Best Tracy Chapman Songs

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Fast Car
One of the best songs in the last 50 years of mainstream American music. I believe that this song expresses the longing that each person has--the longing the belong, and the feeling that we can be someone. A masterpiece.

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2The Promise
An old friend of mine said that this song was a love song from someone who isn't sure that the one she loves loves her back. I think that's right. That accounts for the sad tinge to this love song. The strings are beautiful. The whole song is beautiful. "Say you'll hold a place for me in your heart. "

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For me, this is about two people who have been very in love but their lives are taking them in different ways and they make the promise to find their ways back to each other in the end. Really beautiful, moving, and overall heartbreaking.
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3For You
I love Tracy Chapman's love songs. This one is one of her best. So simple and heartfelt.

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4Give Me One Reason
Lots of people would put this song higher, because it has such a great beat and was so popular. The theme is great, too--it's an ultimatum. What an empowering song. Give me a reason to stick around. I've done what I can to make things work, and now the ball is in your court. But if you don't make things right, I will walk.

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I love this song.
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5Smoke and Ashes
This is a unique Tracy song. It has one of the widest vocal ranges of any of her songs, and it's also quite long. Like many of Tracy's songs, it is ambiguous. On the one hand, the narrator spends most of the song detailing what was wrong with the relationship that has become "smoke and ashes, baby. " But at the end, the narrator longingly exclaims, "Baby! " over and over again, as if to say that she wants her ex back in spite of it all--or at least misses her ex dearly.

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6I'm Ready
Tracy has said that this song was written in regard to the death of her beloved grandfather. It is written from the perspective of someone who has lived a long life and is ready to move to the next, with confidence that heaven will be better than Earth.

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7A Hundred Years
This one is from the point of view of a lover who is desperate for her beloved to come back to her, regardless of the lover's transgressions. "I've been so lonely/These few days feel like a hundred years. "

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8Bang Bang Bang
Powerful song. What if our society were transformed by the power of love?

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9Dreaming On a World
Upbeat and uplifting.

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10Baby Can I Hold You
One of the best song of tracy that I always listen to it while it is in repeat button, always... <3 it.
Simply one of the best ever
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The Contenders

11Sing for You
I am not quite sure what this song is about, but it's very pretty.

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12Change
This is one of my favorite Tracy songs. It seems simple, but to me it's philosophical. I think this song questions the powers of truth and ignorance. Will knowing the truth and finding wisdom really help us change all those ugly parts of human nature? Can the knowledge of the difference between right and wrong be enough to make us choose right? Tracy doesn't answer this question, but this song is emotional and it has a simple beauty that's hard to forget. I would definitely place this song in my top 7 songs by Tracy!
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13Talkin' Bout a Revolution Listen to sample

14For My Lover Listen to sample

15Crossroads
It's a beautiful song. The rhythm always touches me deep. the lyrics are beautiful. it's about facing one's fears and making the right decisions.
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