[4][5] The song was not released as a single;[6] it had a single release only in Australia. [4] Corbin Reiff of Uproxx ranked it at 15 of Petty's best songs. He apparently was complaining to her about the noise of a nearby washing machine and the sentence was her reply. The song peaked at #11 on the Billboard lyric find. [11], Writing for Uproxx, critic John Kurp wrote, “'Even The Losers' sums up Petty’s career more than any other track in his hits-stuff discography" and the song "is the sound of pure pain. The song peaked at #11 on the Billboard lyric find. "[12], 1979 song by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Tom Petty's final interview: There was supposed to have been so much more", https://iloveclassicrock.com/album-review-damn-the-torpedoes-by-tom-petty-and-the-heartbreakers/, "Damn the Torpedoes by Tom Petty - Classic Rock Review", "Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Even The Losers Chart History", "One Of Tom Petty's Minor Hits Summed Up His Incredible Career/", http://www.bassplayer.com/artists/1171/mojo-man-ron-blair-with-tom-petty--the-heartbreakers/26841, "Pat Green: Songs We Wish We'd Written, Vol. Petty asked, "Well, what would Chuck Berry do?" [9], Before the track starts there is a female voice heard saying, "It's just the normal noises in here!" It has become one of the highest regarded songs of Tom Petty's repertoire. It is also featured on the band's 1993 Greatest Hits album. The song was not released as a single; it had a single release only in Australia. It has become one of the highest regarded songs of Tom Petty's repertoire. Unlike in school, Cindy liked him that night. Years later, that night was very much on his mind when he wrote "Even the Losers. [5] The Washington Post included "Even the Losers" on their list of 10 of Petty's best songs. A live recording of it is included in the box set The Live Anthology. The next morning Cindy said their relationship was limited to the previous night. Cindy had been the object of a junior high school crush of his. Even the Losers is a song written by Tom Petty and recorded by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. 2", "Watch Ryan Adams Pay Tribute to Tom Petty with "Even the Losers" at ACL Fest", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Even_the_Losers&oldid=976645820, Short description with empty Wikidata description, Pages using infobox song with unknown parameters, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 4 September 2020, at 04:46. The voice is that of Campbell's wife Marcie from a demo recording Campbell had made in his home. A live recording of it is included in the box set The Live Anthology. It’s an ode for anyone stuck in the 'glory days,' for the lovesick fools who can’t separate the good times (“We smoked cigarettes and we stared at the moon”) from the bad (“I shoulda known right then it was too good to last”), and how much that hurts. And yet, I see 'Even the Losers' as somewhat optimistic. It is also featured on the band's 1993 Greatest Hits album. It was also during that night Petty had an epiphany and realized he needed to be in a rock and roll band. [10], Rolling Stone ranked the song at 19 of Petty's greatest songs, ranked above other songs that were successful singles, such as You Got Lucky and Jammin' Me. [7], The song was inspired by a night Petty had spent with a woman named Cindy and some friends in his hometown of Gainesville, Florida when he was young. It is featured on their breakthrough hit 1979 album, Damn the Torpedoes. Even the Losers is a song written by Tom Petty and recorded by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It is featured on their breakthrough hit 1979 album, Damn the Torpedoes. Within minutes, the solo was recorded. "[8], During the recording session, guitarist Mike Campbell struggled to come up with a guitar solo.