Songbird For Mac

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Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Rumours
ReleasedFebruary 1977
RecordedMarch 3-4 1976
StudioZellerbach Auditorium, Berkeley, California
GenreSoft rock
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Christine McVie
Producer(s)Fleetwood Mac, Ken Caillat, Richard Dashut
Fleetwood Mac US singles chronology
'Go Your Own Way'
'Don't Stop'
Fleetwood Mac UK singles chronology
'Don't Stop'
'You Make Loving Fun'
Rumours track listing
Side one
  1. 'Second Hand News'
  2. 'Dreams'
  3. 'Never Going Back Again'
  4. 'Don't Stop'
  5. 'Go Your Own Way'
  6. 'Songbird'
Side two
  1. 'The Chain'
  2. 'You Make Loving Fun'
  3. 'I Don't Want to Know'
  4. 'Oh Daddy'
  5. 'Gold Dust Woman'

'Songbird' is a popular song by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac. It first appeared on the 1977 album Rumours and was released as the B-side of the single 'Dreams'. It is one of four songs written solely by Christine McVie on the album. She would frequently sing the song at concerts.


The song came to McVie as the band was finishing up a recording session at the Sausalito Record Plant.[1] She wrote the song in half an hour around midnight, but didn't have anyone around to record it. To ensure she did not forget the chord structure and melody, she remained awake the entire night.[2]

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  • Songbird is an open-source media player characterized by smooth web integration. Any web developer can use Songbird's APIs to create sites that interact with this program. Songbird also uses playlists to classify melodies. The song manager, called Media Hub, lets you quickly find tracks according to release date, artist, and album.

Producer Ken Caillat loved the track and suggested she record it alone in a concert style approach. Their first venue of choice, the Berkeley Community Theatre, was unavailable, so the band instead booked the Zellerbach Auditorium for March 3, 1976.[3] To create the appropriate ambience, Caillat ordered a bouquet of flowers to place on her piano. He then requested three spotlights to illuminate the flowers from above. When McVie arrived at the auditorium, the house lights were dimmed so her attention was immediately brought to the illuminated flowers on the piano.[4]

15 microphones were placed around the auditorium to capture the performance.[3] The recording session went into the next morning due to the difficulty of recording the song live in one take.[4] Lindsey Buckingham strummed an acoustic guitar offstage to keep the tempo.



  • Christine McVie – piano, vocals
  • Lindsey Buckingham – acoustic guitar


RegionCertificationCertified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[5]Silver200,000

sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Cover versions[edit]

Eva Cassidy version[edit]

Eva Cassidy's version was released in 1998 on her posthumous compilation album of the same name Songbird. Despite being released two years after her death from melanoma, the album eventually reached number 1 in the UK in 2001.[6] 'Songbird' finally charted in the UK in September 2009 at number 56, after a contestant (Shanna Goodhead) performed the song on The X Factor.


RegionCertificationCertified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[7]Silver200,000

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Willie Nelson covered 'Songbird' on his own 2006 album Songbird, making it the second album to be named after the song. The album peaked at #87 on the Billboard 200.


John Frusciante covered 'Songbird' at several Red Hot Chili Peppers concerts during 2007.

Glee covered 'Songbird' in the episode 'Rumours', with Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera) performing the song.

New Zealand pop opera trio Sole Mio covered 'Songbird' on their 2013 self-titled debut album.


  1. ^'Ken Caillat Revisits Rumours'. 2012-06-06. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  2. ^'Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie Talk Duets Album'. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  3. ^ abBosso, Joe (February 7, 2012). 'Fleetwood Mac's classic album Rumours track-by-track: Songbird'. MusicRadar. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  4. ^ abRuntagh, Jordan (February 3, 2017). 'Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours': 10 Things You Didn't Know'. Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  5. ^'British single certifications – Fleetwood Mac – Songbird'. British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 17 May 2019.Select singles in the Format field.Select Silver in the Certification field.Type Songbird in the 'Search BPI Awards' field and then press Enter.
  6. ^The Official UK Albums Chart Top 75, August 25, 2001. Retrieved May 8, 2011.
  7. ^'British single certifications – Eva Cassidy – Songbird'. British Phonographic Industry.

External links[edit]

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
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Moving from Windows to Mac operating system was a tedious affair. It took me a couple of days to learn to operate the new iMac, and the whole data transferring process was not easy. In fact, I started streaming videos over VLC player to watch my favorite clips. Even the softwares I was using on Windows were unavailable on this Apple computer. This also includes the Philips Songbird player, which was my go-to media player on my Windows XP machine.

Songbird Macbook

On Mac, I no longer use Philips Songbird. The reason is simple: Philips had most of its customers on Windows, which is why there was no official Philips Songbird player for Macs.

Don’t worry, I figured a way out to get Songbird on our Macs. Yes, you can still download and run Philips Songbird on any Mac you want.

Download Songbird Media Player for Mac OS X

Back story: There are two versions of Songbird available. One is the Philips-branded Songbird player, which is not available for Macs. Other is the open source Songbird player, which is available for all kinds of devices — including smartphones, Windows, and Macs.

In 2010, in an effort to reach as many customers as possible, Philips joined hands with the open source Songbird. Fortunately, now anyone can download this open source Songbird player on their Mac.

Note: There is no need to enter email address to download Songbird. Simply clicking the “Free for Mac” button will begin downloading the .dmg file!

Running Songbird media player on Mac OS X.

After you have downloaded the DMG file from the website, install the program and run it as you’d normally do. If you are still struggling with the installation process, read our article on how to install Songbird on Mac OS. I attached a Philips GoGear Raga MP3 player to my Mac and used the open source Songbird to delete, add, and sync content. I can confirm that it works.

Fleetwood Mac Songbird For Wedding

Alternate solution: If you already have Windows installed on your Mac via Bootcamp, VMWare, or Virtualbox, then you can use the official Philips Songbird player.

Songbird Mac Fleetwood

Go ahead and download Philips songbird player for Windows. Run the installer to install songbird. Now you can attach the MP3/MP4 player (see the list of Songbird-compatible players) and continue syncing songs, videos, and other media content.

Songbird Mac Lyrics

Note: Do not install Windows OS only to use Songbird media player. It is a known fact that using Windows and Mac OS simultaneously will slow down your computer.