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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32. "Lonesome Sundown"

The overwhelming bleakness of Petty's most downcast album briefly lifts, at least for a verse or two, on "Lonesome Sundown," and something resembling hope shines in. "Redemption comes to those who wait," Petty sings over a slow, swaying country-tinged backing. "Forgiveness is the key/And I wish you love." It's a song about accepting loss and moving on, while also admitting that pain never truly goes away. "The words changed several times in that song," said Petty. "I worked on that one a lot more than the others." 

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