Runnin' Down a Dream (4:23)

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“Runnin’ Down a Dream” is a song by Tom Petty, released in 1989 on his first solo album Full Moon Fever.

“Runnin’” achieved reasonable chart success, reaching number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the top of the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart, which meant in practice considerable airplay then on album-oriented rock stations. It has since garnered significant airplay on classic rock stations. It was used on the soundtrack for the videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and was the official theme song of the 2006 NBA Finals as well as the 2008 NBA Finals. It closed Petty and the Heartbreakers’ performance at the February 2008 Super Bowl XLII Halftime Show, with a long Mike Campbell guitar solo. It was also used in promotional segments of the the 2008 MLB World Series.

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