The Petty Archives

The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time
Rolling Stone #983 - December 9, 2004

177. Free Fallin' | Tom Petty
21 weeks; No. 7 | Written by Petty, Jeff Lynne | Produced by Jeff Lynne | June '89 on MCA
Petty and Lynne wrote and recorded "Free Fallin'" in just two days, the first song completed for Petty's solo LP Full Moon Fever. "We had a multitude of acoustic guitars," Petty said of the single's Byrds-y feel. "So it made this incredibly dreamy sound." The label initially rejected the album because of a lack of hits. "So I waited six months and brought the same record back," Petty said. "And they loved it."
Appears on: Full Moon Fever (MCA)