Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (album)

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is the debut album by the band of the same name, released on November 9, 1976 by Shelter Records. The album was recorded and mixed at the Shelter Studio in Hollywood, California.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 9, 1976 (1976-11-09)
StudioShelter Studio, Hollywood, CA
GenreRock and roll[1]
ProducerDenny Cordell
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers chronology
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Official Live 'Leg
Singles from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  1. "Breakdown"
    Released: November 1976
  2. "American Girl"
    Released: February 1977
  3. "Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll"
    Released: April 1977 (UK only)
  4. "Rockin' Around (With You)"
    Released: August 1977 (Germany only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Blender4/5 stars[3]
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars[4]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[1]
The Essential Rock Discography6/10[5]
MusicHound3/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[8]
The Daily VaultA-[9]

Release and promotionEdit

Initially following its release, the album received little attention in the United States. Following a British tour, it climbed to No. 24 on the UK albums chart and the single "Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll" became a hit in the UK. After nearly a year and many positive reviews, the album reached the U.S. charts, where it peaked at No. 55 in 1978 and eventually went Gold.

"Breakdown" was released as the lead single and cracked the Top 40 in the U.S. and "American Girl" became one of the band's signature songs.[10]

Critical receptionEdit

Reviewing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau said, "Addicts of updated nostalgia and rock and roll readymades should find this a sly and authentic commentary on the evolving dilemma of Harold Teen. The songs are cute, the riffs executed with more dynamism than usual, and the singing attractively phlegmy. And like they say at the end of other cartoons, that's all, folks."[1] The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[11]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Tom Petty, except where noted.

Side one
1."Rockin' Around (With You)"Petty, Mike Campbell2:29
2."Breakdown" 2:43
3."Hometown Blues" 2:14
4."The Wild One, Forever" 3:03
5."Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll" 2:24
Side two
6."Strangered in the Night"3:34
7."Fooled Again (I Don't Like It)"3:50
8."Mystery Man"3:03
10."American Girl"3:34


Chart (1976/77) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[12] 57
UK (OCC) 24
USA (Billboard 200) 55


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Additional musicians


  1. ^ a b c Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: P". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 10, 2019 – via
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at AllMusic. Retrieved 3 January 2005.
  3. ^ Blender review Archived June 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Kot, Greg (September 1, 1991). "Through The Years With Tom Petty". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  5. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2006). The Essential Rock Discography. Edinburgh, UK: Canongate. p. 816. ISBN 978-1-84195-827-9.
  6. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 870. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Kandell, Steve (10 October 2017). "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers". Pitchfork. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  8. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). "Tom Petty > Album Guide". The Rolling Stone Album Guide. London: Fireside. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 13 September 2011.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  9. ^ Warburg, Jason (2019). "The Daily Vault Music Reviews : Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers". Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  10. ^ Whitburn, Joel. Rock Tracks (2002): 331
  11. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (7 February 2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5.
  12. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 232/233. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.

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