7. 'The Waiting'/ 'Runnin' Down a Dream' (tie)
"I think I got the idea from something Janis Joplin said on television," Petty has said of "The Waiting," the first single from his 1981 album Hard Promises. The song went to Number 19 on the pop chart and held the Number One spot on Billboard's then-new Rock Tracks chart for six weeks. Your votes for "The Waiting" equalled the number cast for "Runnin' Down a Dream" from his 1989 album Full Moon Fever.