Following the news of Tom Petty's passing at the age of 66, Sinead Brennan chooses some of the singer-songwriter's best songs from a career that spanned over four decades.

American Girl, 1977

The second single to be released from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' self-titled debut album. It was ranked 76th on the list of "The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time" by Rolling Stone.


Stop Draggin' My Heart Around, 1981

Petty collaborated with Stevie Nicks on this track that featured on her album Bella Donna. Nicks supported Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at their 40th anniversary Hyde Park concert in London this year and later joined him onstage for a performance of their duet. 

Free Fallin', 1989

The most successful single from his debut solo album, Full Moon Fever.

Mary Jane's Last Dance, 1993

Petty recorded Mary Jane's Last Dance while working on his solo 1994 album Wildflowers, though it features on the Heartbreakers' Greatest Hits record. It became Petty's first Billboard Top 20 hit of the 1990s.

Something in the Air, 1994

Petty's cover of the Thunderclap Newman track featured on the Heartbreakers' 1993 Greatest Hits CD.

Learning to Fly, 1991

Featuring on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Into the Great Wide Open album, Learning to Fly became a huge hit for the iconic band.

Refugee, 1980

Refugee features on the triple platinum-selling third album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers; Damn the Torpedoes. The album was ranked number 313 by Rolling Stone magazine in its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

I Won't Back Down, 1989

The first single from Petty's solo album Full Moon Fever.

Tweeter and the Monkey Man, 1989

Featuring on the Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, the first record from the supergroup featuring Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne, the song sees Bob Dylan take lead vocals, with Harrison crediting Petty and Dylan for writing the song in a documentary about the band; The True History of the Traveling Wilburys.

Listen to Her Heart, 1978

Petty started playing Listen to Her Heart live as early as 1977, with it then becoming the second single from his second album as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers; You're Gonna Get It!