Remembering Tom Petty

Remembering Tom Petty

Click here to listen to some of Tom Petty’s best songs.

Tom Petty, one of the greatest rock stars of all time, died on Monday, October 2. Petty left a lasting legacy of songs with his band the Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, and the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys, which also included Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne. Petty is a staple on classic rock radio stations, and many people have said he has no bad songs


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honored Petty by uploading a video of him and the Heartbreakers playing “American Girl.” Petty was inducted as a member of the Heartbreakers in 2002.

The NFL uploaded a video of Petty’s half-time performance at Super Bowl XLVII. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers performed “American Girl,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Free Fallin’,” and “Running Down a Dream.”

Petty was 91st on Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest artists of all time. Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac wrote a tribute to him for that piece. 100.7 WZLX, a well-known classic rock station in Boston, played Tom Petty songs for a day to honor him.

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