13 Lesser Known Tom Petty Classics You Should Add to Your Playlist

UPDATE October 2, 3:26 p.m. EST: TMZ is reporting that Tom Petty was rushed to the hospital Sunday night, apparently not breathing and in full cardiac arrest. EMTs were able to get a pulse and placed him on life support.  Sadly TMZ is now reporting that "after Petty got to the hospital he had no brain activity and a decision was made to pull life support."

UPDATE October 3, 12:13 a.m.EST: It turns out the TMZ report about Petty's passing may have been premature. However, the AP is now reporting that, according to Petty's spokesman, Petty has died.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Petty's loved ones. In his honor, we present this walk down memory lane with some of his great classics.



As Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers begin their 40th-anniversary tour in April, how many of you know that Petty recently released his best album in nearly 20 years?  Or more importantly, that there was a LOT of good stuff during those two decades.

I caught them in concert in 2010, and despite them playing for three hours (with only 15 minutes from their new album), we still left the show rattling off the favorites he didn’t get to— like he played nothing from Hard Promises, considered one of the all-time classic rock albums.

Nobody—and I mean nobody—has recorded more good songs than Tom Petty—68 singles released, and at least four times that many great songs that weren’t. Pretty much anyone can name a dozen Petty songs they consider classics.

He’s an all-American original who is a legitimate legend—and still manages to be underrated. Maybe that's because he and his outstanding band mates just make it look so easy.

So here is a baker’s dozen of songs that weren’t big singles that you should have on your playlist, starting with the most recent.

13. American Dream Plan B (Hypnotic Eye, 2014)

A perfectly timed song about young ambition in which a young man declares:

Well, my mama so sad

Daddy’s just mad

‘Cause I ain't gonna have the chance he had

My success is anybody’s guess

But like a fool, I’m bettin’ on happiness

He decides that even if people are right that the American Dream is a “political scheme,” he’s “gonna find out for myself some day.”

Optimistic and gritty, this is an anthem for today.