Celebrating Tom Petty: 17 Unforgettable Songs
    • MONDAY, OCTOBER 02, 2017

    • Posted by: Kirsten Spruch

    Tom Petty, 66, has passed away. After being found in full cardiac arrest in his home in Malibu, he was later taken off life support. The legendary rocker recently completed a tour with the Heartbreakers just last week at Hollywood Bowl, which he told Rolling Stone was the group's "last big one." "We're all on the backside of our sixties," he said. "I have a granddaughter now I'd like to see as much as I can. I don't want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that's a lot of time."

    "I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I'll never forget him," Petty's friend and Traveling Wilburys bandmate Bob Dylan said. "It's shocking, crushing news."

    Petty was a legendary rock icon who led the band the Heartbreakers. Let's remember him by some of his classic songs, which will never be forgotten.

    1. "American Girl"


    One of Petty's influences, The Byrds' Roger McGuinn, covered this track, off of the Heartbreakers' second album You're Gonna Get It, which only proved just what Petty was capable of.

    2. "Rockin' Around (With You)"


    Petty would never really perform this song live, which was the opener on the group's first album. However, on the latest tour they just wrapped, they played several rare cuts, which included this.

    3. "You Got Lucky"


    This song dominated the rock Billboard chart. His rugged voice was legendary.

    4. "I Won't Back Down"



    Another classic hit that took over the charts and won fans' hearts.

    5. "Free Fallin'"


    This single is from Petty's first solo album Full Moon Fever, released in 1989 and produced by Jeff Lynne.

    6. "Mary Jane's Last Dance"


    Another hit which really showcased Petty's ability to tell vivid stories through his music.

    7. "I Need To Know"


    One of the edgier songs, "I Need To Know" is off the Heartbreakers' 1978 album You're Gonna Get It.

    8. "Learning To Fly"


    Another hit that was written by Petty and writing partner Lynne for the Heartbreakers' Into The Great Wide Open album in 1991.

    9. "Listen To Her Heart"


    Also from You're Gonna Get It, apparently Petty wrote this song in response to Ike Turner making advances at his wife.

    10. "Don't Do Me Like That"


    This song is off of the biggest record of Petty's career: Damn The Torpedoes (1979) which makes sense - it's extremely infectious.

    11. "Refugee"


    Another single off of that same album.

    12. "Don't Come Around Here No More"


    "Don't Come Around Here No More" was the No. 13 hit from 1985's Southern Accents, which was recorded after Ron Blair left the band.

    13. "The Waiting"


    From 1981's Hard Promises.

    14. "Handle With Care"


    From The Traveling Wilburys, Tom Petty's successful collaboration with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison, and Jeff Lynne.

    15. "End Of The Line"


    Another wonderfully cheerful song made with The Traveling Wilburys.

    16. "You Don't Know How It Feels"


    This is the lead single from Petty's second solo album, 1994's Wildflowers and was his last Top 40 hit.

    17. "Wildflowers"


    The lyrically gorgeous title track off of that same album.
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