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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49. "I Should Have Known It"

"We'd record in one or two takes," Petty said of 2010's Mojo. "We couldn't have made this album in the Eighties." Mojo, which was recorded at the band's Los Angeles rehearsal space, saw the Heartbreakers get back to the raw, impassioned vigor of their early work, minus any extraneous studio sweetening; "I Should Have Known It" has the garage-blues drive of classic Yardbirds or Led Zeppelin, with a grinding riff and a wailing vocal from Petty. It was music, as Petty put it, not for the radio or big arenas, but "for the band to play."

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