Tom Petty has shown up on so many Charleston wedding playlists over the years, most recently just about 2 weeks ago at Katie & Paul's wonderful wedding reception at the Francis Marion Hotel inside the Gold Ballroom. "American Girl", with it's 114 BPM saw some excitement from the crowd, but it's not just that song. There have been lots and lots of other Tom Petty songs that have been added into cocktail hours and playlists setting the mood with his unique sound and vibe to any Charleston wedding. Be sure to increase the volume in your headphones or your speakers as you read over this post. We'll continue to mourn the loss of this legendary musician and please be sure to jot some of these songs down as you plan the music for your upcoming Charleston wedding.
1. "American Girl" | 1976
The second single from the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers first album went all the way to the top 10 in early 1977. The song does appear on the Rolling Stone list of Greatest Guitar Songs.
2. "Listen To Her Heart" | 1978
Released in August 1978, this song appeared on the album "You're Gonna Get It" and was said to be about Ike Turner hitting on Tom Petty's wife.
3. "Don't Do Me Like That" | 1979
It was the fall of 1979 when this classic rock radio staple was released to the airwaves, hitting the Top 10. It was from his 3rd album, "Damn The Torpedoes".
4. "Free Fallin" | 1989
Back in 1989, Tom Petty released his first solo album and this was the first single to be released. In my opinion, it became one of his signature songs. If you haven't checked it out, look up John Mayer's cover. It is pretty incredible.
5. "The Waiting" | 1981
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers were starting the 80s with more great music. "The Waiting" was released in the spring of 1981 off their album "Hard Promises"
6. "Here Comes My Girl" | 1980
Another great track of the album "Damn The Torpedoes" and released in the spring of 1980. The song ended up being the lowest charting off this record landing at #59 on the Billboard charts.
7. "Mary Jane's Last Dance" | 1993
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers got back together in the early 1990s and recorded this song to be released on a greatest hits album around Christmas Day 1993. It was number 1 on the Album Rock charts for 2 weeks.
8. "Runnin Down A Dream" | 1989
Another great track off his solo album "Full moon Fever" that has become a classic rock radio staple. Crank this one up.
9. "You Got Lucky" | 1982
You might recall this song in the rotation of early MTV as it was released in the fall of 1982. It was the first song to be released from his album "Long After Dark'.
10. "Wildflowers" | 1994
The title track to his second solo album is a very popular song that I have played at my weddings when the groom dances with his mom. It's such a beautiful song for such a special moment between a groom and his mother.
11. "You Don't Know How It Feels" | 1994
The first song to be released off his second solo record "Wildflowers" hitting the top of the mainstream rock charts.
12. "Learning To Fly" | 1991
The first single from his bands 1991 release "Into The Great Wide Open". It went all the way to Number 1 on the mainstream rock charts.
13. "Something In The Air" | 1994
This was a great cover by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers of an 1969 song by Thunderclap Newman. The song appears on the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Greatest Hits which was released in the latter part of 1993.
14. "Handle With Care" (Traveling Wilburys) | 1988
One of the most talented super groups ever that featured Tom Petty, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne. This song was released 2 months before the death of Roy Orbison in the fall of 1988. It was their highest charting song reaching number 2 on the rock charts. Their second single "End Of The Line" would be released in early 1989 and would feature an empty rocking chair with a guitar for the late Roy Orbison.
15. "Into The Great Wide Open" | 1991
The title track to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers eighth album, which featured Johnny Depp in the music video. Take a look at it down below. You might also see Terrence Trent Darby and Chynna Phillips in the video as well.
We won't be getting over the loss of Tom Petty anytime soon. His music will live on forever. Music has incredible power in that when we hear certain songs, we are transported back to when we first heard it. When I hear "Free Fallin", I time warp back to the middle of my 10th grade year in high school. It's so amazing the power of music. That same power can be transferred over to your wedding playlist too. As a professional wedding DJ that specializes in "music", talking about music with prospective brides and grooms is something I really enjoy doing. Thsse blog posts are to be a journey into my musical world and I hope you enjoy them. If you are looking to begin the search for your wedding DJ for your Charleston wedding, click HERE to tell me a little about your big day.