Tom Petty Top 20 Tracks

Today would have been Tom Petty’s 67th birthday. I hate having to write it that way.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers were one of the big ones. They (along with The Beatles and Pink Floyd) introduced me to rock. They helped formed my taste, showed me what I liked in music, why I liked it. My formative years were spent admiring and loving Petty, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, Howie Epstein and Stan Lynch.

So, after 20+ years of being a fan, here are my Top 20 Tom Petty (solo and with The Heartbreakers) tracks.


20.

Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough)

Let Me Up

from Let Met Up (I’ve Had Enough), 1987

 

19.

Straight into Darkness

Long After Dark

from Long After Dark, 1982 and Playback: Disc 2, 1995

 

18.

Down the Line

Playback 4

from Playback: Disc 4, 1995

 

17.

Swingin’

Echo

from Echo, 1999

16.

Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around

Bella Donna

from Stevie Nicks’ Bella Donna, 1981

15.

Mary Jane’s Last Dance

Greatest Hits

from Greatest Hits, 1993 and Playback: Disc 3

14.

Change of Heart

Long After Dark

from Long After Dark, 1982 and Playback: Disc 2, 1995

13.

Don’t Bring Me Down” (live)

Pack up the Plantation

from Pack up the Plantation, 1985 and Playback: Disc 2

12.

Breakdown

Self Titled

from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, 1976 and Playback: Disc 1, 1995

11.

Waiting for Tonight

Playback 6

from Playback: Disc 6, 1995

10.

Insider” (with Stevie Nicks)

Hard Promises

from Hard Promises, 1981 and Playback: Disc 1, 1995

9.

You Don’t Know How it Feels

Wildflowers

from Wildflowers, 1994

8.

Ways to Be Wicked

Playback 6

from Playback: Disc 6, 1995

7.

Free Fallin’

Full Moon

from Full Moon Fever, 1989 and Playback: Disc 3, 1995

 

6.

Ain’t Love Strange

Let Me Up

from Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough), 1987

 

5.

Time to Move On

Wildflowers

from Wildflowers, 1994

4.

Learning to Fly

Into the Great 2

from Into the Great Wide Open, 1991 and Playback: Disc 3, 1995

3.

Yer So Bad

Full Moon

from Full Moon Fever, 1989 and Playback: Disc 3, 1995

2.

Crawling Back to You

Wildflowers

from Wildflowers, 1994

1.

Don’t Come Around Here No More

Southern Accents 3

from Southern Accents, 1985 and Playback: Disc 2


If you’re looking for a place to start album-wise, buy the Playback collection. Three discs of greatest hits, three discs of unreleased/rare/b-sides. All very good.

Playback box

 

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