Free Fallin’

I’m a big Tom Petty fan. I have most of his albums, I’ve seen him in concert a few times, and I even have a couple of his DVDs. “Free Fallin’” is one of his best songs. It’s the one Tom Petty song that everybody knows even if they aren’t Tom Petty fans. It’s classic Petty. It has a simple, uplifting melody with poetic lyrics that makes it timeless and accessible to everyone. But I can’t stand to listen to it anymore. It’s too overplayed. It’s always on the radio. It’s been covered by dozens of other artists. It’s been in a bunch of movies and TV shows. And it’s the song that everybody plays for me because it’s the only one of his songs that they have on their iPod. It’s a great song but hearing it all the time makes you hate it. Hearing any song on repeat will eventually drive you crazy and you’ll end up trying to puncture your eardrums with a Q-tip. Tom Petty has been active for over forty years. He has more than one great song. I wish people would play his other ones more often.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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