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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16. "Here Comes My Girl"

Petty was inspired by Sixties girl groups like the Shangri-Las when he wrote the spoken-word opening to "Here Comes My Girl," one of his most majestic early moments. It was written by Mike Campbell, who gave it to Petty on the same cassette that contained the demo that became "Refugee." Petty's R&B-flavored vocal gave the song its tender emotional core, and he played it, along with "Refugee," at his first meeting with producer Jimmy Iovine. Said Iovine, "I always wait for someone to come into my office and play me songs as good as those." 

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