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

Load Previous

29. "Echo"

The title track from the emotionally intense Echo is a stream-of-conscious ballad about Petty's divorce from his first wife, Jane, that goes on for nearly seven minutes. The lyrics are so personal that listening to the song almost feels invasive. "I woke up right here in a pool of sweat," Petty sings. "And with a box of pills and you/Yeah, and I'm gonna keep my head/I'm gonna keep my cool. Oh, I'm so in love with you." Petty said later, "There wasn't much editing on that album at all, or any rethinking too much. I just let it come out the way it was." 

Back to Top