Top Ten Best Tom Petty Songs

The Top Ten

1 Free Fallin' Free Fallin' Cover Art

Breaking news: Tom Petty is dead on October 2, 2017. Unfortunate times indeed that people are facing when it comes to losing famous rock stars that put their hearts and souls into making music. Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell are gone too.

Nowadays we are stuck with untalented Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, and Taylor Swift. Their artificial "music" can't top Tom Petty's masterpiece music. Poker Face can't outsmart Running Down A Dream. Anaconda couldn't beat Won't Back Down. Wrecking Ball never clobbered Refugee. Bad Blood was told "Don't Come Around Here No More". Even Baby and Sorry couldn't be Free Fallin'.

This is it. Free Fallin' withstood the tests of time and it's still an instant classic. Oldies but goodies.

Great song! Definitely one of the most recognized songs of the 80's. Love how Petty who is known for his deeper vocals to just say screw that and belt it out for the chorus. Accoustic guitar is also a plus

Like Elvis and Jailhouse Rock...Petty and Free Fallin'. Probably his most recognizable 'signature song'.

Just so relatable. Tom Petty is an amazing artist. 16 years old and I love his music.

2 Mary Jane's Last Dance Mary Jane's Last Dance Cover Art

Incredible song! It has so many beautiful elements and the lyrics are so thought provoking it could be interpreted in many ways. Everything about it adds up to perfection. Every layer of the song AHHHMAZING!

This song is simply the best song by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The harmonica, the Bob Dylan-esque vocals, the lyrics (which possibly has two meanings), and the guitar just sound amazing.

Not just a good rhythm, but the chorus also has a deeper underlying meaning

No matter how old I get... This song is always remembered... Perfection!

3 Runnin' Down a Dream Runnin' Down a Dream Cover Art

Every time I hear this song I have to tap my feet to the drum beat and of course play air guitar! I like a lot of Tom Petty but this is a fave.

Class tune, keeps you captivated all the war through. Never get bored of it!

Oooh yea I love it I love it! Umm.. And I just love it and love it.. Yea I do love this song laugh out loud.. because it felt so good.. Like everthing is possible.

Love this song. The lyrics. The beat. The voice. Makes me want to dream on...

4 I Won't Back Down I Won't Back Down Cover Art

Such a great song and it suits Petty perfectly. Not many people know it has ex-Beatle George Harrison and ELO frontman Jeff Lynne playing guitar and singing backing vocals.

Great guitar song! Trying to get my husband to play this one. He does last dance for Mary Jane and stop draggin my heart around.

Great song but I think it was actually written by Johny Cash. Still awesome and very inspiring!

I am a Tom Petty fan and I think this is the best song ever!

5 American Girl American Girl Cover Art

Great song, but you know, all his songs are! I 3 the Heartbreakers so much! Other songs off this album that are awesome are like "rocking' Around with You" or "The Wild One, Forever" or even the strange "Strangered in the Night"... Highly respected and recommended rock band!

This is, without a doubt, the quintessential Tom Petty song. This one laid the blueprint for everything that followed. Free Fallin', I Won't Back Down, Mary Jane's Last Dance mean nothing without this one...

Amazing song and it was well enough known to make an appearance on guitar hero. It is probably Toms favorite song too because it is always the song he plays last.

Great lyrics, a beautiful bass line, a driving rhythm, swirling lead guitar and tom's vocals makes this one of americas greatest treasures.

6 Learning to Fly Learning to Fly Cover Art

This is Tom Petty's best masterpiece, Just the words and music wanna make you sing with him. This is classic Tom Petty, "So I've started out, from god knows where. I guess I'll know, when I get there. I'm learning to fly, around the clouds, but what goes up must come down. " 1# song.

The genius of the song is that he makes it all sound so easy. A beautiful lyric driven by a masterful band and a lesson to all aspiring songwriters.

Probably one of the most beautiful songs ever, not too bad of a storyline either

This song is beautiful and sometimes makes me cry!

7 Refugee Refugee Cover Art

I'm listening to a drum cover of this song right now... Love love love it! The reason behind this is that I had a strange dream my friend was playing this song. I was amazed... Love this song a lot. Beautiful. Anyone that doesn't vote for this is a refugee! Whatever that means.

My father used to play this song a lot when I was growing up. Just rediscovered it about twenty years on. Fantastic song.

You can catch his classic voice and how he can master it to weave in and out of the background style

Flawless songwriting, passionate performance, simply one of the greatest songs ever

8 You Don't Know How It Feels You Don't Know How It Feels Cover Art

"So let's get to the point, let's roll another joint, lets head on down the road, there's somewhere I gotta go, you don't know how it feels" Love it!

Great direct delivery and perfect drum sound in a room.

Historic technology brought main stream. Brilliant.

classic petty -- disaffected and defiant.

"People come, people go
Some grow young, some grow cold
I woke up in between
A memory and a dream

And you don't know how it feels"

9 The Waiting The Waiting Cover Art

This deserves the top spot, it's been covered by so many great musicians, check out the one with Eddie Vedder, even tom petty was impressed.

My favorite Petty song... the riff, lyrics, solo, and chorus should put this at about #6... at least

Crazy under rated song. This song is one of the best songs I have ever heard!

I began listening to Tom in November 2017. My school was practicing “Free Fallin’” for our choir so I asked my Dad to play a song by him, so he went to our Alexa and played my now-favorite Tom song. It’s lyrics tell a story of a man in true pain. “Free Fallin’” is a beautiful song but “The Waiting” truly got me hooked

10 Don't Come Around Here No More Don't Come Around Here No More Cover Art

Classic tune for the ages. Is it his best song. I think so. Should it be in his top ten? Everyone else should most definitely think so.

If this song needs to work it's way into a top ten, you know you are dealing with a great musician.

This song is so awesome. Also, has anyone seen the music video? It's an Alice in Wonderland thing where Alice turns into a big cake that everybody eats at the end. Talk about a way to make a song memorable.

From its opening drums followed by guitar twang this song paints a surreal picture, made ever more dream-like with its music video (watch the video! ). This song is a keeper on my top ten Tom Petty list.

Free fallin is more of a masterpiece. This song feels more epic though

The Contenders

11 Breakdown Breakdown Cover Art

Ever since I got the greatest hits album, I have been in love with all the songs on it. But since you can only chose 1, Breakdown is a classic.

This song is the definition of cool, smooth, soft rock at its best! And tom 's vocals are awesome in this!

Miss you, tom

12 Into the Great Wide Open Into the Great Wide Open Cover Art

The music video was awesome, with Johnny Depp as the aspiring musician Eddie and Lauren Hutton as the cougar with connections who makes him a star.

The only Tom Petty song that truly approaches something beyond standard classic rock fare. Definitely deserves to be far higher up on the list.

Has got to be the most underrated Tom Petty song. Chorus is amazing and reminds me of the free wilderness.

13 You Got Lucky

The most underrated Tom Petty song by far. Should be in top 3.

The only song I like by Tom Petty.

My favorite Petty tune.

14 I Need to Know I Need to Know Cover Art

Classic rock song by Tom Petty. I need to Know is his best songs.

My favorite next to listen to her heart, for my own reasons

Short and to the point. Good rocking beat. Poweful

15 Listen to Her Heart Listen to Her Heart Cover Art

This song should be number 2 not 10 its really its in guitar hero 6 love the singing and guitar solo

Love this song should be number 2 vote this one up good guitar bass drum and singing

You’re Gonna Get It! is not exactly Petty’s magnum opus, however, no song on this record even compares to the legacy of “Listen To Her Heart,” except for maybe the exuberant rocker “I Need To Know.”

16 You Wreck Me You Wreck Me Cover Art

You don't like this? It's fast, its smooth, its everything

Definitely one of his top 10; I'd think #5 myself.

Perfect rock and roll

I love this song

17 Don't Do Me Like That Don't Do Me Like That Cover Art

This is a great Tom Petty Pop Song. Feel good and upbeat.

Shocked at the low position of this one.

Top 5 Tom Petty song for sure!

The best for sure

18 Here Comes My Girl Here Comes My Girl Cover Art

A love song that is unapologetically from a man's perspective. In a life filled with struggle, all he needs is her with him to carry on. Plus, he likes her "walk" and wants others to know she belongs to him. Beautiful in it's simplicity. Musically dynamic, vocally expressive, and great to sing along to as well. This, my friends, is a great song!

19 Even the Losers Even the Losers Cover Art

Really? The only way this isn't in the top three is if most of the voters here were born after 1985. Listen to it once for the musicality; a second time for the lyric; a third time for the "Wow, this is my life's anthem! " epiphany to hit you.

"It was nearly last summer we sat on your roof we smoked cigarettes and we stared at the moon" Just the regulars guy anthem excellent song.

Underdog anthem... my life story

20 I Should Have Known It I Should Have Known It Cover Art
21 It's Good to Be King It's Good to Be King Cover Art

Clearly, my all time favorite

22 Change of Heart Change of Heart Cover Art

Best. Petty song. Ever. So underplayed, so underrated. Classic Tom Petty sound, his unique whiny phrasing, and bittersweet lyrics. If you don't like this song, there's something wrong with you.

Incredible song. I could play this song over and over again. Great vocals, soft but hard and classic Petty vocals. It's fun, intelligent and just rocks!

This song is fantastic. Catchy, with great guitar sound. Way underrated.

Tom petty really rocks on this song completely underrated

23 The Last DJ The Last DJ Cover Art

How is this not on the list!? It is a great poppy song that has to be at least in the top 15!

24 Rebels Rebels Cover Art

I love "Rebels." Literally nothing on this song is able to be considered bad in the slightest way. From the guitar to bass to drums to the sax that comes in and Petty's quintessentially Southern lyrics. I think "Honey Don't walk out, I'm too drunk to follow..." and so on is an amazing opening verse. That chorus is also amazing "Hey hey hey (Hey hey hey) I was born a rebel.." "Rebels is both an amazing tribute to the South, and a song that makes it an epic addition to Tom Petty's repertoire as a whole.

By far Pettys best song. If
You are from the South, it just speaks to your younger days.

25 A Woman in Love (It's Not Me) A Woman in Love (It's Not Me) Cover Art

Really under appreciated Tom Petty song. One of my favorites.

How can this not be on the list? Definitely one of his top ten!

By far my favorite Tom Petty song

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