Wednesday 10/20/21 12pm ET: Artist Countdown: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Top 30 Hits

Thomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. He was the lead vocalist and guitarist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, formed in 1976. He previously led the band Mudcrutch, and was also a member of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.

Petty recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist. His hit singles with the Heartbreakers include “Don’t Do Me Like That” (1979), “Refugee” (1980), “The Waiting” (1981), “Don’t Come Around Here No More” (1985) and “Learning to Fly” (1991). Petty’s hit singles as a solo act include “I Won’t Back Down” (1989), “Free Fallin'” (1989), and “You Don’t Know How It Feels” (1994). In his career, he sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Petty died of an accidental drug overdose on October 2, 2017, one week after the end of the Heartbreakers’ 40th Anniversary Tour.

Petty released 13 studio albums as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in addition to three solo albums.

1I Won’t Back Down
2Learning to Fly
3Free Fallin’
4Mary Jane’s Last Dance
5Don’t Come Around Here No More
6Refugee
7The Waiting
8Runnin’ Down a Dream
9A Face in the Crowd
10Jammin’ Me
11You Don’t Know How It Feels
12Walls
13You Got Lucky
14Free Girl Now
15Don’t Do Me Like That
16You Wreck Me
17Breakdown
18Into the Great Wide Open
19Change of Heart
20It’s Good to Be King
21Saving Grace
22Here Comes My Girl
23Make It Better (Forget About Me)
24Needles and Pins (with Stevie Nicks)
25A Higher Place
26Climb That Hill
27Room at the Top
28Yer So Bad
29The Last DJ
30Kings Highway