Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2002

Inducted by: Jakob Dylan

Nominated in: 2002

First Eligible: 2002 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Tom Petty, Ron Blair, Mike Campbell, Howie Epstein, Stan Lynch and Benmont Tench

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2002 (ranked #67) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Damn the Torpedoes (1979)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
American Girl (1976)
Breakdown (1976)
I Need to Know (1978)
Don't Do Me Like That (1979)
Refugee (1979)
The Waiting (1981)
You Got Lucky (1982)
Don't Come Around Here No More (1985)
Learning To Fly (1991)
Mary Jane's Last Dance (1993)

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers @ Wikipedia

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20 comments so far (post your own)

Super Bowl XLII halftime show live performance in Glendale, Arizona.....

Posted by Joe-Skee on Saturday, 02.2.08 @ 12:11pm

Tom Petty's a genius

Posted by Rock Classic on Saturday, 11.22.08 @ 19:36pm

I'm not so crazy about Elvis.

Posted by Mike on Wednesday, 12.10.08 @ 07:16am

Top 10 Songs:

1. I Won't Back Down
2. Refugee
3. Mary Jane's Last Dance
4. Free Fallin'
5. Running Down a Dream
6. The Last DJ
7. Something In the Air
8. Learning to Fly
9. Don't Come Around Here No More
10. The Waiting

Posted by The One on Wednesday, 12.17.08 @ 13:55pm

Top 20 Lead Singers:

1. Robert Plant
2. Bon Scott
3. Ozzy Osbourne
4. Ronnie James Dio
5. Axl Rose
6. Brian Johnson
7. Iggy Pop
8. Jimi Hendrix
9. Roger Waters
10. Tom Petty
11. Paul Stanley
12. Jerry Garcia
13. Paul McCartney
14. John Lennon
15. David Gilmour (I know what your thinking)
16. Steven Tyler
17. Dee Sniyder
18. Tommy Shaw
19. Mick Jagger
20. Bruce Dickinson

Posted by Mike on Wednesday, 01.28.09 @ 15:04pm

Mike - I was going to play, but your list does not include Freddie Mercury, Roger Daltry, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, and Ray Davies. And in my book, those guys rank 1-5.

I would also add Geoff Tate, Sebastian Bach, Greg Lake, Steve Perry and Elvis in the top 20.

And let's not forget the voices of Motown: David Ruffin and Smokey Robinson.

Posted by Dameon on Wednesday, 01.28.09 @ 19:54pm

Thank goodness Petty was inducted with his band.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 07.25.09 @ 21:52pm

The headliner for Sat night at The Hangout. Played all their hits. Did covers of Byrds 'Rock n Roll Star', a Grateful Dead song (the one about the 2 women, one in Chino & one in Cherokee) and one more I can't remember right now. Lead guitarist (not Tom) can really shred. Very large crowd for their set.

Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 05.22.13 @ 15:28pm

Closed out Bonnaroo. Played for 2.5 hours straight. Got all their hits this time. Mike Campbell can play a litle guitar. Looked like they were loving it. Huge crowd, biggest I've seen for a closing act in my 3 Bonnaroos. It was raining too!

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 06.20.13 @ 08:30am

Great to see Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers were inducted RRHOF years ago. Tom Petty perfected rock & roll. He made rock n roll look easy to play & write. The Waiting,Refugee,Mary Jane's Last Dance,Freefallin' so many Classic songs.

Have the highest respect for Tom Petty. I always thought if Elvis had lived that his rock n roll would have sounded like Tom Petty.Great musical talent. A legend. KING

Posted by KING on Friday, 02.14.14 @ 20:32pm

2016 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee - Tom Petty!

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 03.2.16 @ 20:58pm

Thoughts and prayers for Tom Petty! One of the last truly great rockers around; I hope everything turns out okay but you never know. It would be a damn shame if the news is actually true about Petty's health problems. I always loved his work with the Heartbreakers and hoped one day to see him in concert. More developments hopefully later today and better news for one of the most rock's most iconic stars!

Posted by Nick on Monday, 10.2.17 @ 16:03pm

Damn, as I typed the last post, I found out about Tom Petty's death. I will truly miss his presence and influnce on rock music. He was one of my favorites.

Posted by Nick on Monday, 10.2.17 @ 16:08pm

Wait, Tom Petty is still alive unless otherwise noted. Im happy that hes still here and hope he gets better.

Posted by Nick on Monday, 10.2.17 @ 19:02pm

It appears official now that Tom Petty has passed away.

He's one of the greatest songwriters in rock music history, unquestionably.

R.I.P. Tom Petty

A truly sad day for the music industry.

Posted by Donnie on Tuesday, 10.3.17 @ 00:43am

Goodbye Tom. You've blessed this world with your amazing and wonderful music. It's a tragedy that you're no longer with us but I hope you're jamming it up in Heaven with Roy Orbison & George Harrison.

Posted by Nathan on Tuesday, 10.3.17 @ 00:58am

My most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Tom Petty on his untimely passing. I am sure that he will be missed, but his songs will endure. :-(

Posted by Enigmaticus on Tuesday, 10.3.17 @ 11:39am

I know I wouldn't mind seeing a larger picture of Tom & a smaller one of Thom on the front page.

RIP, Mr. Petty. So glad I saw you & Heartbreakers perform.

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 10.3.17 @ 12:37pm

On Tom Petty: RIP Tom Petty (1950-2017) was an American original who with the Heartbreakers created 40+ years of incredible rock music. Tom Petty was rock n roll. He reached the highest levels of his profession earning Rock & Roll HOF induction and a Star on the Walk Of Fame. The Tom Petty hits were plentiful:American Girl,Breakdown,Jammin Me,Mary Jane's Last Dance, Refugee, You Got Lucky etc. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers made it look easy with well-crafted songs and Mike Campbell's guitar bending and singing in many Classics like The Waiting and Stop Dragging My Heart Around. Tom Petty's 40+ years of music will march on through the Heartbreakers and his many musician friends. They will continue to perform his music in tributes the rest of 2017 and in the future. I'm curious if Tom Petty will be given the honor of a 2nd nomination and induction for his solo work. It would also be interesting if the remaining Heartbreakers will have different singers sing some of the Classic Petty songs. Groups like INXS and Queen soldiered on after losing dynamic front men. Prayers and support to the Tom Petty family, friends, and fans on this difficult day. Petty lived his 66 years just missing his 67th birthday October 20. Thanks for the music! KING

Posted by KING on Tuesday, 10.3.17 @ 17:45pm

RIP, to one of my all-time favorite musicians of all-time. There really isn't much to say; the music speaks for itself. We all didn't see this one coming that soon. I'm glad I got to see him twice - most recently when he was the closing headliner at Bonnaroo '13. Thank you for the music.

As much as I hate to say it, but Bob Lefsetz was right when he pointed this out in one of his recent blog posts: Classic rock is dying. It hasn't been a good two years for those that love good, classic music. Yes, many of them have led long lives and accomplished so much. Chuck Berry, Prince, David Bowie, Gregg Allman and now, Tom Petty. (Should I include George Michael in this group?!) For those that don't read the Lefsetz Letter, he usually divides music fans into age groups: the youngsters and the oldsters, mostly in a negative way. The youngsters are the people of tomorrow, and someone is passing the torch.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Tuesday, 10.3.17 @ 23:55pm

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