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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9. "Room at the Top"

Petty was deep in the throes of depression after divorcing his first wife, Jane, when he sat down at a piano in the studio and poured his heart into this song. "I wish I could feel you, little one," he sang. "You're so far away. I want to reach out and touch your heart." The emotionally raw song kicks off Echo, a collection of tracks inspired by their breakup. "'Room at the Top' is the most depressing song I've ever written," said Petty, who hasn't played it a single time in the past 15 years. "I haven't even wanted to hear it. Though the last time I heard Echo, I did think, 'God, there's a lot more on here than I remembered.'" 

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