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Tracy Chapman Makes History With Her Hit Song 'Fast Car'

Tracy Chapman Makes History With Her Hit Song 'Fast Car'

07/06/2023 12:00 AM EDT by Krista B.

Singer Tracy Chapman will make history thanks to her hit song “Fast Car.”

According to reports, the 1988 hit resurfaced when country music star Luke Combs remade the song. The new version of the song is quickly climbing the charts and is expected to reach the Number 1 spot.

Due to the fast climb, Chapman will become the first Black woman to have a number-one hit country song as a sole writer. Songwriter Tayla Parx, who has co-writing credits and a #1 song for Dan+Shay’s “Glad You Exist,” gave Chapman her flowers about her history-making moment.

“Any song that sounds good on guitar, it can more than likely be a country song. With a great song, you can take it and make it sound like seven different genres, so that says a lot about what type of song ‘Fast Car’ is: it can be a pop song, a country song, it can be whatever because it’s just a great song.”

Luke Combs released his version of “Fast Car” on his album, Gettin’ Old, and said that he chose to record the song after he played a clip of him singing the song on Instagram during the pandemic. “The guitar part on that song is super iconic, and everyone knows the song as soon as you start playing it,” he said. “They know it, and they sing along. It’s like ‘Free Bird’ or ‘Jolene.’”

Congratulations to Tracy Chapman.