that it's actually a song written by Rob Halford and Glenn Tipton, but that certainly isn't the case. 

What song doesn't need a Halford scream, anyway?

Smashing Pumpkins - Landslide

Who would have thought Billy Corgan could keep Landslide so beautiful and tender? 

Angela Hughey wrote on Cover Me Songs about this one, "Corgan is the male counterpart to Nicks: an emotional, husky voice that seems to be reaching right through the airwaves into our hearts. In this way, the Smashing Pumpkins cover has become a classic in its own right."

Hole - Gold Dust Woman

The original version of Gold Dust Woman is a low-key, celestial affair that feels ancient; it's one of those songs that's so familiar and takes you on a journey. 

Hole also takes us on a journey in their rendition - Courtney Love supplies a grit and attitude only she could bring to this classic number, with Melissa Auf der Maur offsetting the hardness with her angelic backing vocals. Stevie Nicks also told Love that this is how she imagined Gold Dust Woman to sound, so I suppose Hole nailed it.

Paramore - Everywhere

No, Paramore don't give Everywhere a punk spin. 

Playing the McVie-written cut in London during their After Laughter tour, Paramore give the song a little disco vibe here, an upbeat twist there, and a chorus BELTED by Hayley Williams. There's a singalong that's as joyful as the band looks to be playing one of their favourite songs on stage. 

RIP, Christine McVie.