Tom Petty, along with his band the Heartbreakers, played heartland rock like few others during an era when guys like Bob Seger and Bruce Springsteen made busted cars, crunchy guitars and lost dreams cool. Inspired as much by the Byrds’ jingle jangle as he was three-chord, garage-rock stomp, Petty wrote music that was more jagged than most of his heartland-rock peers’. He finally found some footing on his classic third album, 1979’s ‘Damn the Torpedoes,’ a masterwork of pop songcraft and sneering rock. With longtime guitarist and collaborator Mike Campbell, Petty has made a series of albums since then that explore everything from psychedelia and hippie idealism to crumbling relationships and late-period priorities. He even formed the Traveling Wilburys supergroup with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison to pay tribute to rock’s past. His best records are that timeless.
Hear Tom Petty's 'Love Is a Long Road' in New 'Grand Theft Auto'
'Full Moon Fever' song soundtracks the trailer for the video game's sixth installment.
Underrated Tom Petty: The Most Overlooked Song From Each Album
From deep cuts to hidden gems, we break down the late legend's best under-the-radar tracks.
How Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Debut Slowly Built Momentum
He blamed the record company’s lack of promotion; he also blamed the album cover.
The Hit Song Tom Petty's Bandmates 'Hated' at First
Frontman had to go back to the drawing board for this one.
The Lyric Tom Petty Refused to Change in 'Listen to Her Heart'
A wild party at Ike Turner's house inspired the line.
45 Years Ago: Tom Petty Gets Nasty on 'I Need to Know'
First single from the band's second album packed a punch.
Tom Petty Family to Pursue Stolen Property Auction Lawsuit
Sale includes jackets, vests, footwear, posters, CDs and vinyl.
Why Tom Petty Just Missed on Rocked-Out 'You're Gonna Get It!'
They doubled down a year and a half after fooling some into thinking this was maybe a New Wave act.
How Tom Petty Got the Band Back Together for 'Mudcrutch'
Petty's first band found success 30 years after their initial go round.
Watch Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit Cover 'I Won't Back Down'
Charity song benefitting Afghan girls also includes Blake Shelton and Matt Sorum.