7. 'Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers'
Tom Petty's 1976 debut album didn't get a lot of attention when it came out. The Number One song in the country that week was Rod Stewart's "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)," directly followed by "Disco Duck" by radio DJ Rick Dees. The top album was Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life; there wasn't much interest in a bunch of Byrds-inspired songs from an unknown California rock band.
Petty supported the disc with a relentless tour, slowly gaining an audience. Still, it wasn't until Damn the Torpedoes hit big three years later that fans went back and picked up this first record. They discovered "Breakdown" and "American Girl," and DJs finally began playing the classic songs. They have yet to stop, and "American Girl" has become Petty's signature tune.