Stevie Nicks wears many hats (also, shawls and pendants, depending on the decade). She’s a majestic songstress. Potential white witch. Obvious Gemini. And confirmed (and now reformed) drug professional. As arguably the most recognizable name in Fleetwood Mac, she originally only joined the band because her then-boyfriend Lindsay Buckingham insisted on them as a package deal. Nicks navigated the murky waters of sleeping with bandmates a solid four decades between Gwen Stefani tried to make that a thing, probably did just as many drugs as Keith Richards, and still happened to write some of the best pop songs of all time, including “Dreams,” which to this day is only number-one hit that Fleetwood Mac ever had. For uncouth readers who can’t be bothered to muster interest in significant musical contributions of the 70s and 80s, I offer you this: Destiny’s Child would not have had “Bootylicious” without “Edge of Seventeen.”
In honor of the 35th anniversary of Rumours (and the subsequent Fleetwood Mac tour that begins this April), here’s a look back at the career of one of the most enchanting women in popular music.