essential tom petty

Man, yesterday was hard! I keep typing out lines, deleting them, rewording and rewriting them only to delete it again and forget the point in which I was trying to make to begin with.

The day started with the most tragic event in modern American history resulting in dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries. That part of the day managed to separate us and rip our nation in two as we often do when we discuss gun control, gun rights, and even the second amendment after a tragedy occurs. This, as it came off the heels of the not-quite-yet-over “discussion” involving the national anthem, has given us another reminder of the deep divide that we have become known as; The Divided States of Hysteria.

But for a moment we had a glimpse of togetherness. A chance to become a single chime of discord in memory of a lost legend gone far too soon. The greatest American rock and roll star since…ever.

There isn’t an album, there isn’t a song, there isn’t a heartbreaker melody that isn’t good. Everyone liked the Heartbreakers. Everyone loves Tom Petty.

If I were to hear someone say that they were going to pick up a Tom Petty Greatest Hits collection I’d expect them to come back with basically every song he’s ever written.

Here are some of my favorites. Thirteen with and thirteen without – the Heartbreakers.

…and with a heavy heart I say
Rest In Peace Tom Petty. 

free fallin’ 

Full Moon Fever

i won’t back down

Full Moon Fever 

love is a long road

Full Moon Fever

runnin’ down a dream

Full Moon Fever

yer so bad

Full Moon Fever

the apartment song 

Full Moon Fever



• you don’t know how it feels


time to move on


• it’s good to be king


crawling back to you


you wreck me


square one 

Highway Companion 

• breakdown

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

american girl

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers


Damn the Torpedoes 

here comes my girl

Damn the Torpedoes

• even the losers

Damn the Torpedoes

• don’t do me like that

Damn the Torpedoes 

the waiting

Hard Promises

you got lucky 

Long After Dark

• don’t come around here no more

Southern Accents

• learning to fly

Into the Great Wide Open

• into the great wide open

Into the Great Wide Open

• mary jane’s last dance

Greatest Hits

• american dream plan b

Hypnotic Eye 

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