Greatest Hits (Tom Petty album)

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Greatest Hits
TomPettyGreatestHits.jpg
Original album cover
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedNovember 16, 1993 (1993-11-16)
Recorded1976–1993
GenreRock, heartland rock
Length65:17
Label
Producer
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers chronology
Into the Great Wide Open
(1991)
Greatest Hits
(1993)
Wildflowers
(1994)
Alternative cover
Replacement cover, since 2008
Replacement cover, since 2008
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "Mary Jane's Last Dance"
    Released: November 16, 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Blender5/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Consumer GuideA–[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA+[5]
The Essential Rock Discography9/10[6]
MusicHound4.5/5[7]
Q4/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4.5/5 stars[9]

Greatest Hits is a compilation album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released in 1993. It is Petty's best-selling album to date and was certified 12× Platinum by the RIAA on April 28, 2015. The single "Mary Jane's Last Dance" became one of Petty's most popular songs, reaching No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The other new song on the album is a cover of the Thunderclap Newman hit "Something in the Air". The album contains no songs from 1987's Let Me Up (I've Had Enough). However, three songs from Petty's 1989 solo album Full Moon Fever were included.

On its original release in November 1993, the album debuted at No. 8 on Billboard 200,[10] and first peaked at No. 5 on the chart in February 1994.[11] It reached a new peak of No. 2 following Petty's death in 2017.[12]

The new tracks "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and "Something in the Air" were the band's last recordings with drummer Stan Lynch.

Reissues[edit]

In 2008, Greatest Hits was reissued by Geffen Records. This edition replaced "Something In The Air" with "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around", Petty's duet with Stevie Nicks from her 1981 album Bella Donna. The album's photos & artwork replaced the Wildflowers and Into the Great Wide Open session photos with outtakes from You're Gonna Get It!. In 2010 the album was once again reissued, this time reverting to the original 1993 track listing but keeping the artwork from the 2008 edition. In 2016 the album was made available on vinyl for the first time since 1993.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original album/notesLength
1."American Girl"Tom PettyTom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 19763:33
2."Breakdown"PettyTom Petty and the Heartbreakers2:44
3."Listen to Her Heart"PettyYou're Gonna Get It!, 19783:03
4."I Need to Know"PettyYou're Gonna Get It!2:24
5."Refugee"Petty, Mike CampbellDamn the Torpedoes, 19793:21
6."Don't Do Me Like That"PettyDamn the Torpedoes2:42
7."Even the Losers"PettyDamn the Torpedoes3:38
8."Here Comes My Girl"Petty, CampbellDamn the Torpedoes4:25
9."The Waiting"PettyHard Promises, 19814:00
10."You Got Lucky"Petty, CampbellLong After Dark, 19823:36
11."Don't Come Around Here No More"Petty, David A. StewartSouthern Accents, 19855:04
12."I Won't Back Down"Petty, Jeff LynneFull Moon Fever, 19892:57
13."Runnin' Down a Dream"Petty, Lynne, CampbellFull Moon Fever4:23
14."Free Fallin'"Petty, LynneFull Moon Fever4:15
15."Learning to Fly"Petty, LynneInto the Great Wide Open, 19914:01
16."Into the Great Wide Open"Petty, LynneInto the Great Wide Open3:44
17."Mary Jane's Last Dance"PettyNew song4:33
18."Something in the Air"Speedy KeenThunderclap Newman cover3:21
Total length:65:44
2008 reissue
No.TitleWriter(s)Original album/notesLength
18."Stop Draggin' My Heart Around"Petty, CampbellStevie Nicks' Bella Donna, 19814:03
Total length:66:26

"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" replaces "Something In The Air" on the 2008 reissue.

The U.K. release also includes the track "Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll", originally from the album Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, as track 3, with all subsequent tracks in the same order. The 2008 reissue has the same track listing as the American release.

Personnel[edit]

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

  • Tom Petty – vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica, percussion (all tracks)
  • Mike Campbell – guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, squeeze box (all tracks)
  • Benmont Tench – keyboards, piano, backing vocals (tracks 1-11, 15-18)
  • Ron Blair – bass guitar (tracks 1-8)
  • Howie Epstein – bass guitar, backing vocals (tracks 10-12, 15-18)
  • Stan Lynch – drums, percussion, backing vocals (tracks 1-11, 15-18)

Additional musicians

  • George Harrison – acoustic guitar, backing vocals (track 12)
  • Jeff Lynne – bass guitar, guitar, guitar synthesizer, piano, keyboards, backing vocals (tracks 12–16)
  • David A. Stewart – sitar, keyboards, backing vocals (track 11)

Uncredited musicians

  • Donald "Duck" Dunn – bass guitar (track 18, 2008 release)
  • Dean Garciaintro bass guitar (track 11)
  • Phil Jones – percussion, drums (tracks 12–14)
  • Jeff Jourard – guitar (track 2)
  • Jim Keltner – percussion (track 5)
  • Stevie Nicks – co-lead vocals (track 18, 2008 release)
  • Lori Perry, Sharon Celani - backing vocals (track 18, 2008 release)
  • Daniel Rothmuller – cello (track 11)
  • Phil Seymour – backing vocals (tracks 1–2)
  • Chris Trujillo – percussion (tracks 17–18)
  • Alan "Bugs" Weidel – "wild dog" piano (track 11)
  • Sharon Celani, Marilyn Martin, Stephanie Sprull – backing vocals (track 11)

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Germany (BVMI)[39] Gold 250,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[40] 4× Platinum 60,000double-dagger
Norway (IFPI Norway)[41] Gold 25,000*
Sweden (GLF)[42] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[43] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[44] 12× Platinum 12,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Europe October 30, 1993 MCA Records double LP MCA 10964
Cassette MCC 10964
CD MCD 10964
North America November 16, 1993 Cassette MCAC 10813
CD MCAD 10813
May 20, 2008 Geffen Records B0010327-02
Europe 1774395

See also[edit]

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