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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28. "Straight Into Darkness"

"That's quite a nice song," Petty said. "I wrote it quite late at night, I think. I thought it was a nice optimistic verse at the end: 'I don't believe the good times are over.' That song was one of the few things I was excited about on [Long After Dark]." The late-night feel comes through in the tune's tense, moody intro, which opens up into the searing guitar part and lyrics about keeping your faith alive in dark times. "I remember Bruce Springsteen saying something about the song at a time when I felt like that album was kind of lost on people," Petty said. "That meant a lot." 

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