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One of the greatest rock stars of all time, Tom Petty has died at UCLA Santa Monica hospital in California after a cardiac arrest. Petty was found unconscious on Sunday night at his home in Malibu. He was 66.

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Choosing the best quality sound and video representation of the 1980s would be ‘Don’t Come Around Here No More’. While Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers kept true to their rock roots, the basis for this song has the 1980s painted everywhere. In addition to the synthesizers in the music, the video for the song is one of the most memorable in history.



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Tom wrote these great songs with imagery we would all relate to.Petty is also one of the last great American songwriters. He is the owner of one of the largest libraries of lyrical masterpieces. Falling into the same category of Bob Dylan, he has written many songs for other artists as well.

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In the late 1970s, Petty's romanticized tales of rebels, outcasts and refugees started climbing the pop charts. When he sang, his voice was filled with a heartfelt drama that perfectly complemented the Heartbreakers' ragged rock & roll.

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Songs like "The Waiting," "You Got Lucky," "I Won't Back Down," "Learning to Fly" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance" all dominated Billboard's rock chart, and the majority of Petty's albums have been certified either gold or platinum.

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

In May of 1987, an arsonist burned nearly all of Tom Petty’s house in Los Angeles to the ground. And while most people would run in terror, Petty stayed. According to American Songwriter, “While his wife and daughter stayed at a friend’s place in Beverly Hills, Tom began rebuilding the house on the same plot of land, using his basement recording studio – one of the few rooms to survive the blaze – as the foundation. He wasn’t going to back down to any fire starter.”



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This decision would set in motion his first hit single as a solo artist. Tom Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’ meaning shows that he was not going to flinch. Although the arsonist may have thought he would blink, he didn’t. Petty also enjoyed solo success but always returned to the Heartbreakers, releasing their final album in 2014.

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With the Heartbreakers during their 40th anniversary tour at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville

Here is remembering the great Music legend through some of his all time hits.

1 The Waiting

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2 Learning to Fly

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3 You got Lucky

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4 Into the Great

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5 Mary Jane's Last Dance

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6 Don't Come Around Here No More

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7 Refugee

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8 Free Fallin

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9 You Don't Know How It Feels

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10 I Won't Back Down

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