RELEASE
November 16, 1993
LABEL
MCA
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Album Rock, Rock & Roll, Hard Rock, Heartland Rock, Bar Band, Pop

Album Review

Greatest Hits is a lean yet complete overview of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' biggest singles from their first prime. Sure, it's possible to pinpoint a few great songs missing, but the group had a lot of great songs during the late '70s and '80s. This rounds up the biggest hits from that era, and in doing so, it turns into a succinct summary of the band at the top of its game. Everything from "American Girl" to "Free Fallin'" is included, with 16 tracks proving that Petty was one of the best rockers of his time. [The 2008 revamp swapped out a cover of Thunderclap Newman's "Something in the Air" that was added to the 1993 comp as collector bait for fans, and substitutes Petty's duet with Stevie Nicks, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." This trade signals how the 2008 Greatest Hits is designed as a catalog album, whereas the 1993 Greatest Hits was expected to scale the charts -- which it did thanks to "Mary Jane's Last Dance," the other new song on the original comp that turned into an actual hit and is retained on this 2008 makeover.]
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. An American Girl
  2. Breakdown
  3. Listen to Her Heart
  4. I Need to Know
  5. Refugee
  6. Don't Do Me Like That
  7. Even the Losers
  8. Here Comes My Girl
  9. The Waiting
  10. You Got Lucky
  11. Don't Come Around Here No More
  12. I Won't Back Down
  13. Runnin' Down a Dream
  14. Free Fallin'
  15. Learning to Fly
  16. Into the Great Wide Open
  17. Mary Jane's Last Dance [#]
  18. Something in the Air [#]