The Tom Petty Song Jon Bon Jovi Wishes He Would Have Written

Competition is widespread in the music industry as artists always chase each other to create better and more popular work than their peers. Thus, this situation can cause feuds, jealousy, and even controversial words about one another during interviews. These feuds have sometimes encouraged musicians to improve, and the drama has attracted fans’ attention.

However, there are a few musicians who give credit to the others’ works by praising their talents. As one of them, Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi revealed that he wished to write a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song featured in an album that achieved critical acclaim and became very popular among the band’s fans.

Which Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Song Did Jon Bon Jovi Want To Write?

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers gained great fame and commercial success as a Southern and heartland rock band. The band released thirteen studio albums and significantly influenced next-generation musicians who admired their unique way of making music. Jon Bon Jovi is one of the artists that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers inspired at the beginning of his career.

Jovi had a band, John Bongiovi and the Wild Ones, which was named after the band’s song ‘The Wild One, Forever’ released on their self-titled debut album when he was a teenage boy. His band performed at some clubs and was hired as opening acts for local bands before founding the iconic band, Bon Jovi.

Since Bon Jovi is an acclaimed songwriter, a fan once asked which song he wished he had written. Considering Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ influence on his career, it’s not surprising that the rocker chose one of the band’s songs. The frontman revealed that he wished to write ‘Southern Accents’ from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ sixth studio album.

The record dropped on March 26, 1985, and even though it was a successful album, the studio sessions were so full of stress and frustration that Tom Petty broke his left hand after punching a wall. Jovi gave the song’s well-crafted and meaningful lyrics as the main reason for choosing this song. He added that his love for it increased every time he heard it and noted that it has become more popular in the past years.

Here’s what the fan asked:

What’s the one that isn’t your own that you wish you would have written?

Jovi shared his ideas, saying:

“That list could go on forever. How about if I say the artists? There are probably ten Leonard Cohen songs that I would have cut my arm off for or Waits. Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty. I heard a version of ‘Southern Accents’ today on the way down here. I love that song.

I hear it now more and more often, and I thought it was almost like my little secret because I have always loved that song on that album. The lyrical content always floored me, but it’s a gem, and it’s that song that I wish I’d have written, not the single of that record. Those are the lyrical gem that I wish to write.”

While responding to the question, the singer said it’s tricky considering that he could name countless Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen songs. However, it seems like Jovi’s ultimate choice was in favor of Tom Petty, to whom he paid tribute with his ‘Christmas All Over Again’ cover in 2020.

You can check out the interview and songs below.