The queen of protest pop, Tracy Chapman’s endearing yet audacious approach to her music has resulted in an influential body of work that spans three decades and eight albums. The best Tracy Chapman songs have brought influential explorations of change, love and political oppression into the mainstream. These ten tracks offer a place to start with that formidable legacy.
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10: Telling Stories (from ‘Telling Stories’, 2000)
Entering the new millennium on a high, Chapman’s fifth album, Telling Stories, found her breaking an almost five-year silence. Highlighting Chapman’s inspirationally poetic way with lyrics (“There is fiction in the space between/You and everybody/Give us all what we need/Give us one more sad, sordid story/But in the fiction of the space between/Sometimes a lie is the best thing”), the album’s title track is a feel-good classic whose infectious musicality and effortless virtue can’t fail to make you move.