Refugee (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song)

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"Refugee"
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"
(1979)
"Refugee"
(1980)
"Here Comes My Girl"
(1980)

"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]

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
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

References[edit]

  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'". Spinner.com. 
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – 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. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Refugee". Top 40 Singles.