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, stayed with the band for the next twenty years. Scott Thurston joined the band as a multi-instrumentalist, mostly rhythm guitar and second keyboards, in 1991. 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.

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 RatingReleases
1976 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 9
1978 You’re Gonna Get It! 3 7
1979 Damn the Torpedoes 18
1981 Hard Promises 9
1982 Long After Dark 9
1985 Southern Accents 7
1987 Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) 6
1991 Into the Great Wide Open 4 9
1999 Echo 6
2002 The Last DJ 5
2010 Mojo 6
2014 Hypnotic Eye 4
April 11, 1999 Irving Plaza 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1993 Greatest Hits 4 8
1995 Playback 1
1995 Playback Retail Sampler 1
2000 Anthology: Through the Years 1
2010 Greatest Hits 1
2015 Nobody’s Children 2
2015 Through the Cracks 1
2016 The Complete Studio Albums Volume 1 (1976-1991) 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1992 Learning to Fly: Into the Great Wide Open Tour - USA '91 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1978 Tearjerker 1
1985 Pack Up the Plantation: Live! 5
1990 Live USA 1
1991 Running Down a Dream 1
1993 Southern Accents in the Sunshine State 1
1993 USA 1992 1
2009 The Live Anthology 5 5
2010 Live on Air 1
2011 Kiss My Amps Live 1
2014 The New York Shuffle 1
1991-11-24: Into the Great Live Open: Oakland, CA, USA 1
1997-02-07: San Francisco, CA, USA 1
1999-08-03: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA 1
2003-04-19: The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL, USA 1
Live in Gainesville 1
Live USA, Volume 2 1
The Fillmore 20th Night 1
Welcome to Your Dreams (live) 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title RatingReleases
1996 Songs and Music From the Motion Picture “She’s the One” 3
2007 Runnin' Down a Dream - Soundtrack 1


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

Single + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2004 Born in Chicago / Red Rooster 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1993 Something in the Air 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
Straight Into Darkness : 1982-12-04, Utrecht, Netherlands 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1977 Official Live 'Leg 1
2003 Bad Girl Boogie 1
2010 Mojo Tour 2010 1

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