YMMV / Tom Petty

  • Awesome Music: Full Moon Fever and Damn the Torpedoes
  • Ear Worm: "Free Fallin"
  • Epic Riff: Many, such as "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and "American Girl".
  • Face of the Band: Played straight here.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: When the Heartbreakers first started out. His first album with the Heartbreakers wasn't well received in the U.S., but it was a huge hit in Britain.
    • Americans Hate Tingle: And then, after that album, his career took a complete 180: He was now a star in America...but he would only have two more Top 40 hits in the UK. Even then, his highest peaking song there, "I Won't Back Down", only made it to #28.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Having a band named the Heartbreakers, since Petty would die from a heart attack.
    • Many titles and lyrics included the word "heart", e.g. "Listen To Her Heart", "Only A Broken Heart", and "A Mind With A Heart Of Its Own".
    • In September 2017, Petty told the Los Angeles Times that the Heartbreakers would probably disband if one of the members died or became too sick to play. That turned out to be the very last interview that he ever gave, as he died just a few days later.
    • Before the Heartbreakers embarked on their 40th anniversary tour, Petty said that it would probably be their last large-scale tour. It was.
    • After the 40th anniversary tour was finished, a video was posted thanking the fans for their support, and ended with "Now, it's time for a nap." Shockingly prophetic words.
    • His lifelong fascination with Elvis Presley after meeting him at age 11 (when Elvis was in Florida to film Follow That Dream). Petty ended up with the same cause of death as Elvis: organ failure caused by an accidental prescription drug overdose.
  • Heartwarming Moment: More like Crowning Music of Heartwarming: "Here Comes My Girl." He's frustrated with his life, frustrated and hedging on despair over life and the world in general.... "But when she puts her arms around me... I can somehow rise above it!" And he goes from a tired drawl to being deliriously happy.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In 1991, Petty recorded a song with the Byrds' Roger McGuinn called "King of the Hill". In 2004, Petty began voicing the character Lucky on the show of the same name.
  • Misattributed Song: Petty sounded so much like Roger McGuinn on "American Girl" that when McGuinn first heard it he briefly thought it was a song he recorded but somehow forgot about. McGuinn eventually did a Cover Version, and the two later recorded a duet single, "King of the Hill".
  • Moment of Awesome: Making sure everyone got their money back out of his own pocket after a 2013 show was cut short by an overzealous fire marshal.
  • More Popular Spinoff: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers formed when three members of Mudcrutch (Petty, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench) regrouped shortly after they broke up in 1975. Petty instigated a Mudcrutch reunion three decades later.