Tom Petty

Tom Petty photographed by Joe Pugliese in his Malibu studio on June 26, 2014.

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Counting down Petty's 20 biggest smashes with the Heartbreakers and beyond

In the brand new Billboard cover story, the venerable Tom Petty discusses the passion, outrage and drive that birthed "Hypnotic Eye," his latest studio album and 13th with the Heartbreakers. It's a highly politicized album that he says recalls his earlier, more aggressive sound. Speaking of that early sound, Petty has been enjoying success on Billboard's charts -- the Hot 100, in particular -- since the mid 1970s. To mark the occasion, Billboard's chart historians dug deep into Petty's extensive catalog to come up with his 20 biggest hits, including his work with the Heartbreakers, on his own and with one very famous collaborator. Speaking of which, you may be surprised to hear which Petty-penned song made it to number one.

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Legend: This chart is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, certain eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates over various periods.

20

"Here Comes My Girl" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Hot 100 Peak: No. 59 | Peak Date: 5/24/1980

19

"Make It Better (Forget About Me)" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Hot 100 Peak: No. 54 | Peak Date: 7/6/1985

18

"A Face in the Crowd" by Tom Petty

Hot 100 Peak: No. 46 | Peak Date: 3/24/1990

17

"I Need to Know" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Hot 100 Peak: No. 41 | Peak Date: 8/5/1978

16

"Needles and Pins" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers with Stevie Nicks

Hot 100 Peak: No. 37 | Peak Date: 3/1/1986

15

"Breakdown" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Hot 100 Peak: No. 40 | Peak Date: 2/18/1978

14

"Learning to Fly" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Hot 100 Peak: No. 28 | Peak Date: 8/24/1991

13

"Change of Heart" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Hot 100 Peak: No. 21 | Peak Date: 4/2/1983

12

"The Waiting" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Hot 100 Peak: No. 19 | Peak Date: 6/13/1981

11

"Jammin' Me" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Hot 100 Peak: No. 18 | Peak Date: 6/20/1987

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Tom Petty's Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits: Which Made No. 1?