Tom Petty's 50 Greatest Songs

His hits have defined rock radio since the Seventies, and he never stopped writing great music. Here's the definitive guide to his best songs

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20. "You Don’t Know How It Feels"

"I just hoped we could have songs as good as Full Moon Fever," said Wildflowers producer Rick Rubin, "but with a more rock & roll, more personal approach." This rugged standout is a rare example of Petty writing and arranging a whole song; he started with a drum machine and laid on all the instruments. "Rick Rubin really liked the spare character of the demo," Petty said. Radio insisted they edit out the line "let's roll another joint," but it's sure a crowd-pleaser live. 

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