He charted more than two dozen songs on the tally, led by a trio of top 10s that reflected his cornerstone status on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, arguably Petty’s home base on the charts. He logged 10 Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1s among 28 top 10s, the latter the record for the most top 10s in the chart’s history.
Petty also charted 12 top 10 albums on the Billboard 200, finally triumphing at No. 1 with his final album with the Heartbreakers, 2014’s Hypnotic Eye. His pre-Heartbreakers band Mudcrutch (revived in the late 2000s) added two top 10s later in his career, most recently 2016’s 2 (No. 10), while The Traveling Wilburys — the supergroup also consisting of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison — charted a pair of original full-lengths, led by 1988’s No. 3-peaking The Traveling Wilburys (Vol. 1).
Below is Billboard’s ranking of Petty’s 25 biggest Hot 100 hits, from his solo and Heartbreakers songs to collaborations with Stevie Nicks.
Tom Petty’s Biggest Billboard Hot 100 Hits ranking is based on weekly performance on the Hot 100 (from its inception on Aug. 4, 1958, through April 23, 2022). Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower spots earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates during various periods. Songs are ranked based on a formula blending performance, as outlined above.