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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34. "Two Gunslingers"

"A real good anti-war song," Petty said of "Two Gunslingers." Released months after the end of the first Gulf War, this Great Wide Open deep cut is a subtle demand for peace. Amid jangling acoustic guitars and cascading piano, Petty sings about two cowboys who are "takin' control" of their lives and decide not to shoot it out, disappointing the assembled crowd that's gathered to watch them battle. Petty said the germ of the song came from an old movie poster for the "terrible" 1967 Western Hostile Guns that a friend had given him as a joke. 

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