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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Singers Stevie Nicks (L) and Tom Petty perform onstage during MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Tom Petty at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”

The Hook: For some reason it was left off Petty’s Hard Promises, much to the chagrin of co-writer Mike Campbell, but it worked out in the end.

Album:
Bella Donna

Year:
1981

Writers:
Tom Petty and Mike Campbell

Stats: Reached number-three on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-two on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Background:
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Stevie Nicks have had a long working relationship that began around the time Stevie kicked off her solo career working with their producer at the time, Jimmy Iovine. Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell talks about their first hit together, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell on “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” OC:…for me. :21

“That was a track that I had written the music and Tom had written the lyrics. It was for Hard Promises and for some reason, we were gonna leave it off the album. I don’t know why. It was really bothering me at the time. And then they called me up one day and said Jimmy’s decided that it’ll be a duet and Stevie’s gonna use it. So I said, ‘Oh great, at least it gets used.’ And then it was a huge hit, so, lucky for me.”