Refugee (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song)

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Single by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
from the album Damn the Torpedoes
B-side It's Rainin' Again
Released January 11, 1980 (1980-01-11)
Format 7"
Recorded 1979
Genre Blues rock
Length 3:25
Label Backstreet
Writer(s) Tom Petty, Mike Campbell
Producer(s) Jimmy Iovine, Tom Petty
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers singles chronology
"Don't Do Me Like That"
"Here Comes My Girl"

"Refugee" is a song recorded by American rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It was released in January 1980 as the second single from their album Damn the Torpedoes. It peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1980.[1] The song is in compound AABA form.[2]

Notable covers[edit]

It was covered by Melissa Etheridge in 2005 for her Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled album, and reached No. 96 on the Billboard Pop 100.[citation needed] Other versions have been done by Vains of Jenna, Alvin and the Chipmunks,[3] and The Gaslight Anthem.[4]



Chart (1980) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 23
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[6] 24
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 15


  1. ^ Joel Whitburn, Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles: 1955-2010, Record Research, 2011.
  2. ^ Covach, John (2005), "Form in Rock Music: A Primer", in Stein, Deborah, Engaging Music: Essays in Music Analysis, New York: Oxford University Press, p.74-75, ISBN 0-19-517010-5 .
  3. ^ Chipmunk Punk Allmusic. Retrieved 10 July 2011
  4. ^ Baltlin, Steve (February 15, 2010). "A Look Back at the Knack's 'My Sharona'". 
  5. ^ " – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Refugee" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  7. ^ " – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Refugee". Top 40 Singles.