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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5. "Listen to Her Heart"

Petty was inspired to write "Listen to Her Heart" by a story his wife Jane told him. Not long after the couple moved to L.A., she found herself at a party thrown by mercurial R&B legend Ike Turner. As the festivities went on late into the night, Turner locked the doors to his house from the inside so no one could leave. Petty turned the odd incident into a driving, tightly wound anthem addressed to a guy who has no regard for a woman's real feelings. The song was the second single from You're Gonna Get It! ("Everything's banking on that one song right now," he told Rolling Stone in 1978, "and I'm prepared for the worst.") In fact, "Listen to Her Heart" only made it to Number 59 on the singles charts, perhaps due to Petty's direct mention of cocaine, which he was asked to change to "Champagne." "What women would leave some guy for money and Champagne?" Petty said at the time. "I mean, Champagne is only $4 a bottle." 

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