167. Tracy Chapman, 'Fast Car'
Producer: David Kershenbaum
Released: April '88, Elektra
21 weeks; No. 6
Tracy Chapman was a hardened veteran of Boston coffeehouse gigs (she once got a demo-tape rejection letter suggesting she tune her guitar) when a classmate at Tufts University told his music-publisher dad to check her out. Soon after, she made her 1988 debut, featuring this haunting rumination on escape. "Fast Car" won a Grammy, setting Chapman's career in motion.
Appears on: Tracy Chapman (Elektra)