Songs like Landslide that are not Landslide
August 18, 2020 11:04 AM   Subscribe

I am looking for songs that are like Landslide by Fleetwood Mac but which are not Landslide. Lyrical, pretty, I guess? I do not like Landslide or this type of music at all, but my bestie does, and I would like to play lots of music that he likes for him. Can you help?
posted by Rock 'em Sock 'em to Media & Arts (35 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
Into the Mystic - Van Morrison
America - Simon and Garfunkel
Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul McCartney
Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot
Horse with No Name - America
posted by grateful at 11:28 AM on August 18, 2020 [4 favorites]

Joni Mitchell was the queen of this, especially early stuff before she got more jazzy. A Case of You or The Circle Game era? I also adore the lyricality of Hejira and The Hissing of Summer Lawns, though those have sharper edges than Landslide.

Guy Clarke isn't as pretty production wise but his lyrics are GOLD. Phoebe Snow?
posted by theweasel at 11:28 AM on August 18, 2020 [5 favorites]

Winter (Tori Amos)
The Queen and the Soldier (Suzanne Vega)
Name (Goo Goo Dolls)

Source: one of my Winamp playlists ca. 2004
posted by esker at 11:29 AM on August 18, 2020 [2 favorites]

Piazza, New York Catcher by Belle and Sebastian. A lot of their music probably fits the bill but the acoustic-ness of this song seems to fit.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 11:31 AM on August 18, 2020 [4 favorites]

Joni Mitchell -- "River," Judy Collins -- "Chelsea Morning," Hannah Marcus -- "Demerol"

Julien Baker? Try "Something" from Sprained Ankle or "Appointments" from Turn Out the Lights to see if it's the right vibe.
posted by ferret branca at 11:31 AM on August 18, 2020 [1 favorite]

Daniel by Elton John
posted by hydra77 at 11:32 AM on August 18, 2020

Skyway - The Replacements
posted by JoeZydeco at 11:39 AM on August 18, 2020 [3 favorites]

Trey Anastasio - Sunset Days
Phish - Secret Smile
posted by bondcliff at 11:39 AM on August 18, 2020

Closer to Fine and a good amount of the Indigo Girls stuff in general.
posted by phoenixy at 11:45 AM on August 18, 2020 [2 favorites]

When I think about it, my answer depends on whether being like Landslide means a melancholy song with a pretty picked acoustic guitar part, or whether it needs to specifically feature a voice like Stevie Nicks'. If it's the guitar playing and the wistfulness, José Gonzales might work.
posted by umbú at 11:47 AM on August 18, 2020 [2 favorites]

Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
It's a Shame (and many others) - First Aid Kit
Most Simon and Garfunkel
Only Love Can Break Your Heart - Neil Young
I and Love and You - the Avett Brothers
Come Away with Me - Norah Jones entire Spotify? hah
posted by wellred at 11:48 AM on August 18, 2020 [5 favorites]

Bob Welch Sentimental Lady
posted by wittgenstein at 11:49 AM on August 18, 2020

Kate Bush - "The Man With the Child in His Eyes"
Judy Collins - "Albatross," "Houses," "Since You Asked"
Fiona Apple - "Never is a Promise"
Ani DiFranco - "Falling is Like This"
Leonard Cohen - "Suzanne," "In My Secret Life"
Indigo Girls - "Ghost," "Romeo and Juliet"
Joan Baez - "Diamonds and Rust"
Nico - "I'll Keep It With Mine"
PJ Harvey - "We Float"
Nick Drake - "Parasite," "Time Has Told Me"
Patti Griffin - "Useless Desires," "Mother of God"
Regina Spektor - "Samson"
Tom Waits - "Alice"
Rasputina - "The Pruning"
Dar Williams - "O Canada Girls," "Iowa"
posted by toastedcheese at 11:52 AM on August 18, 2020 [5 favorites]

Angry Anymore by Ani Difranco is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.
posted by ftm at 11:56 AM on August 18, 2020 [2 favorites]

I don’t know why, but “You Said Something” by PJ Harvey keeps popping up in my head.
posted by kevinbelt at 12:06 PM on August 18, 2020

2nding Belle and Sebeastian, especially lots of tracks off of Tigermilk; the further you go in their catalog, the poppier they get (which isn't a bad thing, just not the same vibe).

Daughter has quite a few songs that I'd put next to Landslide on a mix. They're a little more shoegazey, but some tracks are right there. "Get lucky" daft punk cover, Doing the right thing, Smother, and Numbers would all probably fit the bill.
posted by furnace.heart at 12:09 PM on August 18, 2020

Joni Mitchell -- For The Roses
posted by Rash at 12:26 PM on August 18, 2020

Whole Albums or Cross-Catalogs:
Indigo Girls, particularly the early stuff up through Swamp Ophelia.
Taylor Swift, folklore
Regina Spektor - Soviet Kitsch
Neko Case - particularly Blacklisted through Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
Rilo Kiley - The Execution of All Things
I'm quite sure I have more singular suggestions, but I'll have to come back to it after work.
posted by ApathyGirl at 12:36 PM on August 18, 2020 [3 favorites]

You may already be aware of this, but if you go on Pandora you can ask it to create a radio station based on the song and it will look for others that are similar. You can thumbs-up or thumbs-down the songs it chooses to give it a better idea of the type of songs you want.
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 12:48 PM on August 18, 2020 [3 favorites]

Some suggestions to add to your list:

"Sara" and "Silver Spring" by Fleetwood Mac

"You Were Meant for Me" and "Foolish Games" by Jewel (probably more of her songs as well)
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 12:51 PM on August 18, 2020

Someone mentioned Julien Baker above, but you might also look at Phoebe Bridgers (this song is sad, ps) and Lucy Dacus (individually), and then together as boygenius

Speaking of supergroups: Case/Lang/Viers might scratch the itch

Laura Marling

Aimee Mann

And hey, it may be too poppy, but, Kacey Musgraves?
posted by thivaia at 12:51 PM on August 18, 2020 [3 favorites]

Speaking of Super Groups: Can't Find My Way Home by Blind Faith
posted by Rash at 1:04 PM on August 18, 2020 [3 favorites]

^Steve Winwood plays an acoustic version of Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home"
Alison Krauss covering "Can't Find My Way Home"
Bonnie Raitt covering Can't Find My Way Home
(Linda Ronstadt has a terrific, desolated version of the Eagles' Desperado, possibly from her 1977 Atlanta concert, but I can't find it now. Studio version's a little busy.)
Julie London version of Cry Me A River
Roberta Flack covering Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

posted by Iris Gambol at 4:03 PM on August 18, 2020 [2 favorites]

Well, the first thing I thought of was "Choir, Choir, Choir does Landslide". But yeah, I know, it's supposed to not be Landslide, but Choir, Choir, Choir does other stuff of that genre. Like "Here Comes the Sun", Zombie or "Africa".

But in case Choir is not in the running, playlists I created which also have "Landslide" in them have "Lucky Man", "Something in the Way She Moves", "Endless Summer Nights", "Kiss from a Rose"(Seal), "Old Man", "Right Here Waiting for You", "Sailing" (Christopher Cross), "Walking in Memphis" (Marc Cohn), "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (I especially like the Piano Tribute Players version for the irony of it).

On the purely instrumental side: "One Quiet Night" (Jim Stubblefield), and Howard Shore's "Many Meetings" and "Concerning Hobbits".

posted by forthright at 4:36 PM on August 18, 2020

Fleetwood Mac fits into the genre known as Yacht Rock and there are some playlists of that style on Spotify and the like. However, that probably encompasses their more AM-friendly high-gloss production poppy stuff and less Stevie's heartwrenching Landslide (I'm a Christine McVie fan myself and prefer FM's poppier side).

One older song that I think scratches these itches that isn't listed above is George Harrison's My Sweet Lord. I think Van Morrison's Into the Mystic is a great recommendation and would add

Modern, in addition to a lot of the awesome recommendations above, try:

Whitney - Before I Know It
Tennis - Need Your Love or In The Morning I'll Be Better
Caroline Polachek - So Hot You're Hurting My Feelings
Aldous Harding - The Barrel
Kishi Bashi - Penny Rabbit and Summer Bear
Camera Obscura - Razzle Dazzle Rose or Desire Lines
Maggie Rogers - Light On
posted by urbanlenny at 6:47 PM on August 18, 2020

Um, oops, I mean to finish my sentence about Van Morrison but got distracted by listening to Van Morrison. I would add something from his (fantastic) Astral Weeks album, like Cypress Avenue or Madame George (both are quite long songs).
posted by urbanlenny at 6:58 PM on August 18, 2020

Another non ELP "Lucky Man" to add to the list.
posted by domino at 7:27 AM on August 19, 2020

To clarify - a totally different Lucky Man song.
posted by domino at 7:29 AM on August 19, 2020

What about John Denver - the high sustained vocal notes of Landslide remind me of Annie's Song.

You are truly doing a great service to your bestie if you unleash the John Denver/Fleetwood Mac floodgates and he enjoys and appreciates it. Be sure to take appropriate self care steps. Maybe google the Monty Python bit "John Denver Being Strangled" for some relief.
posted by sol at 7:32 AM on August 19, 2020

I think some Natalie Merchant fits well alongside these, for example, San Andreas Fault.
posted by Rumple at 12:47 PM on August 19, 2020 [1 favorite]

I love the vibe of this thread, so I made a Spotify playlist of it!
posted by nosila at 2:12 PM on August 19, 2020 [9 favorites]

World Before Columbus - Suzanne Vega
She Cries Your Name - Beth Orton
Polaroid Millenium - Superior
Either of the Finn Brothers on their solo albums (I’m especially thinking of Tim Finn’s How’m I Going to Sleep and Neil’s Try Whistling This and Faster Than Light )
posted by kitten kaboodle at 5:54 AM on August 20, 2020

Factory Girl by Rhiannon Giddens.
posted by jamjam at 12:19 AM on August 21, 2020

John Barleycorn Must Die, by Traffic.
posted by The corpse in the library at 11:45 AM on August 24, 2020

> Taylor Swift, folklore

Specifically the lakes.
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:38 PM on August 27, 2020

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