Ask your average wannabe rock star whose career they'd most want to trade with, and they'll say Tom Petty. If they're smart, anyway. Rather, his was a career you could take home to Mom: Relatively void of dizzying highs or petrifying lows, but dependable and rock-solid, liked and respected by nearly all and vilified by precious few. Petty died on Monday Oct. Petty released 10 albums between and and all of them were at least certified gold; his most recent, 's Hypnotic Eye , was the first Billboard topper of his career. He came up on '70s FM but still thrived in the '80s and '90s on MTV; he sold out arena shows until the day he died. OK, until 11 days before the day he died. Still pretty good. His life may not have always been as frictionless as his catalog -- he even kinda warned against assuming that it was in one of his biggest hits -- but his music never soured, and neither did his fans; Petty's ultimate legacy may be as proof that adult affability could be as magnetic a rock-star quality as animal charisma.
Rock icon Tom Petty was a steady presence on the Billboard Hot between the lates and mid-'90s, whether solo or with his long-running backing band The Heartbreakers. He charted more than two dozen songs on the tally, led by a trio of top 10s that reflected his cornerstone status on Billboard 's Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, arguably Petty's home base on the charts. He logged 10 Mainstream Rock Songs No. Petty also charted 12 top 10 albums on the Billboard , finally triumphing at No. His pre-Heartbreakers band Mudcrutch revived in the late s added two top 10s later in his career, most recently 's 2 No. Below is Billboard' s exclusive ranking of Petty's 20 biggest Hot hits, from his solo and Heartbreakers songs to collaborations with Stevie Nicks. Legend: This chart is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, certain eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates over various periods.
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Tom Petty , who died on Monday, was one of the quintessential American rock stars of the late 20th century. The remarkable streak of hit singles he wrote and recorded between and — mostly with his band, the Heartbreakers, but at times on his own or in collaboration with other artists — guaranteed that anyone who listened to the radio or turned on a television in those years knows at least a few of his songs by heart. But the accessibility of Mr. Here are 14 tracks that give a sense of the breadth of his catalog. The music is pure bar-band boogie, reflecting his journeyman years in Gainesville, Fla.
It covers his year span of studio albums with his beloved Heartbreakers, the best of his solo work and of course his time as a member of perhaps the most impromptu supergroup of them all, the Traveling Wilburys. With the group on hiatus, Petty assumed the guise of Charlie T. In , the Wilburys returned with the playfully-titled second album Vol. His voice may have been stilled, but his musical legacy will live long. Tom Petty you have been such an important influence in my life, your songs were there for me.