Take a look at the below list of Tom Petty Top 10 Songs and Albums of All Time till 2017 with new and upcoming songs 2017. Tom Petty is widely known for his great solo work with the Heartbreakers. Since their debut in 1976, he has made 13 studio albums. Perhaps, you have ever enjoyed one of their great live performances. Their self-titled debut featured stunning roll and hard rock songs. In the first few years, Petty and the Heartbreakers found a lot of success with every album and show. And for a good reason, Petty’s listeners could easily relate his story-driven lyrics about Americans life and fighting for the necessary. Petty is also known for writing attention-getting rock and roll songs.
List of Top 10 songs by Tom Petty Till 2017
10. You Got Lucky
‘You Got Lucky’ is one of the songs that remind me of the MTV early days. “You Got Lucky” was a staple on the music video channel. Also, the song has a clearer message. It is in the album ‘Long after Dark’ that Tom released in the year 1982. In this song, Tom Petty tells his lover that she got lucky when she found him.
9. Room at the Top
Although the 1999’s Echo isn’t among the best albums, Petty released its opener,’ Room at the Top’, and the title track excels. Just like in most of his best songs, Tom Petty gave this song’s lyrics a room to breathe. The words enable the music to carry the meanings. The song’s smooth guitar rhythms also gave way to angulated power chords. Petty managed to convey a combination of bitterness and sadness in the lyrics.
8. Stop Draggin My Heart Around
Petty worked alongside guitarist Mike Campbell to write this song. However, they eventually gave it to Stevie Nicks who used it in Bella Dona (her solo album). Both Nicks and Petty sang the bridge and the chorus part. The music video was among the greatest hits on MTV. It also nabbed a higher profile spot during the channel’s launch. That was back in 1981.
7. I Won’t Back Down
This great song from Tom Petty belongs to his biggest selling album of all time. The ‘Full Moon Fever’ album was a solo album (technically) although every Heartbreaker played on it apart from Stan Lynch, the drummer. And apart from the Jeff Lynne production, telling the difference was hard particularly on the album’s first single which found Petty in a defiant mood.
6. Walls (Circus)
Earlier in 1996, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers band released a full movie soundtrack. This soundtrack was on the 1996 album, Songs, and Music from the Moon Picture “She’s the One.” The movie track, “Walls (Circus)” stood at number 69 on the Billboard Hot 100 and perhaps, people remember it more than the Ed Burns film.
5. American Girl
Possibly, when the Heartbreakers released this song they didn’t know that it would be one of their iconic songs. Even though the “American Girl” incomprehensibly didn’t chart in the United States, it has an instantly recognizable signature opening riff. Tom Petty described stories suggesting that the song is about the suicide of a student from University Florida (Urban Legend). According to the rocker, the song has nothing to do with that.
4. The Waiting’
Since the beginning, the Byrds have profoundly influenced Petty and the Heartbreakers. However, the influence has never been as evident as on the band’s ‘The Waiting.’ Petty had the riffs of this song for around one week. However, he had no words until titular phrase came into his mind at a time when he was thinking about inspiration struggle. This is one of the Tom Petty Top 10 Songs of All Time till 2017.
Do you know that Tom Petty broke his hand when recording this song? Tom Petty recorded the ‘Rebels’ in the year 1984. According to him, he was so high on drugs that he was unable to get the arrangement he wanted. Tom entered the control room and put his original demo tape that featured only him and Rickenbacker 12-string guitar. The demo made him furious, and as a result, he stormed into his house, punched a wall with his left hand.
2. You Wreck Me’
The second solo album Petty released – ‘Wildflowers’- heavily relied on Heartbreakers. The band did their best on this track which was originally known as ‘You Rock Me.’ According to Petty, the song sounded more like a cliché, and they had to adjust it to a one vowel sound. Also, they had to change the song’s entire tone.
With Tench’s soulful harmonium playing, Lynch’s lockstep rhythm section, Campbell’s lead phrases, and Petty’s and bassist Ron Blair passionate vocals, the Heartbreakers came up with a great track, ‘Refugee.’ In part, this song was inspired by a conflict Petty had with a label. He used relationship metaphors to cloak his anger.
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1. A Woman in Love (It’s Not Me)
‘A Woman in Love’ is a song that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers produced in the year 1981 (on the Hard Promises album). And even though the song charted at number 79 on US Billboard Hot 100 and was the second single they released from the album, it requires more recognition. To come up with this song, Tom Petty worked alongside Mike Campbell, a lead guitarist. The song is about women – a woman who broke up with the narrator.
2. Two Gunslingers
‘Two Gunslingers’ is a song that appeared on the 1991 album, “Into the Great Wide Open.” Tom Petty wrote this song that starts, “two gunslingers walked out in the street and one said / ‘I don’t wanna fight no more’ / and the other gimslinger thought about it and said / ‘yeah, what are we fighting for'” alone. In the end, the two gunslingers went riding out of town and no one ever heard from them again.
Making a list of the greatest songs Tom Petty released isn’t an easy task. Most of his albums, including the 1993 ‘Greatest Hits’ compilation featured 18 killer cuts. What’s more, most people recognize Petty as a great rocker. But it’s now your turn. Which song do you prefer?