Every so often, we turn our series That Was A Hit?!? on its head with Soundcheck frequent guest Chris Molanphy, calling it instead, “That Wasn't A Hit?!?” We look back at songs that -- although we may now think of them as hits -- actually weren't hits (at least in their original form) at all.
Today, we look at Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide." "If you flip on oldies or lite radio right now and they're playing a Fleetwood Mac song, I give it a one-in-three shot they're playing 'Landslide,'" says Molanphy. "'Landslide' is kind of their big radio song of the last couple of decades."
However, "Landslide" wasn't one of the singles off of their 1975 self-titled album -- instead, the album's singles were "Rhiannon," "Say You Love Me" and "Over My Head" -- all of which charted in the Billboard Top 20. Instead of releasing "Landslide" as a single, the group moved right on to their next (highly successful) album, Rumours. Although the song became a staple of the group's concert sets, it was, as Molanphy says, "kind of a buried classic."
The song ended up being resurrected decades later by Billy Corgan, lead singer of the Smashing Pumpkins. He covered the song in 1994, and his version reached #3 on Billboard's modern rock charts -- "the first version of 'Landslide' by anybody to chart on a Billboard chart," according to Molanphy.
The song was later re-released as a single by Fleetwood Mac as a part of their live reunion album The Dance, and then eventually made its way to the Billboard Top 10 when the Dixie Chicks covered the song in 2002.