Remembering Tom Petty: His 10 Best Songs

Tom Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017)
Tom Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017)

Tom Petty, the rocker best known as the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, is dead at 66. The legendary musician suffered a full cardiac arrest and was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home Sunday night. He was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and put on life support, reports TMZ.

Petty rose to fame in the 1970s with his band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Though Petty and his band debuted their first self-titled record in 1976, they continued to perform over the past four decades. Petty played his last show last Monday, performing three sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl to conclude their 40th anniversary tour.

Petty, who released three solo albums and 13 albums with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, also took part in the 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne.

Here’s a look back at 10 of his best songs.

‘Breakdown’
1977
(The first single from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ self-titled debut album)

‘Don’t Come Around Here No More’
1985
(The first single from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ album, Southern Accents)

‘Refugee’
1985
(The second single from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ album, Damn the Torpedoes)

‘You Don’t Know How It Feels’
1994
(The lead single from Tom Petty’s solo album, Wildflowers)

‘Into the Great Wide Open’
1991
(The third single from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ album, Into the Great Wide Open)

‘Learning to Fly’
1991
(The first single from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ album, Into the Great Wide Open)

‘I Won’t Back Down’
1989
(The first single from Tom Petty’s first solo album, Full Moon Fever)

‘Mary Jane’s Last Dance’
1993
(The first single from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Greatest Hits album)

‘American Girl’
1976
(The second single from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ self-titled debut album)

‘Free Fallin”
1989
(The opening track from Tom Petty’s solo debut album, Full Moon Fever)

Christopher Turner

Christopher Turner

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