A New Video Reveals Exactly How Fleetwood Mac Created Their Classic Song ‘Dreams’

Because thunder only happens when it’s raining, right?

Decades after Fleetwood Mac’s 1970s heyday, singer Stevie Nicks is still among the top ten highest-grossing touring rock acts in the world. 

Her legendary soft-rock supergroup remains one of the most beloved bands of all time, thanks in part to Fleetwood Mac’s monster 1977 album Rumors. Fans of the timeless classic can now watch an impressively detailed video by The Nerdwriter on how Nicks, Linsdey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and John and Christine McVie created the iconic song “Dreams”. For diehard fans of the mighty Mac, it’s fascinating stuff.

Uproxx breaks it down here: 

Using the song “Dreams,” one of Stevie Nicks’ finest songs, the video picks apart the bones of the song, beginning by contrasting the lush, completed version with Nicks’ stripped-down demo.

From there it explores the different musical keys of the song, noting which instruments come into play and when, as well as the different technological effects, like adding a phaser to Fleetwood’s hi-hat, that give “Dreams” its sonic signature.

Check out how Fleetwood Mac created “Dreams” in the video above, and then be sure to watch the finished product here.