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The Best of Everything: The Definitive Career-Spanning Hits Collection 1976-2016

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Consider The Best of Everything a companion piece to An American Treasure, the first posthumous Tom Petty compilation. Weighing in at four CDs, An American Treasure was designed as a gift to the devoted who were still in mourning. In contrast, The Best of Everything is aimed at the fan who didn't dig quite so deep, or perhaps to listeners who always liked Petty but never bothered to purchase an album. The Best of Everything relies on the hits that were largely absent on the box set but it takes a similar non-chronological approach to sequencing, a move that emphasizes Petty's consistency as both a songwriter and recording artist. This distinguishes The Best of Everything from 2000's Anthology: Through the Years, which also spanned two discs and contained four fewer songs than this 2019 set. Apart from that notable aesthetic choice, there is a considerable amount of overlap between the two double-disc collections -- namely, all the hits Petty had with and without the Heartbreakers between 1976 and 1993, when he switched from his longtime home of MCA to Warner. The Best of Everything trumps Anthology in that it also includes hits Petty had for Warner -- "You Don't Know How It Feels," "You Wreck Me," and "Walls" -- and extends to his strong last decade as a recording artist, adding two unreleased cuts for good measure (an alternate take of the title track which was heard in a shorter version on An American Treasure, the unheard "For Real," which is laid-back and nifty). All this adds up to the best overall overview of -- and perhaps introduction to -- Tom Petty assembled to date. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Free Fallin' Tom Petty 4:13
  3. 2 Mary Jane's Last Dance Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 4:31
  4. 3 You Wreck Me Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 3:21
  5. 4 I Won't Back Down Tom Petty 2:55
  6. 5 Saving Grace Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 3:45
  7. 6 You Don't Know How It Feels Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 4:46
  8. 7 Don't Do Me Like That Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 2:41
  9. 8 Listen To Her Heart Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 3:1
  10. 9 Breakdown Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 2:41
  11. 10 Walls (Circus) Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 4:23
  12. 11 The Waiting Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 3:56
  13. 12 Don't Come Around Here No More Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 5:1
  14. 13 Southern Accents Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 4:40
  15. 14 Angel Dream, No. 2 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 2:24
  16. 15 Dreamville Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 3:46
  17. 16 I Should Have Known It Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 3:37
  18. 17 Refugee Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 3:19
  19. 18 American Girl Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 3:31
  20. 19 The Best of Everything [Alt. Version] Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 5:22
  21. 1 Wildflowers Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 3:9
  22. 2 Learning to Fly Tom Petty 3:59
  23. 3 Here Comes My Girl Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 4:22
  24. 4 The Last DJ Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 3:29
  25. 5 I Need to Know Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 2:22
  26. 6 Scare Easy Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 4:35
  27. 7 You Got Lucky Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 3:31
  28. 8 Runnin' Down a Dream Tom Petty 4:20
  29. 9 American Dream Plan B Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 2:59
  30. 10 Stop Draggin' My Heart Around Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 4:1
  31. 11 Trailer Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 3:17
  32. 12 Into the Great Wide Open Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 3:40
  33. 13 Room at the Top Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 4:59
  34. 14 Square One Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 3:24
  35. 15 Jammin' Me Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 4:2
  36. 16 Even the Losers Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 3:33
  37. 17 Hungry No More Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 5:55
  38. 18 I Forgive It All Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 4:12
  39. 19 For Real Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 3:49

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