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Rock music icon Tom Petty died on Monday, bringing renewed attention to his songs and legacy, from a career that first rose beginning in the late 1970s.

Petty died at age 66 after going into cardiac arrest. Petty and the Heartbreakers wrapped up the six-month tour at the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 25.

A native of Florida, Petty said in an interview he planned "to stop working for a time," but the band had no plans to stop performing or recording.

His death shocked and saddened many fans, who remembered a nearly 20-year span of hits on music charts.

Here is a list of Petty's five top charting songs, which include songs with the Heartbreakers, his solo work and collaborations with other performers. The rankings are from Billboard.

(1) "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" by Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. That huge hit peaked at No. 3 in September 1981.

(2) Petty's top solo hit was "Free Fallin," which reached No. 7 in January 1990. The accompanying video showed Petty moving through notable California locales.

(3) Petty's third song to crack the Top 10 came in February 1980, when "Don't Do Me Like That" with the Heartbreakers reached No. 10. That song was from the "Damn The Torpedoes" album.

(4) Another hit from the "Full Moon Fever" solo album that spawned "Free Fallin" was "I Won't Back Down." That song just fell short of the Top 10, hitting a peak of No.12 in July 1989.

(5) Petty's discography also includes an iconic music video of the 1980s. The surreal video to "Don't Come Around Here No More" had an "Alice in Wonderland" theme. The song by Petty and the Heartbreakers reached No. 13 on Billboard in May 1985.


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