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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is an American rock band from Gainesville, Florida. In 1976, the band's original lineup was Tom Petty as the primary vocalist and guitar player, Mike Campbell as the lead guitarist, Ron Blair on bass, Stan Lynch on drums, and Benmont Tench on keyboards. The band has largely maintained this lineup, with a few exceptions. In 1982, Blair, who was tired of the touring lifestyle, left the band. Blair's replacement, Howie Epstein, was with the band for the next twenty years. When Epstein died in 2002, Blair returned to the Heartbreakers. In 1994, Lynch, who left the band, was replaced by Curt Bisquera and Steve Ferrone.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were on the forefront of the heartland rock movement, alongside artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Bob Seger, which arose in the late 1970s and 1980s. The genre eschews the synthesizer-based music and fashion elements being popularized in the 1980s, such as synthpop and New Romanticism in favor of a straightforward classic rock sound and lyrics based on relatable, blue collar issues. Petty and the Heartbreakers are known for hit singles such as "American Girl", "Breakdown", "The Waiting", "Learning to Fly", "Refugee" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance". While the heartland rock movement fizzled in the 1990s, the band remained active and popular. They still tour regularly and continue to record albums. Their most recent, Hypnotic Eye, was released on July 25, 2014. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time.

Although most of their material is produced and performed under the name "The Heartbreakers", Petty has released three solo albums, the most successful being 1989's Full Moon Fever. In these releases, members of the band contributed as studio musicians.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 5
1978 You’re Gonna Get It! Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 3 3
1979 Damn the Torpedoes Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 3 14
1981 Hard Promises Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 4
1982 Long After Dark Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 4
1985 Southern Accents Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 5
1987 Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 4
1991 Into the Great Wide Open Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 4 4
1999 Echo Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 3
2002 The Last DJ Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 3
2010 Mojo Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 4
2014 Hypnotic Eye Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Greatest Hits Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 4 4
1995 Playback Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1
2000 Anthology: Through the Years Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1
2008 Greatest Hits Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1
2009 The Live Anthology Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Pack Up the Plantation: Live! Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 2
1991 Running Down a Dream Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1
2009 The Live Anthology Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 2
2010 Live on Air Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1
2011 Kiss My Amps Live Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1
Live USA, Volume 2 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Songs and Music From the Motion Picture “She’s the One” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 2
2007 Runnin' Down a Dream - Soundtrack Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1
1978 (She’s Gonna) Listen to Her Heart (It’s Gonna Tell Her What to Do) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 2
1979 Don’t Do Me Like That Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 2
1979 Here Comes My Girl Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 2
1980 Refugee Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 2
1991 Learning to Fly Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1
1992 King's Highway Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1
1992 Too Good to Be True Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 2
1993 Mary Jane's Last Dance Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 4 3
1997 Walls Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 2
Room at the Top Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Something in the Air Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1

Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Bad Girl Boogie Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1
2010 Mojo Tour 2010 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1

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