Watch Stevie Nicks’ Amazing Duets With “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”
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Stevie Nicks had always wanted to collaborate on a duet with Tom Petty, and her ambition was finally achieved when they recorded “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”
Although Petty had planned “Insider” for Nicks, he later changed his mind and kept it for himself. Despite this, Nicks provided vocals to both songs, with “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” serving as the lead single from her debut solo album.
Nicks has sung the timeless classic with various duet partners besides Petty, including Billy Joel and Chrissie Hynde. Here are 10 memorable renditions of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” that demonstrate the song’s evolution over time:
2006: Stevie Nicks With Tom Petty
Nicks had occasionally appeared with the Heartbreakers, but in 2006 she joined them for a long series of shows during their 30th-anniversary tour. One of these shows, which took place in Gainesville, Florida, was filmed and later included in the 2008 documentary “Runnin’ Down a Dream.”
A few months before Petty’s untimely death, Nicks and Petty had the opportunity to sing “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” together once again, this time in London.
2001: Stevie Nicks With Sheryl Crow
Nicks and Crow have held a high level of admiration for each other for a significant period. Speculations have circulated for an extended time that Crow might join Fleetwood Mac to replace Christine McVie, who left in the early 2000s.
During an interview in 2017 with Howard Stern, Crow disclosed that the necessary conditions did not materialize, leading to the deal not going through. In 2001, Crow collaborated with Nicks in producing Trouble in Shangri-La. Before the album’s release, Nicks and Crow shared the stage with Crow at New York’s Shine Club, where they performed several songs, including “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”
2013: Stevie Nicks With Foo Fighters
Nicks collaborated with the Foo Fighters to create the song “You Can’t Fix This,” which was recorded for the movie and soundtrack of Dave Grohl’s Sound City. Working with one of her favorite bands was a delightful experience for her. Grohl then formed the Sound City Players and organized a series of concerts to commemorate the film’s release, inviting special guests such as Nicks.
She typically concluded the evening with a short set that began with “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” featuring Grohl as a co-vocalist. During a 2015 performance, they brought Haim to participate in the festivities.
2014: Stevie Nicks With Jimmy Fallon
When Linda Ronstadt was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, a group of well-known musicians who were her bandmates worked together to pay tribute to her. They included Nicks.
Before the ceremony, Jimmy Fallon and Nicks spoke on the Tonight Show. Fallon is well-known for his musical parodies. Together, they decided to amuse themselves by performing “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” with Fallon’s vocals imitating Petty’s.
2016: Stevie Nicks With Chrissie Hynde
In 2016, the release of 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault made Nicks feel introspective as she embarked on a tour with the Pretenders. During the shows, Nicks shared stories about many of the songs they performed, making the concerts particularly meaningful.
One night, while singing the first verse of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” Chrissie Hynde surprised Nicks by coming on stage, paying homage to Petty, and joining Nicks in a lively performance where they traded vocal lines, resulting in an energetic and unforgettable show.
2019: Stevie Nicks With Harry Styles
Nicks achieved another significant achievement by being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. She made history as the first woman to receive the award twice, with her previous recognition being in 1998 as part of Fleetwood Mac.
Harry Styles delivered a speech praising her timeless appeal during her induction ceremony, calling her “forever current” and “forever Stevie.” It was fitting for Styles and Nicks to collaborate on one of her beloved songs. Although Styles was filling in for Petty, he also embodied some of Lindsey Buckingham’s charm, showcasing his rock ‘n’ roll persona with an open shirt and a proud sneer.
2019: Stevie Nicks With Keith Urban
Urban told his audience that the call was one of the nicest he’s ever had during the 2019 New Year’s Eve celebration in Nashville. At the next performance, a woman he introduced as “Stevie,” he immediately consented to play with. They performed in front of approximately 200,000 spectators, playing three songs altogether.
Fireworks and 100 pounds of confetti were set off in conjunction with their performance of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” to make for an amazing conclusion to the evening. Interestingly, they didn’t demand the presence of a “Nicks” person.
2022: Stevie Nicks With Eddie Vedder
It was completely logical that Vedder and Nicks, two of the biggest admirers of Petty, joined forces to perform “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” during Nicks’ performance at the Ohana Festival in Hawaii in 2022. Vedder, who was scheduled to perform his solo set the following night, showed up in a nonchalant manner.
Their performance was carefree and full of playful spontaneity, perfectly suited for the relaxed setting. At the end of their duet, Nicks acknowledged Vedder’s surprise appearance by saying, “That was sneaky Mr. Eddie Vedder,” as the two performers bowed to each other.
2023: Stevie Nicks With Billy Joel
Joel revealed that he encountered Nicks backstage at a Fleetwood Mac concert roughly ten years before they eventually co-headlined a series of shows. Although it differed from his Face to Face tours with Elton John, during which they played several songs together, Joel and Nicks still found a way to collaborate.
On the first night of the concert in Los Angeles, Joel briefly appeared on “Stop Draggin’, My Heart Around,” and Nicks joined in on “And So It Goes,” a relatively obscure track from Joel’s 1990 album Storm Front.