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Tom Petty, 'Free Fallin''
"Free Fallin'" exemplifies the many hallmarks of the Petty's best songs; it's simple, straightforward, easy to learn on a guitar and almost impossible not to sing along to. Its jangly instrumentation and cathartic chorus made it stand out from most of the synthesized pop that dominated pop radio in 1989, and those same attributes ensure its heavy rotation even now.