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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23. "You Got Lucky"

The Heartbreakers' most Eighties-sounding rocker is defined by its synthesizer stabs, which were written over a drum-machine loop. But on the chorus, their familiar, tambourine-spangled guitars shine through. A perfect hybrid, it cracked the pop Top 20, and its futuristic video, complete with a Logan's Run–style hovercraft, was an MTV staple. "Benmont [Tench] was really angry about the synthesizer," Petty told an interviewer with a laugh. "He begrudgingly played it. And I'm glad he did, because it was a hit record." 

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