There’s a reason Christine McVie was considered the heart of Fleetwood Mac.
The band’s keyboardist, who died Wednesday aged 79 after a short illness, was also the author of some of the group’s most popular songs.
Here are just five of those tunes:
This is connected to a drama.
Fleetwood Mac is known in part for her turbulent relationships, especially when it came to romantic ones.
Band members Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham had a thing that ended badly, and McVie was famously married to and then divorced fellow bandmate John McVie.
He reportedly thought the song, with the lyrics “Sweet wonderful you/You make me happy with the things you do/Oh, can it be so/This feel follows me anywhere I go,” was about their dog when the McVies married her Time.
But it turns out Christine McVie wrote the love song in honor of the band’s lighting director, with whom she was having an affair.
Another song from their famous Rumors album.
“Don’t Stop” proved to be a hopeful anthem for the future, so significant to former President Bill Clinton that he used it as his 1992 campaign anthem.
On Wednesday, he tweeted a tribute to McVie.
“I am saddened by the death of Christine McVie. “Don’t Stop” was my 1992 campaign theme song – it perfectly captured the mood of a nation aching for better days.” he tweeted. “I am grateful to Christine & Fleetwood Mac for entrusting us with such a meaningful song. I will miss her.”
This was actually a solo song for McVie.
The first single from her self-titled solo album sounds like it could be a Fleetwood Mac song, with its lively rhythm and infectious chorus, “Ooh, I got a love/I got someone/This love got a hold on me.”
Buckingham also plays guitar here, which gives him even more Fleetwood Mac vibe.
“Say You Love Me” is a snappy tune that’s become a staple on rock and easy-listening radio stations.
In a 1990 interview, she reflected on the sweet harmonies she, Nicks and Buckingham achieve on the tune.
“When I first started playing ‘Say You Love Me’ and hit the chorus, they started singing along with me and fell right in,” reports Performing Songwriter magazine. “I heard this incredible sound, our three voices… and my skin got goosebumps.”
It feels right that so many on social media have used this song to pay tribute to McVie after her death.
The ballad she wrote has been called the perfect memento of someone lost.
Playing it now after her death seems haunting as she pours her heart into the opening lyrics: “There will be no more crying for you / For you the sun will shine / And I feel that when I’m with you / It’s okay, I know it’s right.”