Christine McVie, the iconic singer, keyboardist, and songwriter of the rock band Fleetwood Mac, sadly died earlier this week. Amidst a sea of chaos among the members of Fleetwood Mac, McVie was often a steadying presence that helped the band afloat. Shortly before her death, McVie’s musical genius was brought to a new generation of listeners via an expected source: Chevy electric cars. Chevrolet uses McVie’s “Everywhere” as its theme song in its ‘EVs for Everyone’ commercials.
Christine McVie’s ‘Everywhere’ song in Chevrolet ‘EVs for Everyone’ commercials
McVie wrote and sang the lead vocals for the hit song in the Fleetwood Mac album Tango in the Night, released in 1987. While fellow bandmates Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham received more attention, McVie was one of Fleetwood Mac’s most successful songwriters. Half of the songs from the band’s Greatest Hits album were written by McVie. And one of her biggest hits is “Everywhere.” Now, a quarter-century after its release, “Everywhere” is the theme song for Chevy EVs.
“Everywhere” features a delightful bouquet of harmonies, along with a catchy guitar riff, combining both acoustic and electric guitars. The words of the positive song speak of the joy of love relationships, punctuated by the closing line in the chorus: “I want to be with you everywhere.”
Passengers in the ‘EVs for Everyone’ commercials sing along with ‘Everywhere’ song
It’s unknown how McVie felt about EVs. However, the passengers in the electric cars in the Chevrolet “EVs for Everyone” commercials seemingly love her song. It shows people in various Chevrolet electric vehicles singing along with “Everywhere.” This includes the Silverado EV pickup truck, Blazer EV crossover SUV, Bolt EV subcompact car, Bolt EUV crossover SUV, and Equinox EV crossover SUV.
The song starts when a woman with extremely long fingernails cues it up in the audio system. Here are the lyrics in the commercial:
Can you hear me calling
Out your name?
You know that I’m falling
And I don’t know what to say
I’ll speak a little louder
I’ll even shout
You know that I’m proud
And I can’t get the words out
I wanna be with you everywhere
I wanna be with you everywhere
The “Oh I … I want to be with you everywhere” lyrics are the part of the song in which the passengers sing along. Perhaps these passengers want to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits of singing in a car, as we detailed in an earlier article.
Not only do the people in the commercials sing the song, but they also really get into it. They are snapping their fingers and tapping their feet. Plus, at one point, a passenger in the back seat wigs out with some dance moves. Additionally, there’s a dude driving a Silverado EV, and his “pickup truck bros” chide him after hearing him singing “Oh I” — as he hits the extended high note of the song.
Chevy commercial pushed the song to the top of iTunes
In the past, many celebrity musicians frowned upon using their songs for commercial purposes — not wanting to be “sell-outs.” However, in recent years, that attitude has somewhat changed. This is especially the case as classic recordings in commercials result in bringing music to a new generation of listeners.
As detailed by Showbiz 411, following the release of the Chevrolet “EVs for Everyone” commercials a couple of months ago, “Everywhere” jumped to number three on iTunes. Also, Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits album rose to number 11.
McVie likely didn’t have any control over the usage of “Everywhere” in the commercials. Last year, she sold the rights to her catalog to Hipgnosis Music.
One can debate the usage of beloved songs in commercials. However, it’s undeniable that more people are listening to McVie and Fleetwood Mac’s music as a result of Chevy’s electric car commercials. In the wake of her death, it’s nice that new listeners are discovering McVie’s music, along with renewed appreciation from longtime fans.