Tom Petty is an iconic American songwriter whose songs are easily on par with fellow legends like Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Petty's guitar-driven anthems are instantly relatable monuments to Americana that exude a certain timelessness that belies their obvious vintage. Tunes like "American Girl," "Breakdown," "Here Comes My Girl," "Refugee," "Don't Do Me Like That" — you name it — sound every bit as good and vital as they did over three decades ago, when they first soundtracked endless summers during the latter part of the Ford administration, which is precisely why they're staples of classic-rock radio today. And like Dylan and Springsteen, Petty has avoided being dismissed as a relic from another era by continuing to produce compelling music late into his career.
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