15. Tom Petty Full Moon Fever
Though undeniably glossy and tied to its late 1980s era, Tom Petty’s first official solo album away from the Heartbreakers is a lot of fun.
Co-written and produced by Electric Light Orchestra’s Jeff Lynne, Full Moon Fever is fully loaded with hits, and would go on to become one of Petty’s most successful albums, going a mind-boggling 5x Platinum in the USA alone.
The irresistible melodies and singalong choruses of opener ‘Free Fallin’ make it a group road trip gem, despite the cheesy lyrics. And the defiant anthem ‘I Won’t Back Down’ and driving, heartland rock of ‘Running Down A Dream’ will have you tapping your foot no matter how hard you try to resist.
Roy Orbison lends his considerable vocal prowess to ‘Zombie Zoo’ (though he would sadly pass away before its release) and fellow Traveling Wilbury George Harrison also contributes to the record. Perfect for a group road-trip.
Try also: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Damn The Torpedoes (MCA, 1978) and Greatest Hits (MCA, 1993).