Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are an American rock band from Gainesville, Florida. In 1976, the band's original lineup was Tom Petty as the lead singer 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 1981, 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. Blair returned to the Heartbreakers in 2002, the year before Epstein's death. In 1994, Steve Ferrone replaced Lynch.

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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 The Wild Heart Stevie Nicks 8
1991 La Freeway Various Artists 1
1996 Go Cat Go! Carl Perkins 3 2
2009 Guitar Hero 5 Various Artists 1

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1989 Rock of America Various Artists 2
1991 Absolute Music 12 Various Artists 2 1
1991 Formel Eins: Direct Hits! Various Artists 2
1991 Internationale Hits 91 Various Artists 1
1991 Legends of Guitar: Rock: The '70s, Volume One Various Artists 1
1991 Rock Guitar Legends Vol2 Various Artists 1
1991 The Best of the Old Grey Whistle Test Various Artists 1
1992 Pop Giganten: Hits der 70er, Vol. 2 Various Artists 2
1992 A Very Special Christmas 2 Various Artists 2
1992 Midnight Rock Various Artists 2
1992 Radio Xanadu Classic Rock Various Artists 1
1992 Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy: Rock Classics of the ’70s & ’80s Various Artists 3
1992 Rock Affairs Various Artists 1
1992 Rock Busters, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1993 The Rolling Stone Collection: 25 Years of Essential Rock Various Artists 2
1993 Pop Giganten: Hits der 80er, Volume I Various Artists 5 1
1993 Show No Mercy Various Artists 1
1995 The Sound of Fashion, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1995 Live in America Various Artists 1
1995 Sounds of the Eighties: The Rolling Stone Collection 1980–1981 Various Artists 1
1995 Sounds of the Eighties: The Rolling Stone Collection 1983–1985 Various Artists 1
1995 Wild Rock 2 Various Artists 1
1996 Kuschelrock 10 Various Artists 1
1997 KFOG: Live From The Archives 4 Various Artists 1
1997 Most Wanted Rock 3 Various Artists 1
1997 The Ultimate Rock Collection: Gold and Platinum Various Artists 1
2001 A Very Special Christmas 5 Various Artists 1
2001 Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records Various Artists 1
2004 Legends: Ultimate Rock Collection: We Will Rock You Various Artists 1
2005 While My Guitar Gently Weeps III Various Artists 1
2007 Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino Various Artists 2
2007 The Ultimate Love Songs Collection Various Artists 1
2007 The Ultimate Love Songs Collection, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2008 Four Christmases Various Artists 1
2012 The Old Grey Whistle Test: Live Various Artists 1
2012 A Very Special Christmas: 25 Years Various Artists 3
2013 40 ans, les nocturnes Georges Lang Various Artists 1
2013 The Old Grey Whistle Test: The Anthems Various Artists 1
2013 ICON Edition: A Very Special Christmas Various Artists 1
A List Various Artists 1
Rock ’n’ Romance Various Artists 1
That’s Live, Vol. 2 Various Artists 1
The Golden Collection 1 & 2 Various Artists 1
The Secret Behind Santa Various Artists 1
TM Century: GoldDisc 182 Various Artists 1
TM Century: GoldDisc 263 Various Artists 1

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