Tracy Chapman – “Fast Car” – (1988)

Tracy Chapman had a major hit in the mid-1990s with “Give Me One Reason.” I’m having a hard time remembering if, when “Give Me One Reason” came out, if anyone remembered that she had a hit in the late 1980s with this song, which became a hit after she performed it live at Nelson Mandela’s 70th Birthday Tribute concert in London. After that it hit the top ten in a number of countries, including the U.K. and the U.S. This was the highest charting song written and performed by a female artist on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. And what’s with the decade confusion? Well, when I think Tracy Chapman, I think “Give Me One Reason” and have a hard time believing she had seven years between hit singles, like that was just the follow-up single to this or something. Wrong.