30. "The Wild One, Forever"
The soulful centerpiece on the Heartbreakers' debut
is one of Petty's finest early ballads. "I think with that chorus, we were
trying to make it sound like the Rascals," Petty said. It tells the story
of a one-night stand that never got a chance to grow into something more, a
wistful sentiment amplified by subtle, majestic playing by Mike Campbell and
Benmont Tench and, low in the mix, a cello part by Ron Blair. "He doesn't
play the cello," Petty said of Blair. "He just fashioned out enough
that he could play the chorus."