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"Wildflowers" became quite popular in concerts, and though it was not released as a single, it charted on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart at number 16 and at #3 on the Billboard Lyric Find. AllMusic describes it as having a simple but effective folk-based chord progression, with a sprightly, almost country-oriented rhythm. The song has gone on to become one of the most beloved in Petty's catalog.
Petty described writing "Wildflowers": "I just took a deep breath and it came out. The whole song. Stream of consciousness: words, music, chords. Finished it. I mean, I just played it into a tape recorder and I played the whole song and I never played it again. I actually only spent three and a half minutes on that whole song. So I’d come back for days playing that tape, thinking there must be something wrong here because this just came too easy. And then I realized that there’s probably nothing wrong at all."
Wildflowers is the second solo album by American musician Tom Petty, released in November 1994. The album was the first released by Petty after signing a contract with Warner Bros. Records. In his career, he sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Petty died of an accidental drug overdose on October 2, 2017, one week after the end of the Heartbreakers' 40th Anniversary Tour. Chris Stapleton and EmmyLou Harris sang this song, "Wildflowers" as a tribute to the late Tom Petty at the 2018 Grammy Awards show. Tom died in 2017 at the age of 66.