#33 – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” – (1993)

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ 1993 Greatest Hits album would be a great album to own considering all of the hits that were contained on it (including Petty’s solo stuff from Full Moon Fever). But then add one of the greatest songs Tom Petty ever did as a brand new track. It has a blues-rock feeling but throw in the reminiscing and nostalgia that the lyrics contain and you get a mid-western, almost Mellencamp-y, feel. Some people like this because they say “Mary Jane”… and I’m sure these same people giggle and snicker because they think they are being sneaky talking about drugs. Well, whatever it’s about, it has a great vibe – although the music video, where Tom Petty (morgue assistant) brings home a dead body (Kim Basinger) and keeps her around the house Weekend at Bernie’s-style.

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