Tracy Chapman

Elektra Records/ATG
Release date
13 Sep 2005
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Talkin' Bout a Revolution 2:39 173,306
2 Fast Car 4:56 433,502
3 Across the Lines 3:24 91,144
4 Behind the Wall 1:49 78,617
5 Baby Can I Hold You 3:14 224,233
6 Mountains O' Things 4:39 62,528
7 She's Got Her Ticket 3:56 92,441
8 Why? 2:06 57,852
9 For My Lover 3:12 100,187
10 If Not Now... 3:01 53,923
11 For You 3:37 64,241

About this album

Tracy Chapman is the self-titled debut album by singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman, released in 1988. It hit #1 on both the US & UK album charts.

The album was critically acclaimed and helped to launch the 1990s female singer-songwriter movement, which included artists like Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan. The first single “Fast Car” peaked at #5 in the US and #6 in the UK. The second single “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution” reached #75, but received much airplay and also charted in the Adult Contemporary and Modern Rock charts amongst others. “Baby Can I Hold You”, the third single, only reached #48 - however, the song was a #2 hit for Boyzone in 1997.

Tracy Chapman was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album and “Fast Car” gained Chapman an award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 31st Grammy Awards in early 1989.

In 1989, the album was rated number 10 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Albums of the 80’s.” In 2003, the album was ranked number 261 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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