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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35. "Dreamville"

Petty's 2002 album, The Last DJ, was dismissed by some as a veteran rocker's aimless primal scream against a changing music industry. (Many stations refused to play its anti-corporate title track, which Petty took as a compliment.) The album did have some fine moments, especially the gorgeous "Dreamville," a nostalgic look back at his youth, when he bought guitar strings at Lillian's Music Store and listened to early rock on the radio. "It's one of the best songs I ever wrote," said Petty. "That was about innocence, before the corruptions hit me." 

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