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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3. "Don't Come Around Here No More"

"I wanted to make a single that sounded like nothing anybody had ever done," Petty said of "Don't Come Around Here No More." Psychedelic yet synth-y, classic yet modern, the song was a radical musical reinvention concocted with English producer Dave Stewart of Eurythmics. The Heartbreakers were skeptical of an outsider revamping their sound, especially when he suggested adding a sitar. "I think most of his band – and I don't blame them – were going, 'What the fuck is this?'" Stewart recalled. "The record was called Southern Accents, and it sounded like we're in India." Petty's lyric was based on a line Stevie Nicks said to ex-boyfriend Joe Walsh at a Eurythmics afterparty, and Stewart also suggested the Alice in Wonderland concept of the song's groundbreaking video. "Dave and I worked on that single for months," Petty said. "It could've come out as 10 different records."

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