Over My Head – Fleetwood Mac | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#20) & Adult Contemporary (#32); 1976

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Few fans of Fleetwood Mac’s early blues-based albums would have predicted that the UK group would ultimately morph into the top pop-rock band of the 1970’s. By then, only original members Mike Fleetwood and John McVie remained; having been joined along the way by Christine McVie in 1970, and Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks in 1975. The band was now based in California and recording its latest, self-titled album in Van Nuys. Fleetwood Mac debuted on the album chart in August of 1975, followed three months later by the appearance of Over My Head on the singles list. Written by Christine McVie, Over My Head was succeeded by the Stevie Nicks tune Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win) and another McVie composition, Say You Love Me. The UK/US, husband/wife, and blues/pop elements tensions made for a perfect crossover combination: one that propelled Fleetwood Mac to #1, eleven months after it entered the album chart.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Christine McVie

Lyrics Written by:

  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Keith Olsen