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Top 5 Tom Petty Tribute


It’s been a week since Tom Petty died. Well, I guess he died one week from tomorrow but the original news came out a week ago today. And it’s hard to turn on a live TV show and not hear a tribute to Petty. I think my favorite has been the University of Florida Gators crowd singing along to “I Won’t Back Down.”

I was going to do a top 5 Tom Petty songs, but seeing how I’m going to be doing one of those on my personal website soon, I figured I would change it up a little bit. So instead we’re getting a top 5 Tom Petty albums list!

Honorary Mentions – Songs from “She’s The One”, Southern Accents, Greatest Hits and Pack Up The Plantation Live Album

5- Damn The Torpedos – From 1980, three of Petty’s early hits were off this album. His late 80’s albums got more record play but you can’t beat songs like Here Comes My Girl, Refugee and Don’t Do Me Like That

4- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – From 1977 off their first album. It’s hard to believe the band started back in the 70s! American Girl and Breakdown are the most known hits off this one.

3- Wildflowers – 1994 saw the release of this solo album from Petty. So many great songs off this one. You Don’t Know How It Feels,  It’s Good To Be King and You Wreck Me are all great songs. But there are some seriously underappreciated songs off this one. Take a listen to Wake Up Time, House In The Woods or Time to Move On.

2- Into The Great Wide Open – When I started compiling the list, this album was listed as # 1. But the more I looked at the songs, I had to flip it. And quite honestly you can’t go wrong with either album. But with hits like Into The Great Wide Open, Makin’ Some Noises and Kings’ Highway it’s an awesome album.

1-  Full Moon Fever – Free Fallin’, I Won’t Back Down and Runnin’ Down a dream. Enough said.

And there it is.  Do you agree? Go on and put on your favorite Petty song and remember what an awesome performer he was!

Top 5 (14 + 15)


Welcome back to the Top 5 blog. We’re gonna do a two-fer today.

Valentine’s Day is in less than 48 hours. I’m single these days thanks to my divorce. So I don’t have anyone here (pout) to spend Valentine’s Day with. I think my favorite Valentine’s Day is when I surprised an Ex (well we were dating at the time.) I spent a week convincing her we weren’t doing anything for Valentine’s Day. Then she showed up at my place and found this:


I hate Valentine’s Day, but I’m a sucker for romance. I’m a complex guy sometimes. So yeah, two Top 5’s. They are polar opposites of each other in a way. There are two types of ballads in this world. The “I love you so much” ballad and the “I’m so sad without you” ballad. So we’re going to look at both. With so many great songs out there in both categories, it’s hard to do an accurate top 5 for either. I can promise you I will miss some great songs on both lists. But I’m going to do my best to get them. If not, they will show up in next year’s Valentine’s Day lists!

Happy Love songs:

5. Can’t Smile Without You by Barry Manilow – I believe this was two of my friends’ wedding song. It’s not a true ballad, but it’s a great love song. It’s more upbeat than most ballads.

4. The Luckiest by Ben Folds – Another of my friend’s sang this to his bride after their ceremony. There’s a part of the song that is a little creepy, but it’s still a very sweet song.

3. Amazed – Lonestar – Country has so many great love songs, and I would be remiss if I didn’t include this song.

2. Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do) – Christopher Cross – You don’t have to be in New York City to fall in love with this song.

1- Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley –


Sad Love Song.

5. I Can’t Make you Love Me by Bonnie Raitt – I think 95 % of us have been in this boat. In love with someone that doesn’t love you back, no matter what you do. It’s a sad sinking boat.

4. Somewhere Out there – Linda Rondstant and Aaron Neville  Or wanted to be with someone but they were far away…

3. Someone Like You – Adele Or worse yet, trying to deal with a break up when the other person has already moved on……

2. Against All Odds by Phil Collins – Maybe you’re hoping that they will come back…

1- At This Moment – Billy Vera and The Beaters To the point that you’re willing to even bargain with life.

Yeah, I totally missed a lot of great songs. But like I said, it’s nearly impossible. So depending on what boat you’re in this Tuesday, here’s to you.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another Valentine’s Day Top 5. Until then, have a good one everybody.