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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are an American rock band from Gainesville, Florida. They were formed in 1976 by Tom Petty, the band's primary vocalist and guitar player, and also consisted of Mike Campbell as the lead guitarist, Ron Blair on bass, Stan Lynch on drums, and Benmont Tench on keyboards. Line-up changes have been few and far between, with Howie Epstein being the bassist from 1982 to 2002 when Blair tired of the touring lifestyle, only to replace Epstein again in 2002 upon his death, and Lynch leaving in 1994 and being replaced by Curt Bisquera and Steve Ferrone.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were one of the bands on the forefront of the heartland rock movement, alongside bands 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 the synth pop and New Romanticism in favor of straightforward classic rock sound that discussed 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 into the 1990s, the band remained active and popular, and they still tour regularly and continue to record albums, their most recent, Mojo, was released on June 15, 2010. 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. The band plans to release new material in 2014 as well.

Although most of their material is produced and performed under the name "The Heartbreakers", Petty himself has released three solo albums, the most successful being 1989's Full Moon Fever, although even in these releases, members of the band still tend to contribute as studio musicians.

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1983 The Wild Heart Stevie Nicks 8
1996 Go Cat Go! Carl Perkins 1
2012 A Very Special Christmas: 25 Years Various Artists 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1989 Rock of America Compilation Various Artists 2
1991 Absolute Music 12 Compilation Various Artists 2 1
1991 Formel Eins: Direct Hits! Compilation Various Artists 2
1991 Internationale Hits 91 Compilation Various Artists 1
1991 Legends of Guitar: Rock: The '70s, Volume One Compilation Various Artists 1
1991 The Best of the Old Grey Whistle Test Compilation Various Artists 1
1992 Pop Giganten: Hits der 70er, Volume 2 Compilation Various Artists 2
1992 A Very Special Christmas 2 Compilation Various Artists 2
1992 Midnight Rock Compilation Various Artists 2
1992 Radio Xanadu Classic Rock Compilation Various Artists 1
1992 Rock Affairs Compilation Various Artists 1
1992 Rock Busters, Volume 2 Compilation Various Artists 1
1993 Pop Giganten: Hits der 80er, Volume I Compilation Various Artists 5 1
1993 The Rolling Stone Collection: 1977-1982 Compilation Various Artists 1
1995 The Sound of Fashion, Volume 3 Compilation Various Artists 1
1995 Live in America Compilation Various Artists 1
1995 Sounds of the Eighties: The Rolling Stone Collection 1983-1985 Compilation Various Artists 1
1995 Wild Rock 2 Compilation Various Artists 1
1996 Kuschelrock 10 Compilation Various Artists 1
1997 KFOG Live From the Archives 4 Compilation Various Artists 1
1997 Most Wanted Rock 3 Compilation Various Artists 1
2000 Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy: Rock Classics of the '70s & '80s Compilation Various Artists 1
2001 A Very Special Christmas 5 Compilation Various Artists 1
2001 Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 While My Guitar Gently Weeps III Compilation Various Artists 1
2007 Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino Compilation Various Artists 2
2007 The Ultimate Love Songs Collection Compilation Various Artists 1
2007 The Ultimate Love Songs Collection, Volume 2 Compilation Various Artists 1
2008 Four Christmases Compilation Various Artists 1
2008 The Best Classic Rock: Speed Session Compilation Various Artists 1
2012 The Old Grey Whistle Test: Live Compilation Various Artists 1
2013 40 ans, les nocturnes Georges Lang Compilation Various Artists 1
A List Compilation Various Artists 1
Legends: Ultimate Rock Collection: We Will Rock You Compilation Various Artists 1
Rock ’n’ Romance Compilation Various Artists 1
The Golden Collection 1 & 2 Compilation Various Artists 1
The Ultimate Rock Album Compilation Various Artists 1
The Ultimate Rock Collection: Gold and Platinum, Volume 3: 1974-1979 Compilation Various Artists 1
TM Century: GoldDisc 182 Compilation Various Artists 1
TM Century: GoldDisc 263 Compilation Various Artists 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1980 No Nukes Live Various Artists 2
1993 Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration Live Various Artists 3
2001 America: A Tribute to Heroes Live Various Artists 2
2003 Concert for George Live Various Artists 2
2003 ONXRT: Live From the Archives, Volume 6 Live Various Artists 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1978 FM Soundtrack Various Artists 2
1993 Home Alone Christmas Soundtrack Various Artists 1

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