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"Go Your Own Way" is a song by the British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released as a single in December 1976.



  • 1 Background
  • 2 Personnel
  • 3 All appearances
  • 4 Cover versions
  • 5 Sampling
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


Written by Lindsey Buckingham, it was the first single from the group's 1977 album Rumours. It peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the group's first top-ten hit in the U.S. In the UK, the single was not as successful, and would only reach #38. However, the song became very popular in the U.K. over a longer period asRumours received more radio airplay and it re-entered the singles chart on many occasions. This led to the song selling gradually over the years. It has been certified Silver in the U.K. for digital sales of over 200,000 copies. The song was also a #1 hit in Netherlands.

It is ranked number 120 on Rolling Stone '​s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and is on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Rolllist. The song is about the complicated relationship that Buckingham and fellow Fleetwood Mac member Stevie Nicks were having.[1] Conversely, the B-Side track, Silver Springs, was written by Stevie Nicks, on the same theme, and is often regarded as a response to the A-Side.[2]


  • Lindsey Buckingham – guitars, lead vocals
  • Mick Fleetwood – drums, maracas, cymbals
  • Christine McVie – Hammond organ, backing vocals
  • John McVie – bass guitar
  • Stevie Nicks – backing vocals

All appearances[edit][]

  • Rumours (1977)
  • Live (1980)
  • Greatest Hits (1988)
  • 25 Years - The Chain (1992)
  • The Dance (Live Album) (1997)
  • The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac (2002)
  • Rock Band 2 (2008)
  • Guitar Hero World Tour (2008)

Cover versions[edit][]

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"Go Your Own Way" has been covered by NOFX, The Lumineers, Vomit Launch, Seaweed, The Cranberries, Jellyfish, Jennifer Brown, Wilson Phillips, Biffy Clyro, Carrie Underwood, Boy George, Kate Ceberano,Silverstein, Gloriana, Keane, Jets to zurich, Lea Michele, Lissie, The Head and the Heart,[3] Colbie Caillat, and Art of Dying.


  • Dumb and Dumber (1995)
  • MC Mario – Most Wanted 2007 (2007)
  • Pictureplane – Goth Star (2009)
  • Karl Wolf – "Go Your Own Way" / Also alternative version by Karl Wolf featuring Reema Major (2013)
  • Forrest Gump (1994)