Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (album)

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 9, 1976 (1976-11-09)
StudioShelter Studio, Hollywood, CA
ProducerDenny Cordell
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers chronology
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Official Live 'Leg
Singles from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  1. "Breakdown"
    Released: 1976
  2. "American Girl"
    Released: February 1977
  3. "Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll"
    Released: April 1977 (UK only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Blender4/5 stars[3]
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars[4]
Robert ChristgauB+[5]
The Essential Rock Discography6/10[6]
MusicHound3/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[9]
The Daily VaultA-[10]

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is the debut album by the band of the same name, released on November 9, 1976 by Shelter Records.

Initially following its release, the album received little attention in the United States. Following a British tour, it climbed to No. 24 on the UK albums chart and the single "Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll" became a hit in the UK. After nearly a year and many positive reviews, the album reached the U.S. charts, where it peaked at No. 55 in 1978 and eventually went Gold. The single "Breakdown" cracked the Top 40 in the U.S. and "American Girl" became one of the band's signature songs.[11]

The album was recorded and mixed at the Shelter Studio in Hollywood, California.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tom Petty, except where noted.

Side one
1."Rockin' Around (With You)"Petty, Mike Campbell2:29
2."Breakdown" 2:43
3."Hometown Blues" 2:14
4."The Wild One, Forever" 3:03
5."Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll" 2:24
Side two
6."Strangered in the Night"3:34
7."Fooled Again (I Don't Like It)"3:50
8."Mystery Man"3:03
10."American Girl"3:34


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Additional musicians


  1. ^ Gilmore, Mikal. "Tom Petty's rock fervor" Rolling Stone June 30, 1977: 33 "We ain't no punk band, we ain't folk rock, jazz rock, or any of that bullshit. Just rock, and we don't put no other name on it than that. We'd be stupid if we did."
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at AllMusic. Retrieved 3 January 2005.
  3. ^ Blender review Archived June 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Kot, Greg (September 1, 1991). "Through The Years With Tom Petty". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  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.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Kandell, Steve (10 October 2017). "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers". Pitchfork. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  9. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). "Tom Petty > Album Guide". The Rolling Stone Album Guide. London: Fireside. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 13 September 2011.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  10. ^ Warburg, Jason (2019). "The Daily Vault Music Reviews : Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers". Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel. Rock Tracks (2002): 331

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