Tracy Chapman‘s “Fast Car” at No. 1 Following Luke Combs Grammys Duet
Just a day after the 2024 Grammy Awards, Tracy Chapman‘s “Fast Car” soared to No. 1 on the iTunes charts. On Sunday, Chapman performed the hit with Luke Combs, who had released a cover of the song in April 2023.
Tracy Chapman‘s Appearance at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards Helped Take “Fast Car” to the Top of the Charts
After the singer-songwriter, 59, took the stage with Luke Combs on Sunday night, her 1988 hit climbed to No. 1 on iTunes in less than 24 hours. The performance came after Combs, 33, shared that the song brought back fond childhood memories.
“It was my favorite song before I even knew what a favorite song was,” he said.
The duo performed a rendition of “Fast Car” while playing guitar in a rare appearance from Chapman, who last performed in 2020 and hasn’t toured since 2009. Notably, Chapman performed “Fast Car” solo at the 31st annual Grammy Awards in February 1989.
Luke Combs’ Cover of “Fast Car” Was a Fan-Favorite and Earned Nominations at the Grammy Awards
Combs released a cover of the track in April 2023, which quickly became a fan-favorite, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the country Music charts. His recording was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance of the song at Sunday night’s ceremony. Additionally, “Fast Car” won Single of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2023 Country Music Association Awards.
In December, Combs shared with PEOPLE that “Fast Car” reminded him of his father, Chester Combs.
“When I was 5 years old, my dad and I would be in his truck, and he would always play Music for me. He had a Tracy Chapman cassette tape, and ‘Fast Car‘ is one of the first songs I remember,” the North Carolina native told PEOPLE. “I’ve always been a huge fan of it and think of my dad and our time together when I hear it.”
“I always thought it was one of the best songs of all time, so I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised,” said Combs. “But there’s nothing like Tracy‘s version, so I thought it would just be a nice complement to the original but never really expected mine to take off quite the way it did.”
Tracy Chapman Acknowledged the Resurgence of “Fast Car” and Expressed Her Appreciation for the Renewed Interest
In July, Chapman acknowledged the song’s resurgence in popularity, expressing her happiness that people are still enjoying it over 30 years later.
“I never expected to find myself on the Country charts, but I’m honored to be there,” she told Billboard at the time. “I’m happy for Luke and his success and grateful that new fans have found and embraced ‘Fast Car.'”
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