Your favorite Tom Petty song.

johann

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Don't come around here no more
You don't know how it feels
Even the losers
Rebels
Top of the world
 

claudel

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Best line in a song...

"You need elephant balls
If you don't want to crawl
On your hands
Through this world"

Favorite song: "I Wont Back Down" even though the Heartbreakers were replaced by some other guys.
 

AREBE fan

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So many great songs already mentioned by one of the true great songwriters. He should get an assist on Tweeter and the Monkey Man by the Travelling Wilburys, too.

T
 

Jason UP

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haven't read the entire thread, and don't know if a popular choice, but my fave has always been "It's Good To Be King"....that entire Wildflowers is in my top 10 albums of all time.
 

Tadams

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Here Comes My Girl. It seems like such a simple song but there is a lot going on. The “spoken word”, the guy down on his luck, the girlfriend that makes it all worth it. Great stuff.
 

el duderino

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A songwriter can learn a lot from studying Tom's stuff.

He never over-wrote anything. He never took it too seriously, but he never phoned it in either.

A lot of the songs are very simple, but there's *always* a hook.

I don't think anyone wrote more memorable bridges than TP (and Mike Campbell, probably, especially in the later years when it was mostly just the two of them).

Take a song like "Nightwatchman." It's sort of a throwaway or filler cut to be honest. No one is going to cite it as a favorite TP song. He probably never played it live after they toured that album.

But it's got not one but two killer guitar hooks, and that bridge elevates it into something that's always worth sticking around for.

TP was rock'n'roll through and through.
Ha! I was reading the most recent few pages before I posted two of my favorite Tom Petty songs, Century City and Nightwatchman.
 

Funky54

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Cabin Down Below and American Girl are both favorites of mine. I love the entire Wildflowers Album though.
 

rumbletone

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American Girl is my favourite.

Running Down a Dream is probably my favourite to perform, as there is a lot of room for subtle textures in the verses, it can be arranged for any number/type of instruments, and it lends itself to a very long outro solo :) In one band I play with we have 2 lead guitars and often close a set with it - we’ve gone 10 mins on it without it getting old/tired (at least for us ... can’t speak for the audience!)
 




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