The Best Covers of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide”

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham


Discover the best Fleetwood Mac covers of the iconic song ‘Landslide’ in this article. Written by Stevie Nicks, ‘Landslide’ was first released on Fleetwood Mac’s self-titled album in 1975 and has since become a beloved classic. Over the years, many musicians have covered this timeless song, including Dixie Chicks, BUSH, Tori Amos, The Smashing Pumpkins, Glee, Britta Phillips, Gardiner Sisters, and Chloe Kohanski.

Before we dive into the covers, let’s take a moment to appreciate the original version. ‘Landslide’ has only grown in popularity since its release and remains a favorite among music lovers everywhere. Keep reading to discover some of the best covers of this beloved song.


Fleetwood Mac – Landslide (1975)


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Listen to the original version of ‘Landslide’ as sung by Stevie Nicks. This song represents a period of uncertainty in her life when her music career was struggling and she was experiencing relationship issues with guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. The lyrics reflect her contemplation of returning to school or continuing to pursue a music career with him. Ultimately, she made the right decision, as the two later joined Fleetwood Mac and the rest is history.


The Covers..


Onto the Landslide covers. Each puts a twist and their own unique mark on it, the solo in the song is something a few have really made their own which is nice to see. If you’re going to cover something at least try and do it better!


1. Dixie Chicks (2002)


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The Dixie Chicks are a multi-Grammy award-winning country music group formed 1989 in Dallas, Texas, US. Known for their powerful vocals and poignant lyrics, the Dixie Chicks have won the hearts of fans worldwide. Their cover of ‘Landslide’ from their 2002 album ‘Home’ was a massive hit, earning a Gold certification and matching the same level of success as the original version by Fleetwood Mac.

The Dixie Chicks’ rendition of ‘Landslide’ showcases their signature harmonies and emotional depth, making it a fan favorite. The song’s success helped to solidify the Dixie Chicks’ place in music history and cemented their status as one of the most influential country acts of all time.



2. BUSH (2011)


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Bush is a rock band from London, England, formed in 1992. Known for their grunge-inspired sound and powerful performances, Bush has been a staple of the rock music scene for decades. Their live version of ‘Landslide’ is a standout cover, featuring a fantastic guitar solo in the mid-section and a moving vocal performance by lead singer Gavin Rossdale.

This cover appeared as a bonus track on their 2011 album ‘The Sea of Memories’ (Deluxe Version), showcasing the band’s versatility and ability to put their own spin on a classic song. The live version of ‘Landslide’ featured in the video is particularly noteworthy, capturing the raw emotion of the song and showcasing Bush’s dynamic stage presence.



3. Tori Amos (1997)


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Tori Amos is an American singer-songwriter and pianist whose career has spanned four decades. Known for her unique voice and emotive performances, Tori Amos has become a beloved figure in the music industry. She frequently performs ‘Landslide’ as part of her live set, showcasing her ability to connect with audiences through her music.

This cover of ‘Landslide’ was originally a B-side that appeared on a compilation album called ‘Y-100 Sonic Sessions Volume 1′. Tori Amos’ rendition of the song is hauntingly beautiful, featuring her signature piano playing and soulful vocals. The cover has become a fan favorite and a testament to Tori Amos’ talent as a musician and performer.



4. Smashing Pumpkins (1994)


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The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, US. Formed in 1988, the band has been a mainstay of the rock music scene for decades. Their cover of ‘Landslide’ from their album ‘Pisces Iscariot’ was a huge hit, showcasing the band’s ability to put their own spin on a classic song.

The cover even received approval from Stevie Nicks herself, leading to a friendship between the Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan and the Fleetwood Mac singer. The Smashing Pumpkins’ version of ‘Landslide’ features their signature grunge-inspired sound and a powerful vocal performance by Corgan. The cover has become a fan favorite and a testament to the band’s talent and creativity.



5. Glee (2011)


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This version of ‘Landslide’ was featured on an episode of the popular TV show ‘Glee’ and featured Gwyneth Paltrow, Naya Rivera, and Heather Morris on vocals. The cover received high praise from Stevie Nicks, who attended the filming of the song and stated that it was a “beautiful mix” of the original and Dixie Chicks version.

The ‘Glee’ cover of ‘Landslide’ prompted renewed interest in the original Fleetwood Mac version and the Dixie Chicks version, bringing them back into the charts again. The cover showcased the vocal talents of the ‘Glee’ cast and introduced a new generation of fans to the timeless song. It remains a fan favorite and a testament to the enduring popularity of ‘Landslide’.



6. Britta Phillips (2016)


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Britta Phillips is a musician with a career spanning over 30 years. She is best known for her work with the band Luna and later as one half of the musical duo Dean & Britta. More recently, she has launched a successful solo career, with her debut album ‘Luck or Magic’ released in 2016.

The album features a cover of ‘Landslide’, which showcases Britta’s vocal talents and her ability to put her own spin on a classic song. Her version of the song is closer to the original Stevie Nicks version, with vocals that are quite similar in style. The cover has become a fan favorite and a testament to Britta’s talent as a musician and performer.



7. Gardiner Sisters (2018)


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The Gardiner Sisters are a talented family musical group hailing from North Carolina, US. With over a decade of experience in the music industry, the sisters have amassed over 200 million listens across various online platforms. Their sound is folksy and soulful, showcasing their vocal harmonies and musical prowess.

Their cover of ‘Landslide’ is a standout track, with the five sisters splitting the vocals and harmonizing beautifully. The cover is a testament to their musical talent and ability to put their own spin on a classic song. It’s a nice rendition that pays homage to the original while showcasing the Gardiner Sisters’ unique sound.

The cover appears on their album titled ‘Covers, Vol. 1’, which features a collection of their favorite covers. The album is a must-listen for fans of the Gardiner Sisters and those who appreciate talented musicians who can put their own spin on classic songs.



8. Chloe Kohanski (2017)


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Chloe Kohanski, now known as “chloe mk”, is a talented singer from Nashville, Tennessee. She gained national attention as a contestant in the thirteenth season of the popular TV series ‘The Voice’ (US Version). Her cover of ‘Landslide’ was well received by audiences and helped her on her way to eventually win the competition.

Chloe’s version of ‘Landslide’ is a powerful and emotive rendition of the classic song. Her unique voice and stage presence captivated audiences and showcased her talent as a musician and performer. The cover is a fan favorite and a testament to Chloe’s ability to connect with audiences through her music.

The cover appears on ‘The Voice’ Season 13 Collection, which features a collection of performances from the season. The collection is a must-listen for fans of the show and those who appreciate talented musicians like Chloe Kohanski.



What is the best Landslide cover? It’s a hard one I think. My favorite was the Pumpkins version for years and then BUSH covered it and I had a new favorite but now several years later I’m torn between which I would choose. If I had to pick one I’d go with BUSH.



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Marcos
Marcos
4 years ago

Chloe Kohanski from The Voice sang it beautifully too, one of the most heartful renditions I’ve seen in my life.(If I’m not mistaken even Stevie Nicks complimented her on social media for the version)