* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Making sure everyone got their money back out of his own pocket after a 2013 show was cut short by an overzealous fire marshal [[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-petty-offers-refund-for-shortened-l-a-show-20130612]]
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Full Moon Fever
** Damn The Torpedoes and Wildflowers often compete with Full Moon Fever for the title of best Petty album
* EarWorm: "Free Fallin"
* EpicRiff: Many, such as "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and "American Girl".
* FaceOfTheBand: Played straight here.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: 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.
* MisattributedSong: Petty sounded so much like [[Music/TheByrds 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 CoverVersion.