I love this.
Luke Combs is officially sending his kickass “Fast Car” cover to U.S. Pop Top 40 and Hot AC Radio as an official single from Gettin’ Old.
It’s easily one of my favorite tracks on his recently-released fourth studio album, and I was really hoping he’d send it to country radio too after he let fans decide last week, though “Love You Anyway” ultimately won out (and “Fast Car” wasn’t an option).
I wouldn’t be surprised if that does end up happening sometime later this year now, though:
Luke first sang Tracy Chapman’s hit back in 2018 in a low-quality acoustic preview from his hotel room, and fans had basically been begging for a studio version ever since, and he finally delivered last month.
Originally written and recorded by Tracy Chapman, the song was released in 1988 as the lead single from her 1988 self-titled debut studio album. The Grammy-winning song has been regarded as one of the greatest songs of all time by a number of different publications.
It’s true to the original arrangement, his vocals of course sound great, and who wouldn’t wanna hear that on the radio (the caveat here being that you actually still listen to the radio, but I digress…).
Suffice all that to say, I don’t think I’m alone in my love for his cover, which is absolutely crushing it on streaming platforms, more than any other song on the record, actually:
And it’s crushing across all streaming platforms, specifically on both Apple and Spotify, and all genres, too:
Luke’s next single at country radio is “Love You Anyway,” but after that one likely (and inevitably) peaks at the top of the charts, I wouldn’t be all that surprised to see them finally send “Fast Car” to country radio.
Who knows, if it translates and does as well on the pop radio platform as it has on streaming, it could end up being the biggest hit of Luke’s career.
“Love You Anyway”