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Tom Petty & His Musical Greatness

Ok, I realize it has been a few days since I have posted a blog.  This is due to a number of factors that all involve time or lack thereof.  But, it is Monday and I am ready to wax musically for another day.

During my brief hiatus, I’ve given some consideration to the blog and the overall format.  I’ve decided to shake it up a bit and only post two times per week about a particular artist’s relevance and history and the other days will be a more interactive process of ranking artist’s best albums and top songs.  Over the past few months I’ve noticed that my incendiary lists seem to illicit more of a response from you, the sweet, gentle reader. 

Today’s blog will spotlight the complete and best work of one Mr. Thomas Earl Petty and his amazing band The Heartbreakers. 

Tom Petty (Solo & The Heartbreakers) Discography & Best Song From Each Album:

Note: No song selection will be made from live albums or anthologies.

  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1976)
    • Breakdown
  • Official Live Leg  (1977)
  • You’re Gonna Get It (1978)
    • Listen To Her Heart
  • Damn the Torpedoes (1979)
    • Louisiana Rain
  • Hard Promises (1981)
    • The Waiting
  • Long After Dark (1982)
    • Straight Into Darkness
  • Southern Accents (1985)
    • Rebels
  • Pack Up the Plantation (1985 Live)
  • Let Me Up (I’ve had Enough) (1987)
    • It’ll All Work Out
  • Full Moon Fever (1989 Solo)
    • Runnin’ Down a Dream
  • Into The Great Wide Open (1991)
    • Learning To Fly
  • Greatest Hits (1993)
    • Mary Jane’s Last Dance
  • Wildflowers (1994 Solo)
    • It’s Good To Be King
  • Playback (1995)
  • Songs and Music from “She’s the One” (1996)
    • Angel Dream No. 2
  • Echo (1999)
    • Free Girl Now
  • Anthology: Through the Years (2000)
  • The Last DJ (2002)
    • Money Becomes King
  • Highway Companion (2006 Solo)
    • Square One
  • The Live Anthology (2009)
  • Mojo (Set to release in Spring 2010)

Top 5 Tom Petty Albums:

  1. Damn the Torpedoes
  2. Hard Promises
  3. Southern Accents
  4. Full Moon Fever
  5. Highway Companion

Top 10 Tom Petty Songs:

  1. Angel Dream No. 2
  2. It’ll All Work Out
  3. Breakdown
  4. Louisiana Rain
  5. Straight Into Darkness
  6. Rebels
  7. Southern Accents
  8. The Waiting
  9. Even The Losers
  10. American Girl

So, there you have it, my list of Tom Petty greatness.  Given his extensive catalog and thirty plus years in the business, I allowed five albums and ten songs.  Future artists might warrant less.

Read, review, and respond.

Great music awaits!


25 more albums you should own!

Greetings music lovers,

Today’s blog is about 25 albums you should own and has the following parameters:

  •  Album must have been recorded/released prior to 1990
  • No duplication of artist
  • No live albums or greatest hits (kind of an all encompassing copout to include either)
  • Listing of my favorite track from said album (This is not so much a parameter but a mere bonus for your reading pleasure)

Twenty Five albums you should own! (In no particular order):

Artist Album Song
U2 The Joshua Tree (1987) With or Without You
Bob Dylan Oh Mercy (1989) Most of the Time
Bruce Springsteen Nebraska (1982) Nebraska
Paul Simon Graceland (1986) You Can Call Me Al
James McMurtry Too Long in the Wasteland (1989) Angeline
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Hard Promises (1981) The Waiting
Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction (1987) Mr. Brownstone
The Eagles Hotel California (1976) The Last Resort
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here (1975) Have a Cigar
Robert Earl Keen No Kinda Dancer (1984) Rolling By
Eric Clapton Journeyman (1989) Running On Faith
The Who Quadrophenia (1973) Love Reign O’er Me
Elton John Madman Across the Water (1971) Tiny Dancer
Metallica And Justice For All (1988) Dyers Eve
R.E.M Document (1987) It’s the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)
The Pixies Surfer Rosa (1988) Where Is My Mind
John Mellencamp Scarecrow (1985) Minutes To Memories
The Band Music from the Big Pink (1968) The Weight
Van Morrison Moondance (1970) And It Stoned Me
Lynyrd Skynyrd Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin- Nerd (1973) Simple Man
Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique (1989) Shake Your Rump
The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 (1988) Congratulations
Warren Zevon Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School (1980) Play It All Night Long
Townes Van Zandt Townes Van Zandt (1969) Lungs
The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed (1969) Gimme Shelter
Jackson Brown The Pretender (1976) The Pretender

 So, there you have it, another list of musical bliss.  Take your time, check them out and let me know what you think.

 Great music awaits!