Tom Petty's Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits

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

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.

  1. 20

    "Here Comes My Girl" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Hot 100 Peak: No. 59 | Peak Date: 5/24/1980

  2. 19

    "Make It Better (Forget About Me)" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Hot 100 Peak: No. 54 | Peak Date: 7/6/1985

  3. 18

    "A Face in the Crowd" by Tom Petty Hot 100 Peak: No. 46 | Peak Date: 3/24/1990

  4. 17

    "I Need to Know" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Hot 100 Peak: No. 41 | Peak Date: 8/5/1978

  5. 16

    "Needles and Pins" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers with Stevie Nicks Hot 100 Peak: No. 37 | Peak Date: 3/1/1986

  6. 15

    "Breakdown" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Hot 100 Peak: No. 40 | Peak Date: 2/18/1978

  7. 14

    "Learning to Fly" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Hot 100 Peak: No. 28 | Peak Date: 8/24/1991

  8. 13

    "Change of Heart" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Hot 100 Peak: No. 21 | Peak Date: 4/2/1983

  9. 12

    "The Waiting" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Hot 100 Peak: No. 19 | Peak Date: 6/13/1981

  10. 11

    "Jammin' Me" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Hot 100 Peak: No. 18 | Peak Date: 6/20/1987

  11. 10

    "Runnin' Down a Dream" by Tom Petty Hot 100 Peak: No. 23 | Peak Date: 9/23/1989

  12. 9

    "Mary Jane's Last Dance" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Hot 100 Peak: No. 14 | Peak Date: 3/19/1994

  13. 8

    "Refugee" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Hot 100 Peak: No. 15 | Peak Date: 3/15/1980

  14. 7

    "You Got Lucky" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Hot 100 Peak: No. 20 | Peak Date: 1/29/1983

  15. 6

    "You Don't Know How It Feels" by Tom Petty Hot 100 Peak: No. 13 | Peak Date: 2/4/1995

  16. 5

    "Don't Come Around Here No More" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Hot 100 Peak: No. 13 | Peak Date: 5/18/1985

  17. 4

    "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty Hot 100 Peak: No. 12 | Peak Date: 7/1/1989

  18. 3

    "Don't Do Me Like That" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Hot 100 Peak: No. 10 | Peak Date: 2/2/1980

  19. 2

    "Free Fallin'" by Tom Petty Hot 100 Peak: No. 7 | Peak Date: 1/27/1990

  20. 1

    "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" by Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Hot 100 Peak: No. 3 | Peak Date: 9/5/1981