|Single by Tracy Chapman|
|from the album Tracy Chapman|
|Released||April 1, 1988|
|Genre||Folk, pop, adult contemporary|
|Length||4:56 (album version)
4:26 (single edit)
|Tracy Chapman singles chronology|
"Fast Car" is a song by American singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman. It was released in April 1988 as the lead single from her self-titled debut album. Her appearance on the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute was the catalyst for the song's becoming a top 10 hit in the United States, peaking at number 6 on the Hot 100, and a top 10 hit the United Kingdom, peaking at number 4 on the charts there.
Chart performance and certifications
Rolling Stone ranked the song number 167 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It is Chapman's only song on the list (and the highest ranking song both written and performed by a female performer). In April 2011 the track also hit the UK top ten at number 4 after Michael Collings performed it on Britain's Got Talent.
The single was certified Platinum in the United Kingdom by the BPI in 2014 based on digital downloads and streaming.
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||1|
|Germany (Media Control Charts)||81|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||21|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||1|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||5|
|US Billboard Hot 100||6|
|US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||7|
|US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks||19|
|United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)||93|
|United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)||57|
|United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)||4|
"The Boys in Green" by Republic of Ireland Soccer Squad
|Irish number one single
July 9, 1988 (1 week)
"Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You" by Glenn Medeiros
"I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That" by Elton John
|Canadian RPM Top Singles number-one single
September 3, 1988 (1 week)
"Perfect World" by Huey Lewis and the News
for "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"
|Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
for "Fast Car"
for "Nick of Time"
|This section needs additional citations for verification. (July 2013)|
The song has been covered many times including by The Flying Pickets, Hundred Reasons, Xiu Xiu, Vertical Horizon, Darwin's Waiting Room, Amazing Transparent Man, MYMP, The Wilkinsons, Mutya Buena, Kristian Leontiou, Wayne Wonder, David Usher, Linda Pritchard, Boyce Avenue (featuring Kina Grannis), Christian Kane, Mark Wilkinson, Elizabeth Gillies and Hitomi Yaida.
In 2010, Kelly Clarkson and Daughtry performed a duet of the song in concert. It was also sampled by the rap group Nice & Smooth in their hit song "Sometimes I Rhyme Slow", making it a hit within the hip-hop community as well. British rapper Example also samples the song in his "I Need a Fast Car", which appeared on his mixtape We Didn't Invent the Remix.
In 1991, British soul singer Gabrielle recorded a demo of her song "Dreams" that featured a sample of "Fast Car". When it was released commercially in 1993 the sample was removed because of legal issues, but the version with the sample was still being played in nightclubs and DJ sets. Los Angeles-based turntablist DJ Quixotic is known to perform a cover of "Fast Car" by manipulating a tone record on a turntable to imitate the notes of the opening guitar riffs.
The song was parodied as "I Write a Fast Song" in the In Living Color sketch "Making of a Tracy Chapman Song", in which Chapman (portrayed by Kim Wayans) writes a song by looking out her window and witnessing events such as an old man getting hit by a bus and a domestic dispute.
The song was featured in an episode of Jake and Amir, however the words are changed to "I got a fast Jake".
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- Canada peak
- "Chartverfulgong > Tracy Chapman > Fast Car – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
- Ireland: Search for Tracy Chapman peaks
- "Charts.org.nz – Tracy Chapman – Fast Car". Top 40 Singles.
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- "Swedishcharts.com – Tracy Chapman – Fast Car". Singles Top 60.
- UK peak
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- "Tracy Chapman Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
- "Danishcharts.com – Tracy Chapman – Fast Car". Tracklisten.
- ""Fast Car" (Swimming With Dolphins cover) on SoundCloud". SoundCloud. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
- Fast Car. YouTube. May 18, 2013.
- "Boyce Avenue", iTunes, May 18, 2013
- "Britain's Got Talent helps Fast Car speed into chart". BBC News. 2011-04-24.
- Blistein, Jon (September 4, 2014). "Sam Smith Offers Delicate Cover of Tracy Chapman's 'Fast Car'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 12, 2014.