Are anthems nature or nurture? Maybe that seems a question easily answered, but think again: whereas so many of today's musical tentpoles are crafted to be cranked up to Eleven at your local stadium du jour, Tom Petty's highlighted catalog seemed birthed without the grandiosity later afforded to it by its audience.
Petty tracks weren't anthems because they loomed large, they became anthems as they soundtracked our daily to and fro, our impromptu sing-a-longs and rolled down windows. They were easy and omnipresent without overstaying their welcome.
This week we take a look back at the legacy of an act just preposterous enough to live next door. He could have been from anywhere, as it turns out, he almost seemed from everywhere.