Perfect Rock Songs

When Tom Petty Presaged the #MeToo Movement

One of the great American rock songwriters of his generation wrote and recorded a song with lyrics that seem to have anticipated #MeToo by decades

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Stevie Nicks’ ‘Edge of Seventeen’: Look Back

The third single of her 1981 solo debut, Bella Donna, features many top-notch musicians though none stands out more than Waddy Wachtel and his chugging guitar

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Tom Petty’s ‘American Girl’: Take it Easy Baby

Though the second single from the Heartbreakers’ 1976 self-titled debut failed to chart on Top 40, its story about the girl alone on the balcony overlooking US Route 441 resonates with his fans

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Blues Image’s ‘Ride Captain Ride’: A Tale of 73 Men

The singer and the keyboardist were having trouble coming up with a lead lyric for the new song they were writing. The answer was sitting right in front of them.

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The Doors’ ‘Love Her Madly’ – Perfection

An early review of the song described it as a “terrific new rocker… sounds like it will rank among their best single songs.” They were right

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