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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

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Since 1976, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have been one of America's finest rock & roll bands ever, combining the ringing guitars of the Byrds with the gritty rhythmic drive of the Rolling Stones. Petty's tales of American losers and dreamers were simple and direct, but emotionally charged. The Heartbreakers were a lean, tight band that could handle hard rock & roll and melodic pop equally well. The group gained critical attention and solid sales with their first album, but 1979's Damn the Torpedos was their commercial breakthrough, selling over two million copies; it couldn't have come at a better time, since Petty filed for bankruptcy before its release. During the '80s, Petty sold consistently well, as he expanded his sound with the release of each album. In 1989, he released his first solo album, Full Moon Fever, which became his biggest hit yet. That momentum carried over into the next Heartbreakers release, 1991's Into the Great Wide Open, which went platinum. As they were preparing their next album, the group released a greatest-hits album in 1993 which contained the hit single, "Mary Jane's Last Dance." Greatest Hits was the last album the group released on MCA Records. In 1994, Petty began a new contract with Warner Bros, releasing Wildflowers toward the end of that year; Wildflowers became another multi-platinum success for him. In 1995, MCA Records released a five-disc box set called Playback. In the summer of 1996, Petty & the Heartbreakers released Songs and Music from She's the One. The Rick Rubin production Echo followed three years later. 2002 saw the release of The Last DJ, a scathing attack on the corporate greed inherent in the music business. It was followed in 2006 by a Petty solo album, Highway Companion. Another Heartbreakers album, Mojo, appeared on Reprise Records in 2010. Returning to their rehearsal space, The Clubhouse, in 2011, Petty & the Heartbreakers spent time demo'ing and recording what would become their 13th studio album. The harder, rockier, Hypnotic Eye was scheduled for a July 2014 release. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Albums by
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

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    Hypnotic Eye

    18 songs

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    Damn the Torpedos [Deluxe Edition]

    15 songs

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    Mojo

    12 songs

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    The Last DJ [Bonus DVD]

    11 songs

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    Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)

    10 songs

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    Long After Dark

    15 songs

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    Echo

    12 songs

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    Into the Great Wide Open

    10 songs

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    Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

    10 songs

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    You're Gonna Get It!

    10 songs

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    Hard Promises

    9 songs

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    Damn the Torpedoes

    9 songs

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    Southern Accents

    12 songs

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    Nobody's Children

    1 song

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    Fault Lines

    1 song

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    Forgotten Man

    1 song

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    American Dream Plan B

    1 song

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    Red River

    1 song

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    U Get Me High

    1 song

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    I Should Have Known It

    34 songs

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    Anthology: Through the Years

    19 songs

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    Greatest Hits

    15 songs

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    Songs and Music from "She's the One"

    14 songs

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    Pack Up the Plantation: Live!

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Top Songs by
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

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  2.   Don't Do Me Like That
  3.   Christmas All Over Again
  4.   You Got Lucky
  5.   Don't Come Around Here No More
  6.   Change of Heart
  7.   Jammin' Me
  8.   Room at the Top
  9.   Green Onions
  10.   High in the Morning
  11.   Forgotten Man
  12.   Stop Draggin' My Heart Around
  13.   Candy
  14.   Something in the Air
  15.   Lonesome Sundown
  16.   U Get Me High
  17.   American Dream Plan B
  18.   Running Man's Bible
  19.   I Should Have Known It
  20.   Straight Into Darkness
  21.   Full Grown Boy
  22.   Fault Lines
  23.   Hope You Never
  24.   Little Red Rooster
  25.   It'll All Work Out
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

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    Tom Petty: The Count Up

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    Tom Petty: DNA

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    Modern Blues

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    Classic Rock

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    Southern Rock

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    Gruden's Groove: I Am The DJ

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    Classic Rock Deep Dive

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    You'll Shoot Your Eye Out

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    A Very Rockin Misfit Christmas

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    Classic Rock BBQ

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    Eagles: DNA

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    '80s Hits

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    Broken Heart

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    Music To Watch the Grass Grow

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    '80s Rock

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    Jeff & Jenn's Christmas Channel

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