"Runnin' Down A Dream" - Tom Petty
from the album Full Moon Fever (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #23 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7
Today's song of the day comes from southern rock singer/guitarist Tom Petty, who had a top-20 hit in the summer of 1989 with "I Won't Back Down", the first single from his first nominally solo album Full Moon Fever. The second release from the album also featured Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, who also wrote and produced "Runnin' Down A Dream" with Petty and Jeff Lynne (of ELO). The uptempo track, which delved into a little bit of rock n roll nostaglia, was a huge hit on rock radio stations, while MTV was in love with the animated video, which served as a "sequel" of sorts to his clip of "Don't Come Around Here No More"...
"Runnin' Down A Dream" became the second top-40 pop hit from Full Moon Fever in September of 1989. The song also followed "I Won't Back Down" to score Petty his fifth #1 Mainstream Rock hit. Internationally, the record reached #23 in Canada, and was a minor hit in the UK (#55) and Australia (#68).
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..and here's Petty and the Heartbreakers live in concert....
Up tomorrow: Youthful rapper gets his groove on.