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For other uses, see Fast Car (Namie Amuro song) and Fast Car (magazine). This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding reliable references. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (June 2009) "Fast Car" Single by Tracy Chapman from the album Tracy Chapman B-side "For You" Released April 1988[1] Format 7", 12" Recorded 1987 Genre Folk-rock Length 4:56 Label Elektra Records Writer(s) Tracy Chapman Producer David Kershenbaum Tracy Chapman singles chronology - "Fast Car" (1988) "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution" (1988) Music sample "Fast Car" "Fast Car" is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman. It was released as a single in April 1988 from her self-titled 1988 debut album Tracy Chapman. Her appearance on the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute was the catalyst for the song becoming a top 10 hit in the US, peaking at number 6 on the Hot 100, and a top 10 hit the UK, peaking at number 5 on the UK chart. The song was nominated for several Grammies including the Grammy for "Song of the Year" and "Record of the Year". The song won a Grammy for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" setting Chapman's career in motion.[1] In 2010 the song re-entered the UK Singles Chart due to digital downloads of the song. Chart performance Rolling Stone ranked the song number 167 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[2] It is Chapman's only song on the list (and the highest ranking song both written and performed by a female performer). Chart (1988) Peak position Canadian RPM Top Singles 1 Irish Singles Chart 1 Dutch Mega Single Top 100[3] 2 Swedish Singles Chart 9 UK Singles Chart 5 United States Billboard Hot 100[1][4] 6 Singapore Get Ready! Top 20 2 Chart (2010) Peak position UK Singles Chart 57 Cover versions The song has been covered many times by bands such as Boyce Avenue (ft. Kina Grannis), R.E.M., The Flying Pickets, Swimming With Dolphins, Hundred Reasons, Xiu Xiu, Vertical Horizon, Even Nine, Darwin's Waiting Room, Jesse James, The Love Project, Amazing Transparent Man, Matchbox Twenty, MYMP, The Wilkinsons and by solo singers Mutya Buena, Kristian Leontiou, Wayne Wonder, David Usher, Linda Pritchard, Christian Kane 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 song "I Need a Fast Car" which appeared on his mixtape We Didn't Invent the Remix. Irish rapper, Redzer, used the songs chorus and backing track in his song Be Someone from the highly acclaimed Dublife album. In 1991, British soul singer Gabrielle recorded a demo of her song "Dreams" which featured a sample of "Fast Car". When it was released commercially in 1993 the sample of "Fast Car" 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 this song by manipulating a tone record on a turntable to imitate the notes of the opening guitar riffs. The song was also parodied as "I Write a Fast Song" on 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 like 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...'. Preceded by "I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That" by Elton John Canadian RPM Top Singles number-one single September 3, 1988 Succeeded by "Perfect World" by Huey Lewis and the News Awards Preceded by Whitney Houston for "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance 1989 for "Fast Car" Succeeded by Bonnie Raitt for "Nick of Time" References ^ a b c "Fast Car: Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. 2004-12-09. Retrieved 2010-01-15.  ^ "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. 2004-12-09. Retrieved 2010-01-15.  ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 27, 1988". Retrieved 2008-03-19.  ^ "Tracy Chapman Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-01-15.