220px-bella_donna_albumStevie Nicks – “Edge of Seventeen” – (1981)

When an artist goes solo and has a huge hit I always wonder if their solo hit would’ve worked if it came from the band. In this case, I don’t think this would’ve made a great Fleetwood Mac song. This was her first true solo single (there were two before it but both were duets). The guitar riff was later used by Destiny’s Child on “Bootylicious.” “Edge of Seventeen” has to be Stevie Nicks’ signature solo tune, even if it (barely) failed to crack the top ten on the Hot 100.

Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty – “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” – (1981)

This was the debut single from Stevie Nicks’ solo career and it was the only song from her first album that she had no part in writing. This one was actually written by Tom Petty and a Heartbreaker (Mike Campbell). They were going to do it as a single for their band but someone managed to get Stevie Nicks into the recording booth and it ended up as a top five hit for her in 1981 (it peaked at #3). Really good song from the both of them, but largely overlooked today.

Stevie Nicks & Don Henley – “Leather and Lace” – (1981)

I’m starting something new this week. It’s not a countdown. Instead, I’m just going to feature duets until I basically run out of them. From the 80s (Monday), 90s (Wednesday), and 2000s (Friday). The first is from two huge stars: Stevie Nicks (of Fleetwood Mac) and Don Henley (of the Eagles). Stevie Nicks wrote the song for Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter – but their version never even appeared on the album they released together (which was actually called Leather and Lace). Instead, Nicks recorded it with Henley and it went to #6 on the Hot 100.