Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Listen to Her Heart

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One of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' greatest musical influences was always the Byrds' patented 12-string jangle, and "Listen to Her Heart" is a fabulous example of these leanings. Aside from the powerful Roger McGuinn-inspired 12-string guitar hook, the lyrics and melody contain some excellent, condensed wordplay that marked Gene Clark's better efforts. The song was inspired by Tom Petty's then-wife, Jane, who was to some degree "held hostage" (perhaps just emotionally) by a well-known, cocaine-addicted musician. On the radio edit of the single (it went Top 40 in 1978), "champagne" was substituted for "cocaine."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
You're Gonna Get It! 1978 Gone Gator / MCA 3:04
Greatest Hits 1993 Geffen / Interscope 3:01
Playback 1995 MCA 3:03
Anthology: Through the Years 2000 MCA 3:02
Larry Crowne 2011
Original Soundtrack
Playtone Records / Rhino 3:03
An American Treasure 2018 Reprise / WB 3:19
The Best of Everything: The Definitive Career-Spanning Hits Collection 1976-2016 2019 Geffen / UMe / Universal 3:01
Southern Accents in the Sunshine State Gossip 4:25