Best Tracy Chapman Songs


The Top Ten

1 Fast Car

Not so good as expected, but is ok! - BloDayBey

Fast car is a great song I love it I even asked school can it be our gymnastic festival song

The simplicity of beauty and a voice alone

Many people thought that she was going to be a one hit wonder after this song. Well, some artists would've rested on their laurels with this one...made a career off of it. Understandably so. It's that good.

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2 The 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. " - JoeSchmoe

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.

She kills it with this song...

This is the one your heart and soul think about...

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3 For You

The most beautiful and heartfelt song! Love it!

I love Tracy Chapman's love songs. This one is one of her best. So simple and heartfelt. - JoeSchmoe


4 Give 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. - JoeSchmoe

Great song. Fantastic voice and presence. My favorite.

I love that song the minute I heard it

Just love the rhythm and the Lyrics of this song

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5 Smoke 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. - JoeSchmoe

Simply beautiful

6 I'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. - JoeSchmoe

7 A 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. " - JoeSchmoe

8 Baby Can I Hold You

Touches all my emotions

I heard this song for the first time on the street by a street artist in Porto, Portugal and fell in love with it

Such a deep and emotional song that touches the heart of true love only seen in ones eyes...

Simply one of the best ever

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9 Bang Bang Bang

Powerful song. What if our society were transformed by the power of love? - JoeSchmoe

10 Dreaming On a World

The Contenders

11 Talkin' Bout a Revolution

To me by far the best song


Great song. tells the story with heart.

12 Sing for You

I am not quite sure what this song is about, but it's very pretty. - JoeSchmoe

13 For My Lover
14 Crossroads

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.

15 Change

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!

16 Across the Lines

Just love this song... But all her songs are great

17 Unsung Psalm
18 Matters of the Heart
19 3000 Miles

This is only second to fast cars - Silindo

20 So
21 Telling Stories

Why did I have to ADD this? My favorite Tracy song; used to be my #1 favorite songs until Taylor Swift's "Innocent" overtook it. Just love that soft rock sound. Beautiful organ too! - Katanaceilingfan

22 Be and Be Not Afraid


23 The Rape of the World

Amazing song.

24 Why?
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