Fleetwood Mac’s landmark album Rumours is an absolute monster.
It’s one of nine studio albums ever to sell over 20 million copies in the U.S. Forty-four years after being unleashed onto the masses, it still holds up for its incredible songwriting and its main theme: Cheating, cheating and wait…more cheating.
The making of Rumours, of course, is famous for everyone in the band breaking up with each other and its other “indulgences.” (AKA: So much cocaine it would make Tony Montana blush.)
Between the divorce filing of John McVie and Christine McVie, the breakup of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham (and Nicks’ eventual “shacking up” with Mick Fleetwood), the band weren’t exactly hurting for material.
As for the cocaine, its heavy use by the band has been well-documented and was so prolific, Fleetwood reportedly wanted to thank his dealer in the album’s liner notes.
In short, Rumours is the ultimate cheating/break-up record. In honor of its anniversary, here are the five best lyrical burns about relationships from the album.