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)
Refugee (1979)
Don't Do Me Like That (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)

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11 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

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