i mitt liv. Här är en av alla bra låtar han gjort, American Girl från 1977. Här tillsammans
med sitt fina kompband The Heartbreakers.
"American Girl" uses standard rock instrumentation of electric guitars (Petty and Campbell), electric bass (Blair), drums (Lynch), and keyboards (Tench). The tempo is fast and "urgent", and is built on a repeated jangling guitar riff based on a "Bo Diddley beat".
As described in Rolling Stone, "The supercharged riff set the template for decades of Petty hits, but it was also an homage to the Byrds: Petty and Mike Campbell's twin guitars mirrored Roger McGuinn's 12-string, infusing the folk-rock sounds of the 1960s withNew Wave energy."