You Got Lucky

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"You Got Lucky"
Single by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
from the album Long After Dark
B-side "Between Two Worlds"
Released October 22, 1982
Format 7"
Recorded 1982
Genre Heartland rock
Length 3:38
Label Backstreet
Writer(s) Tom Petty, Mike Campbell
Producer(s) Tom Petty, Jimmy Iovine
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers singles chronology
"A Woman In Love (It's Not Me)"
"You Got Lucky"
"Change of Heart"

"You Got Lucky" is the first single from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' album Long After Dark. The song peaked at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart, where it stayed for three weeks at the end of 1982.

Music video[edit]

The official video for the single features Tom Petty and Mike Campbell arriving in a hovercar from the television series Logan's Run at a black tent in the desert. They find a radio/cassette player and turn it on, thus beginning the music, as the other band members, Howie Epstein, Benmont Tench, and Stan Lynch, arrive in a motorcycle and sidecar. Entering the tent, they turn on electricity for studio equipment and a bank of television sets, which features Tom & The Heartbreakers' videos from Here Comes My Girl and A Woman In Love (It's Not Me). Mike plays a guitar solo, Howie hits a jackpot on a slot machine, and Tom overturns an Astro Invader video game before they all ride away, leaving only behind the cassette player. The look of this short film echoes the postapocalyptic film Mad Max 2, released in 1981.

A clip from the Galactica 1980 episode "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I" plays on one of the televisions.


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982-1983) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 20
U.S. Billboard Top Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 30

Cover versions[edit]