15 Songs by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers That Every Woman Should Know These Songs Speak to the Heart & Soul

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Tom Petty speaks to the heart.  Whatever your situation in life, he has written and recorded a song that will tell your tale.  I’ve composed a list of fifteen Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ songs that every woman should know.  Some are sad, some are upbeat, but all are quintessential Tom Petty. He was placed on this earth to write beautiful lyrics and he continues to do so.  I chose these songs because they speak to me as a woman and I thought that they might do the same for you.

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1.  The Best of Everything/Southern Accents
This song is one of my very favorites.  I wish everyone the best of everything.

2.  Insider/Hard Promises
Beautiful, but somber ballad about not feeling loved. (Stevie Nicks provides background vocals)

3.  Listen to Her Heart/You’re Gonna Get It!
The powerful song is about a woman who does just that – listens to her heart and chooses the narrator over a guy whose all flash and no substance.

4.  Rhino Skin/Echo
A song about being tough in a world that’s going to beat you down every chance it gets.

5.  Time to Move On/Wildflowers
An upbeat piece urging the listener to know when it’s time to move on in life.  This is a great song if you are starting anew.

6.  Refugee/Damn the Torpedoes
This is one of Tom Petty’s biggest hits and for good reason.  I saw him on the front row in Tampa, Florida and it felt like he was singing this song to me.  The words speak for themselves.  For me, they are about feeling isolated and wanting to break free of your current life.

7.  American Girl/Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
A staple during Tom Petty’s tours and it even made an appearance in one of my favorite movies, The Silence of the Lambs, this classic song is upbeat and cheerful and leaves you with a smile.

8.  I Should Have Known It/Mojo
This is a song about looking back with regret and resolve.  It’s classic Tom Petty.

9.  I Won’t Back Down/Full Moon Fever
This song’s title speaks for itself.

10.  A Woman in Love (It’s Not Me)/Hard Promises
An upbeat song about a woman who has everything, but him.

11.  King’s Highway/Into the Great Wide Open
I love the lyrics to this song.  There is no better song writing that this!  It’s an upbeat song about waiting for good fortune.

12.  Honey Bee/Wildflowers
This song rocks!  That’s all I can say about this awesome song.

13.  Wildflowers/Wildflowers
Another beautiful ballad that showcases Tom Petty’s amazing vocals.

14.  Damaged by Love/Highway Companion
Sad, somber ballad aboutDamaged by Love the perils of love

15.  Free Girl Now/Echo
Another wonderfully written song about a woman’s freedom


  1. I will have to look these songs up on YouTube. I have heard of Tom Petty,but never listened to his music. This sounds like a great playlist!

  2. A nice list of songs here and many that I do not know. My favourite song of his is Free Fallin’, I could listen to it all day.

    • Definitely listen to the songs on the list. You’ll love them. Tom Petty has a gift of saying the right things at the right time. xo

  3. I LOVE their songs so much! I have a lot of them on my playlist when I jog.

    • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are, by far, my favorite band! I can always find a song that speaks to my mood 🙂 xo

  4. I love Tom Petty! My dad and I danced to Wildflowers for our father/daughter dance at my wedding.

  5. Tom Petty is definitely a legend. His songs have always been amazing over the generations. Such classics!

  6. I guess I must be behind in music. I have never heard of Tom Petty until now, but I just started listening and am kind of becoming obsessed. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Great list! I love Refugee! Melissa Ethridge does a great cover of it as well. I won’t back down is also a classic 🙂

  8. I don’t recall knowing any of these. Clearly, I have some research to do.

  9. Omg I just love Tom Petty! I have seen him in concert 4 times! Such a great artist!

  10. You know these songs are going to be stuck in my head now. I haven’t seen him in concert but I would enjoy it.

    • He puts on a great concert! I’ve seen him four times – once from the front row and it was totally awesome! xo

    • You would love him in concert! He puts on quite a show! xo

  11. This list is great! Perfect fusion of both sad, upbeat and songs to really introduce Tom Petty’s music!!

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