Greatest Hits (Tom Petty album)

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Greatest Hits
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Greatest hits album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Released November 16, 1993 (1993-11-16)
Recorded 1976–1993
Genre Rock, heartland rock
Length 65:17
Label MCA, Geffen, UMe
Producer Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Denny Cordell, Jimmy Iovine, Jeff Lynne, Rick Rubin, Noah Shark, David A. Stewart
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers chronology
Into the Great Wide Open
(1991)Into the Great Wide Open1991
Greatest Hits
(1993)
Wildflowers
(1994)Wildflowers1994
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]
Robert ChristgauA–[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[10] 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,[11] and first peaked at No. 5 on the chart in February 1994.[12] It reached a new peak of No. 2 following Petty's death in 2017.[13]

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

Track listing[edit]

  1. "American Girl" (Tom Petty)  – 3:35
  2. "Breakdown" (Petty)  – 2:44
    • Originally released on the album Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  3. "Listen to Her Heart" (Petty)  – 3:05
  4. "I Need to Know" (Petty)  – 2:26
    • Originally released on the album You're Gonna Get It!
  5. "Refugee" (Petty, Mike Campbell)  – 3:25
  6. "Don't Do Me Like That" (Petty)  – 2:44
    • Originally released on the album Damn the Torpedoes
  7. "Even the Losers" (Edited version) (Petty)  – 3:35
    • Originally released on the album Damn the Torpedoes
  8. "Here Comes My Girl" (Petty, Campbell)  – 4:27
    • Originally released on the album Damn the Torpedoes
  9. "The Waiting" (Petty)  – 4:01
  10. "You Got Lucky" (Petty, Campbell)  – 3:38
  11. "Don't Come Around Here No More" (Petty, David A. Stewart)  – 5:07
  12. "I Won't Back Down" (Petty, Jeff Lynne)  – 2:59
  13. "Runnin' Down a Dream" (Petty, Lynne, Campbell)  – 4:25
    • Originally released on the album Full Moon Fever
  14. "Free Fallin'" (Petty, Lynne)  – 4:18
    • Originally released on the album Full Moon Fever
  15. "Learning to Fly" (Petty, Lynne)  – 4:05
  16. "Into the Great Wide Open" (Petty, Lynne)  – 3:45
    • Originally released on the album Into the Great Wide Open
  17. "Mary Jane's Last Dance" (Petty)  – 4:33
    • First release, 1993
  18. "Something in the Air" (Speedy Keen)  – 3:17

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.

A new version was released on May 20, 2008, replacing "Something in the Air" with "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around", Petty's duet with Stevie Nicks from her 1981 album Bella Donna. The album photos replaced the "Wildflowers" and "Into the Great Wide Open" session photos with out-takes from the You're Gonna Get It! album cover. The original album is available for download on iTunes. It was also reissued on March 9, 2010 reverting to the original 1993 track listing.

Personnel[edit]

The Heartbreakers[edit]

  • Tom Petty – vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica, percussion
  • Mike Campbell – guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, accordion
  • Benmont Tench – keyboards, piano, backing vocals
  • Ron Blair – bass guitar on tracks 1–7
  • Howie Epstein – bass guitar, backing vocals on 10–12 and 15–18
  • Stan Lynch – drums, percussion, backing vocals on tracks 1–11 and 15–18

Additional musicians[edit]

Credited

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

Uncredited

  • Phil Seymour – backing vocals on tracks 1–2
  • Jeff Jourard – guitar on track 2
  • Jim Keltner – percussion on track 5
  • Phil Jones – percussion on tracks 6–14, drums on tracks 12–14
  • Alan "Bugs" Weidel – "wild dog" piano on track 11
  • Dean Garciaintro bass guitar on track 11
  • Daniel Rothmuller – cello on track 11
  • Sharon Celani, Marilyn Martin, Stephanie Sprull – backing vocals on track 11
  • Chris Trujillo – percussion on tracks 17–18
  • Donald "Duck" Dunn – bass guitar on "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (2008 release)
  • Stevie Nicks – co-lead vocal on "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (2008 release)

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Germany (BVMI)[29] Gold 250,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[30] 4× Platinum 60,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[31] Gold 25,000*
Sweden (GLF)[32] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[33] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[34] 12× Platinum 12,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments 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]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Tom Petty: Greatest Hits". Blender. Archived from the original on June 15, 2008. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (ed.) (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th edn). London: Omnibus Press. p. 2005. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.
  5. ^ Sinclair, Tom (November 19, 1993). "Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Greatest Hits Review". Entertainment Weekly. p. 92. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
  6. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2006). The Essential Rock Discography. Edinburgh, UK: Canongate. p. 816. ISBN 978-1-84195-827-9.
  7. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 870. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.
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  30. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Greatest Hits". Recorded Music NZ.
  31. ^ "Norwegian album certifications – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Greatest Hits" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway.
  32. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat" (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Type Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers in the top right search bar. Click on "Sok" and select Greatest Hits and see certification.
  33. ^ "British album certifications – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Greatest Hits". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Enter Greatest Hits in the search field and then press Enter.
  34. ^ "American album certifications – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.