Rock legend Tom Petty's ten best songs

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It may seem a little odd to end on a cover, but the audience didn't care. Luckily music is what I use to get through tough times like these.

Success was slow in coming for the Heartbreakers, but Petty soon proved his consistent ability to write hit songs and deliver them in a powerful way.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released its fourth album "Hard Promises" in 1981.

"Music, as far as I have seen in the world so far, is the only real magic that I know", Petty once said during an interview with CNN.

The songs on "Damn the Torpedoes", which would become staples of album-oriented radio - "Refugee", "Don't Do Me Like That", "Even the Losers" and "Here Comes My Girl" (which prominently features the electric 12-string) - firmly underscore the '60s musical passions of Petty and his band. And he was in the Traveling Wilburys with Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison.

Throughout his storied career, Petty held fast to his principles.

Petty was an artist who relished in the catharsis.

And on the flip side of that, there's this deeply ironic usage of "American Girl" in The Silence of the Lambs, which takes all that Tom Petty jubilation and brings it crashing down to nightmarish levels.

Mr. Integrity was his nickname and one he lived up to-in fact, Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac fame credits Petty for convincing her to check herself into rehab for an addiction to Klonopin.

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Though Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, their music still resonated with country audiences and many of today's biggest stars. One of his most famous seemingly sly references to cannabis, Heartbreaker guitarist Mike Campbell insists that it was simply a sad love song to an "Indiana girl on an IN night".

The 13th and final album released by the band was on July 29, 2014.

At a time when epic tracks, concept albums, virtuosic guitar solos, and hippie hair, beads and bell bottoms were all the rage, the Heartbreakers delivered nine songs on their third studio album, many of which clocked in at less than four minutes. It was followed by a well-attended tour, which stopped in Tulsa that year, and was reviewed by Red Dirt Report's Andrew Griffin. And in 2004, he began voicing the recurring character of flawed dad Lucky Kleinschmidt on Mike Judge's Fox series "King of the Hill". Petty also acted in Kevin Costner's classic film The Postman. He toured up until his death, last performing on September 25 at the Hollywood Bowl. Petty loved that. He liked knowing another man out there who went to the same church.

Jim London, 38, is a guitarist who plays at various dive bars throughout the Oklahoma City area.

Petty was not a new waver, however, and didn't think of himself that way. "I thought the world of Tom".

Celebrities took to social media to express their condolences for the fallen artist.

- Slash (@Slash) October 3, 2017So sad about Tom Petty, he made some great music.

So let's get to the point and use this newspaper nook to salute Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, who nearly filled The Mark of the Quad-Cities, Moline, in their Wednesday concert.

"There were times when we definitely were not getting along, when we fought like f***ing Apaches, you know".