Tom Petty Becomes First Act to Posthumously Hit Top 10 Of Adult Alternative Songs Chart

Tom Petty, 2017
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Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performs on stage at Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena on Aug. 17, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. 

'Keep a Little Soul (Outtake, 1982)' rises 12-7.

Tom Petty returns to the top 10 of a Billboard songs chart, posthumously rising 12-7 on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs airplay list dated Aug. 4 with "Keep a Little Soul (Outtake, 1982)."

The first single from An American Treasure, a 60-song Petty box set due Sept. 28, makes the late legend the first artist in the history of the chart, which dates to 1996, to reach the top 10 posthumously. Petty died on Oct. 2, 2017 of mixed drug toxicity at age 66.

He isn't the only artist in recent memory to make the chart after passing. Most recently, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings reached No. 30 on the ranking dated Nov. 25, 2017, with "Matter of Time," a year after Jones' Nov. 18, 2016, death from cancer at age 60.

"Soul" is Petty's eighth Adult Alternative Songs top 10 (solo and with the Heartbreakers). He and the band had last reached the region with "U Get Me High" (No. 2, August 2014). His band Mudcrutch also hit the top 10 with "Scare Easy" (No. 6, June 2008).

Petty boasts four Adult Alternative Songs No. 1s: the solo "Saving Grace" (one week, 2006) and "Room at the Top" (four, 1999), "Walls" (two, 1996) and "Waiting for Tonight" (one, 1996) with the Heartbreakers.

"Soul" was originally recorded during the sessions for Petty and the Heartbreakers' fifth album, Long After Dark, which peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 dated Jan. 22, 1983.


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