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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39. "Casa Dega"

This highlight of the six-CD Playback box set, with a groove that vaguely echoes the Zombies' "Time of the Season," was originally the B side of "Don't Do Me Like That." The song originated with a demo from Mike Campbell. Petty wrote the words on a plane after reading a New York Times article about a strange town in his home state. "There are all kinds of psychics and fortune tellers," Petty said. "It's this really small place. And I wrote that by putting myself in the mind of someone who went to Cassadaga. Though I spelled it wrong. ... Poetic license, I guess."

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