Tracy Chapman Songs Ranked

Tracy Chapman (born March 30, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, known for her hits “Fast Car” and “Give Me One Reason”, along with other singles “Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution”, “Baby Can I Hold You”, “Crossroads”, “New Beginning”, and “Telling Stories”. She is a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award-winning artist. Chapman has experienced further success with six more studio albums, which include her multi-platinum fourth album New Beginning, for which she won a fourth Grammy Award, for Best Rock Song, for its lead single “Give Me One Reason”. Chapman’s most recent album is Our Bright Future, released in 2008. Here are all of Tracy Chapman songs ranked.

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20. So (Matters of the Heart, 1992)

“This song is not only the best song of Tracy Chapman but also the best song in the world! It is just fantastic and makes Tracy Chapman a legend.”

19. 3000 Miles (Where You Live, 2005)

“This song will make you cry, it is so beautiful. One of the best songs ever in my opinion. Also the video is a masterpiece.”

18. Matters of the Heart (Matters of the Heart, 1992)

“This song is addictive. I don’t expect this much from this song but it is the best song from Tracy. Such a beautiful song”

17. Unsung Psalm (Telling Stories, 2000)

“Amazing song! Beautiful song! And her voice is so captivating. It is enough to get you through a lonely night…! She sings like a siren, amazingly captivating”

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16. Across the Lines (Tracy Chapman, 1988)

“I love this song. her voice is so beautiful. when I start the song, I just repeat it for many times. Just so beautiful, and words cannot describe it.”

15. Change (Where You Live, 2005)

“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?”

14. Crossroads (Crossroads, 1989)

“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.”

13. For My Lover (Tracy Chapman, 1988)

“This is definitely her greatest song of all, so powerful and inspirational! The song is just outstanding, the music video makes you want love.”

12. Sing for You (Our Bright Future, 2008)

“This is my favorite song ever! I’ve never heard a better song in my opinion. I love the meaning and how Tracy wrote the lyrics from her heart. I can honestly say this song never fails to give me the chills. It’s so calming, and the lyrics are beautifully written.”

11. Talkin’ Bout a Revolution (Tracy Chapman, 1988)

“Pretty great poppy acoustic guitar solo. The song has some fine lyrics and a really catchy hook. Really joyful despite the somewhat dark lyrics. The song builds up through its course and though simple it is great fun to listen to.”

10. Dreaming On a World (Matters of the Heart, 1992)

“Empathy, fine musicianship, and social conscience combine to create a quality recording here.  Wonderful to see feminism, environmentalism, and anti-violence sentiments incorporated on a single album”

9. Bang Bang Bang (Matters of the Heart, 1992)

“Powerful song. What if our society were transformed by the power of love? Tracy is just such an awesome singer, she has helped me through so many depressing days. She sings it like it is.”

8. Baby Can I Hold You (Tracy Chapman, 1988)

“Such a deep and emotional song that touches the heart of true love only seen in ones eyes. One of the best song of tracy that I always listen to it while it is in repeat button, always”

7. A Hundred Years (Crossroads, 1989)

“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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6. I’m Ready (New Beginning, 1995)

“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.”

5. Smoke and Ashes (New Beginning, 1995)

“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.”

4. Give Me One Reason (A Very Special Christmas Live From Washington D.C., 1999)

“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.”

3. For You ( Legendary FM Broadcasts , 2017)

“I love Tracy Chapman’s love songs. This one is one of her best. So simple and heartfelt. Just love the rhythm and the lyrics of this song.”

2. The Promise (New Beginning, 1995)

“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.”

1. Fast Car (Tracy Chapman, 1988)

“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.”