Song of the Day #1,425: ‘I Don’t Wanna Know’ – Fleetwood Mac

Best Albums of the 70s – #9
Rumours – Fleetwood Mac (1977)

Considering I was five when it was released, I’ve never known Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours as anything but a classic, record-breaking album. It is the 9th best-selling album in the United States and 10th in the world.

How great must it have been when this was just the new Fleetwood Mac album? When songs like ‘Dreams,’ ‘Go Your Own Way’ and ‘Don’t Stop’ emerged from your speakers for the first time, did they already sound like classics?

They certainly sound that way now — the whole album does, start to finish.

Rumours is at once a collection of masterfully written and performed songs and a snapshot of a band caught up in all the agony and ecstasy of 1970s decadence. Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, who joined the band on the album before this one, stirred up a whirlwind of romantic and artistic turmoil that the band seemingly thrived on.

The band members took turns hating and sleeping with each other while in their spare time they whipped together a record that still feels fresh 35 years later (hell, even Glee dedicated a whole episode to the album).

I wonder if any albums recorded in the past five years will endure the way Rumours has. Adele’s 21 is a smash hit, no doubt, but it doesn’t have an identity the way this record does. Perhaps the album era is truly over.

I don’t wanna know the reasons why love keeps
Right on walking on down the line
I don’t wanna stand between you and love, honey
I just want you to feel fine

I don’t wanna know the reasons why love keeps
Right on walking on down the line
I don’t wanna stand between you and love, honey
I just want you to feel fine

Finally baby
The truth has come down now
Take a listen to your spirit
It’s crying out loud.
Try to believe
You say you love me, but you don’t know
You got me rockin’ and a-reelin’
Oh, oh, yeah
A-Haa

I don’t wanna know the reasons why love keeps
Right on walking on down the line
I don’t wanna stand between you and love, honey
I just want you to feel fine

I don’t wanna know the reasons why love keeps
Right on walking on down the line
I don’t wanna stand between you and love, honey
I just want you to feel fine

Finally baby
The truth has been told
Now you tell me that I’m crazy
It’s nothing that I didn’t know
Trying to survive
You say you love me, but you don’t know
You got me rockin’ and a-reelin’
Hey I Belong To You
Oh Yea
A-Haa

I don’t wanna know the reasons why love keeps
Right on walking on down the line
I don’t wanna stand between you and love honey,
Take a little time

One thought on “Song of the Day #1,425: ‘I Don’t Wanna Know’ – Fleetwood Mac

  1. Dana says:

    I actually remember quite well when the hits from this album dominated the radio. Hard to say that I personally recognized them as classics at the time, though I loved them then and never grow tired of hearing these songs. It was years later when I bought the album and discovered that the songs that were not hits were as good as those that were.

    This album would undoubtedly make me top 20 for the 70’s list as well.

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