Watch Sam Smith Cover Tracy Chapman’s ‘Fast Car’
While hanging out at BBC's Live Lounge, the always soulful Sam Smith performed a beautiful and slowed-down cover of Tracy Chapman's '1987's folk-pop hit, Fast Car.' Complete with cello and piano, Smith gave the classic song a winsome and modern treatment. See his rendition in the video above.
'Fast Car' peaked at No. 6 on Billboard's Top 100 and even nabbed the top spot on the charts in Ireland and Canada. Rolling Stone ranked the song at No. 167 in their epic list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. So, needless to say, it's a tune that doesn't necessarily need a cover (even though it has seen its fair share over the years).
That being said, Smith did his absolute best to pay respect to the original version while still putting his signature spin on it, and after listening to it a few times, he simply nailed it. With his exquisite voice and ability to croon with the best of 'em, we get the feeling Smith can cover just about any song he wants.
To compare his version with Chapman's, watch her perform the song solo in 1989 below: