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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47. "A Higher Place"

"It's a nice hopeful lyric," says Mike Campbell of the brightest-sounding song on Wildflowers. Petty sang all the harmonies, and Campbell garlanded the melody with swirling psychedelic guitar that recalls the Byrds and the Beatles. Petty's lyric has a mix of realism and optimism, like a more-experienced man's version of a youthful Sixties homily. "It took us two years to make [Wildflowers]," producer Rick Rubin said. "But it sounds like it was made on a weekend – the right weekend."

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