This was the first song that came to mind when I thought about doing a week of duets. To me, it’s the quintessential meeting of two artists who elevate each other’s game in a way that nobody could have predicted.
Nicks and Petty have sung several songs together, though this is by far the most famous. Written by Petty and Heartbreaker Mike Campbell, it appeared on Stevie Nicks’ first solo album and hasn’t left radio rotation since. I mean, I never listen to the radio, and I’ve still heard this song a hundred times without owning it.
Stevie Nicks has one of the great pop voices, while Tom Petty’s nasally whine is definitely an acquired taste. But here, it’s a peanut butter and chocolate mix that’s 80s pop perfection.