80s Song of the Day: Runnin’ Down a Dream by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Runnin’ Down a Dream by Tom Petty was released on July 29, 1989, with Alright for Now as the B side. It was a single from Petty’s debut solo album, Full Moon Fever.

runnin down a dreamThe song, co-written by Petty, Mike Campbell, and Jeff Lynne, reached No. 23 in both the United States and Canada. It reached No. 1 on the US Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart.

The music video for Runnin’ Down a Dream featured animation based on several episodes of the Winsor McCay comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland, featuring a drawing style reminiscent of McCay’s and showing Petty¬†as one of the comic strip’s characters, Flip, traveling through Slumberland.

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