Who says breakups only give you trauma and heartbreak? Sometimes, it also gives you a hit song that is surely likely to go down in history as one of the best songs ever made.
If you don’t know, which song we are talking about; it’s none other than Fleetwood Mac’s hit song, Dreams, from their eleventh studio album, Rumours.
Released in the late ’70s, Dreams is a sensational song and because of the renewed attention from a viral Tiktok video, has been gaining new listeners to this day. So, what’s so special about this song you ask? Turns out this number-one hit song was written by Stevie Nicks after her breakup with her bandmate, Lindsey Buckingham. The most interesting part is that she wrote the song in a secret room in under 10 minutes!
The top hit was a song born out of a difficult time that the band went through what seemed like one of their worst nightmares. While Nick was going through a rough breakup with Lindsey, who was her partner, romantically and professionally, for almost eight years, band members John and Christine weren’t on good terms either.
It was a tough time for the band, as it was a struggle for them to come together as one. Just then things got heated in the studio, which was, with no doubts, fuelled by cocaine and their individual opinions, Nicks decided that she had enough. Storming out of the room, where the rest of the band worked, Nicks took her Fender Rhodes piano in her hands and didn’t return back to the studio.
She did storm out of the studio but she wasn’t really sure about where to go next. Luckily, a friendly guy in her company told her about the secret room, the esteemed Sly Stone, which happened to be a mini-studio with an exquisite bed that occupied a part of the room.
Recalling how shocked she was to find out about Sly Stone after all the time she had worked in the building, Nicks said, “It’s[Sly Stone] a big studio with a sunken circular shape, actually like a lighthouse, like a circle, and there are keyboards all around, a bunch of keyboards that went down this tunnel kind of thing”.
Furthermore, when asked about the bed, Nicks described it as a beautiful big half-moon circular bed with all black and red velvet.
In an interview with the Rolling Stones, Nicks goes on to describe the birth of the hit song, as she remembers the day,” I sat down on the bed with my keyboard in front of me, found a drum pattern, switched my little cassette player on, and wrote ‘Dreams’ in about ten minutes.”
Stating how she went back to the studio with the primary draft for Dreams in her hand, ready to play it to the rest of the band, Nicks continued, “Right away I liked the fact that I was doing something with a dance beat because that made it a little unusual for me.”
In her other conversation with the Daily Mail about the song Dream, she went into further detail about the stressful moment she first took the draft of Dreams and played it for Lindsey. She remembered,” “I remember the night I wrote ‘Dreams.’ I walked in and handed a cassette of the song to Lindsey. It was a rough take, just me singing solo and playing piano.
Her then-partner, Lindsey Buckingham did speak about the song. In an interview, he said, “We had to go through an elaborate exercise of denial keeping our personal feelings in one corner of the room while trying to be professional in the other”.
It was not as if Lindsey didn’t suffer, he too responded to his and Nicks’ brutal breakup with his song, “Go Your Own Way” but it was Nicks’ song, Dreams, that gave the band their only Hot 100 No. 1 hit.
The American singer-songwriter, Stevie Nicks’s time with Fleetwood Mac made her an overnight sensation and gave her the bitter taste of breakup. But it did let her bag the title of the creator of one of the best songs of all time.