"Free Fallin'" is the opening track from Tom Petty's 1989 solo album, Full Moon Fever. The song was written by Petty and his writing partner for the album, Jeff Lynne (and also features Lynne on backing vocals). The duo wrote and recorded the single in two days, making it the first song completed for Full Moon Fever. "Free Fallin'" is one of Petty's most famous tracks, as well as his longest charter. Petty and The Heartbreakers performed the song at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1989 with Axl Rose and at the February 2008 Super Bowl XLII Halftime Show. The song is ranked #177 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
References to the Los Angeles area appear in the lyrics of the song, including:
The song topped Billboard's Album Rock Tracks chart the week ending August 26, 1989 and spent 33 weeks on the chart, making it Petty's longest charting track. The single peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January, 1990. Later in 2008, "Free Fallin'" made a brief appearance in the Ireland Singles Top 50, hitting #49....