Fast Car

Tracy Chapman

About Fast Car

"Fast Car" is a song written and recorded by American singer Tracy Chapman. It was released on April 6, 1988 as the lead single from her 1988 self-titled debut studio album. Her appearance on the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute was the catalyst for the song's becoming a top-ten hit in the United States, peaking at number six on the Billboard Hot 100. In the United Kingdom, it peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart. "Fast Car" received two Grammy nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, as well as a MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Female Video in 1989.  


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Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman (born March 30, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her singles "Fast Car", "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution", "Baby Can I Hold You", "Crossroads", "Give Me One Reason" and "Telling Stories". She is a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award-winning artist. more »

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"Fast Car" is sung by Tracy Chapman, an American singer-songwriter who made a name for herself with her self-titled debut album.
Chart Performance
The track 'Fast Car' was a Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 single, peaking at #6 in the charts.
Grammy Winner
Pertaining to Awards, "Fast Car" was nominated for the 1989 Grammy for Record of the Year, and Chapman won for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Album Success
The track has contributed significantly to the sale of Chapman's debut album which sold over six million copies in the USA alone.
"Fast Car" tells a gritty, realistic story of a working poor woman trying to escape the cycle of poverty.
Cover Versions
The popularity and impact of the song have resulted in numerous cover versions over the year, notably by artists like Sam Smith, Justin Bieber, and Boyce Avenue.
Rollings Stone Ranking
The song was ranked 167th on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Re-entered Charts
Following a performance on the UK TV show 'Britain's Got Talent' by Michael Collings in 2011, "Fast Car" re-entered the UK Singles chart at number 4.
Songwriter Hall of Fame
In Recognition, Tracy Chapman and her song "Fast Car" were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2020.
Popularity Over Time
Due to its timeless appeal, "Fast Car" remained one of Tracy Chapman's most popular and recognized songs throughout her career to date.
Social Commentary
The song has often been hailed as a powerful commentary on social issues pertaining to poverty and the difficulty in escaping such conditions.
Chart Success Globally
In terms of international reception, "Fast Car" achieved Top 10 positions in a number of countries including Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand.

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    Top Hot 100 Songs 1988

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