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Stevie Nicks - Edge of Seventeen (1982)

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"Edge of Seventeen" is a song by American singer and songwriter Stevie Nicks from her debut solo studio album Bella Donna ...

"Edge of Seventeen" is a song by American singer and songwriter Stevie Nicks from her debut solo studio album Bella Donna (1981), released as the third single from the album on February 4, 1982. The lyric was written by Nicks to express the grief resulting from the death of her uncle Jonathan and the murder of John Lennon during the same week of December 1980. The song features a distinctive, chugging 16th-note guitar riff and a simple chord structure typical of Nicks' songs. The song's title for the single release was "Edge of Seventeen (Just Like the White Winged Dove)". In the United States, "Edge of Seventeen" just missed out on the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 11. Despite this, it became one of Nicks' most enduring and recognizable songs and has been covered by several artists.

Chart performance

"Edge of Seventeen" peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in April 1982. The live version on the B-side reached number 26 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart. The original album version had previously made the top five of Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart in 1981, peaking at number four. "Edge of Seventeen" also peaked at number 11 on the RPM Top 100 Singles chart in Canada.

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