Tom Petty's most iconic hit: 'I Won't Back Down' or 'Free Fallin'? | The Tylt
Tom Petty passed away on Monday, Oct. 2, and while fans mourn his death, his music legacy will not be forgotten. The rock icon was a hit machine, both as a solo artist and with the Heartbreakers. We're looking back at Tom's solo debut "Full Moon Fever," which was met with critical acclaim upon its release in 1989. "I Won't Back Down" is Tom's breakthrough solo hit, leading the album to mega success. But his most successful hit as a solo artist is "Free Fallin." Which song is Tom's greatest? 🎤
Tom Petty's most iconic hit: 'I Won't Back Down' or 'Free Fallin'?
"I Won't Back Down" was Tom's first big solo hit. The song topped the Billboard rock chart in 1989 and led his debut solo album to commercial success. Since then, the song has been featured in political campaigns and has been covered by an array of other popular music artists.
Below are some notable lyrics to "I Won't Back Down," per Genius.
🎶 No, I'll stand my ground. Won't be turned around. And I'll keep this world from draggin' me down. Gonna stand my ground. And I won't back down.🎶
Watch the music video below.
"Free Fallin" is Tom's highest charting hit. The song peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is regarded as his biggest hit ever. The song has been covered on numerous occasions and has become a permanent fixture in popular culture. "Free Fallin" ranks at #179 on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list.
Below are some significant lyrics to "Free Fallin," per Genius.
🎶 All the vampires, walkin' through the valley. Move west down Ventura Blvd. And all the bad boys, are standing in the shadows. All the good girls, are home with broken hearts.🎶
🎶And I'm free, I'm free fallin'. (Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin'). Yeah I'm free, free fallin'. (Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin').🎶
Check out the music video below.