Stevie Nicks

Stop Draggin' My Heart Around

Composed by Mike Campbell / Tom Petty

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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers were working at such an artistic level of white heat at the dawn of the 1980s that they could actually afford to write and record hits for other artists, and this recording with Stevie Nicks is quite interesting in that context. A dark, sinister melody imbibed with moody emotion fills the song from start to finish, and makes it somewhat different from the band's other work, yet at the same time familiar. A great kiss-off song about a breakup, the deadly emotion contained in the lyrics is quite effective. Contrary to rumor, Nicks had nothing to do with the song's arrangement or writing, and it indeed remains the finest hour of her exceedingly checkered and overrated solo career; it also remains one of the finer singles of the era.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Bella Donna 1981 Atlantic / Rhino 4:04
No Image 1991 CBS/Fox
No Image 1991 Lightyear Video
Timespace: The Best of Stevie Nicks 1991 Modern 4:04
Classic Rock: 1966-1988 1991
Various Artists
Heart of America: 19 Soft Rock Ballads 1995
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd.
Crystal Visions: The Very Best of Stevie Nicks 2007 Reprise
Beauty and the Beast: Live 1985 Radio Broadcast 2014 Iconography / Music Video Distribution 6:05
Live on Air Four Worlds / Northworld 5:17
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