Top Ten Best Tom Petty Songs

The Top Ten

1 Free Fallin'

This song is my favorite soft song. The guitar PLAYED IN THIS SONG IS AWESOME

I think he was high when he sang this, oh wait, he was always high... lol

This song rocks... and its the first song I played on my guitar too...

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

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2 Runnin' Down a Dream

all you need to know about this song is that it was played at the Super Bowl

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!

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

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3 Mary Jane's Last Dance

Mary Jane's last dance is a beatiful collection of rythms. Can not be outdone.

The best harmonica song

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.

Absolutely the best ever! Timeless.

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4 I Won't Back Down

Arguably the greatest Tom Petty Song ever

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

Most encouraging song of his and I'm listening to it right now in this world that keeps pushing me around I'm gonna stand my ground and I won't back down

Sam Smith made the most blatant rip-off ever to this song.

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5 American Girl

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...

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

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.

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6 Refugee

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.

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

Generally, I find his vocal so annoying. This song is the exception. It is wonderful!

Love this song

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7 Learning to Fly

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

Greatest Petty song ever, the message is perfect

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8 The Waiting

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

9 Breakdown

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!

10 You Don't Know How It Feels

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"

Great direct delivery and perfect drum sound in a room.

Historic technology brought main stream. Brilliant.

Great song. Nobody knows. Very meaningful words.

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The Contenders

11 I Need to Know

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

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12 Listen to Her Heart

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

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

13 Don't Come Around Here No More

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

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14 Into the Great Wide Open

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

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.

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

15 You Wreck Me

Perfect rock and roll

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

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

16 You Got Lucky

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

The only song I like by Tom Petty.

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17 Yer So Bad

This just has to be higher, no doubt

Best thing I ever had

18 Even the Losers

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.

19 Here Comes My Girl

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!

20 Don't Do Me Like That

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

Top 5 Tom Petty song for sure!

The best for sure


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1. Refugee
2. Runnin' Down a Dream
3. Free Fallin'
1. Mary Jane's Last Dance
2. Breakdown
3. Runnin' Down a Dream
1. Free Fallin'
2. Learning to Fly
3. Into the Great Wide Open

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