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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33. "Hometown Blues"

Written during Petty's days in Mudcrutch, "Hometown Blues" was recorded with a unique lineup that included Florida musician Charlie Souza on sax, ex-Mudcrutch drummer Randall Marsh and Memphis soul legend Donald "Duck" Dunn on bass. "I could never get the right swing on it from Stan [Lynch] and Ron [Blair]," Petty said. "So I took that track and got Duck Dunn to play bass on it. He became a lifelong friend." Petty engineered the track and his wife, Jane, helped out by lending hand claps.

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