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R.I.P. Tom Petty: A commemorative guide to the rock icon’s deep cuts

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On the evening of Oct. 2, legendary rock icon Tom Petty, age 66, passed away surrounded by loved ones after suffering from cardiac arrest. Petty, best known as the frontman of classic rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, leaves behind a rich legacy of music that spans across four decades. Petty also contributed to over 13 albums with the Heartbreakers, three albums with The Travelling Wilburys, three albums with Mudcrutch, and three solo albums. Petty’s impact on the art of songcraft is undeniable, and he was an incredibly talented musician and performer. Only days before his death, Petty returned from a tour commemorating the 40th anniversary of his debut album,Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1976). Nearly everyone is familiar with songs like “Free Fallin’” and “Refugee”—but Tom Petty made a lot of music, and much of his musical lexicon doesn’t make the typical classic rock radio fare. Here’s a playlist of some Tom Petty deep cuts that may be new to you.

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