Greatest Jimi Hendrix Songs

The Top Ten

1 All Along the Watchtower All Along the Watchtower Cover Art

The judgment on which notes to play and where tp place them is so elite that it makes Dylan's original version almost unlistenable by comparison. The skill level is just unfair.

This is the best song (All Along the Watchtower) Voodoo Child is not in sync like this throughout the whole song. Voodoo Child just has the amazing sounds at the beginning though if perfected like All Along the Watchtower then and only then could it have been Jimi's Greatest song but possibly the greatest song of all time

This song, Hendrix's cover of Dylan's poetry, is just simply so great! I can not see Dylan disagreeing that it raised his piece to outstanding heights of peak artistic talent, in dynamic ways! If I were in Dylan's spot, I would be astounded, I could have been interpreted so greatly!

I'm glad to know somebody agrees with me. All Along the Watchtower is the greatest J. H. Song and is orchestrated perfectly. Probaly would make one question whether or not 1 but several angels gave him the tune. Maybe its just that Hendrix is one of a kind

2 Voodoo Child Voodoo Child Cover Art

Above all other work that the magic of the Experience put out, never had there been a song to shake the scene of not only psychedelic music, but the Rock foundation in general. Honestly, "Watchtower" is as good as it gets, but something about "Voodoo Child" just speaks, and speaks damn loud.

One of Hendrix's most biting riffs, and the solo is legendary, almost impeccable. I do believe this should top this list.

Voodoo Child has the meanest intro in the world. No one else has ever come up with something so cool and creative. Granted there have been some really cool songs, but nothing is as mind boggling as listening for the first time to a recording of Hendrix playing Voodoo Child, whether it's the original, or any other live version.

All along the watchtower is a great song but it's not actually a Hendrix song, it was originally a Bob Dylan song but it was perfected by Hendrix. Voodoo child on the other hand is originally Jimi Hendrix's song and in my opinion the best of all his songs.

The Mt Olympus of guitar performances. A hallowed and esteemed version to be played by the late Stevie Ray Vaughan also joining the pantheon of the greatest renditions of Voodoo Child ever. We continue to this day still pay homage to such a mastery of this classic.

3 Purple Haze Purple Haze Cover Art

Little wing, voodoo child, all along the watchtower are all beautiful and full of vibe but purple haze is simply so hard and "to the point" that no matter where its played or who listens to it, its always an instant hit.

INCREDIBLE song and the guitar playing is insane and the lyrics are cool, and I don't know how it's not number 1, I have to admit I love all Jimi Hendrix songs but this should be 100% number 1.

Just playing the Jimi Hendrix E7(#9) chord could put a smile on my face in the worst of times. Perfect lead in for a rocking solo (ex. Purple Haze) Few songs are more enjoyable to play than this one.

It's a very hard, electric, acid, psychedelic riff, and the lyrics is way very psychedelic, but the best part is all the song. All Hendrix songs have too much quality,

4 Little Wing Little Wing Cover Art

This song should be number one for its guitar work. It highlights much of Jimi's style with chordal hammer ons, pull offs and slides. The haunting melody and words are magical and deserve a good listen. Sharing this song with younger players might inspire them.

The Mastery of Song is in the endless interpretation of the lyric. The Composition the Key Can cross all genre making it even more beautiful to play with any instrument or style

The amount of musical intuition he must have had is absolutely boggling to me, the way he could preform this song seamlessly is beautiful.

Beautiful song writing and guitar playing. Beautiful guitar solo at beginning. All Along the Watchtower is also excellent.

5 Hey Joe Hey Joe Cover Art

Hey TheTopTens, why isn't this song number 1? Seriously a classic that cannot be ignored! Awesome sound, Jimi makes it sound like he's playing an original song. (it's a cover song)

Jimi Hendrix is the best! Enough said. Hey Joe has so much pation thrown into this marvalous song that you can't even rate it according to normal bystanders

Toss-up between this and Voodoo Chile (Slight Return), but ultimately went with this for the lyrics.

I always liked this song. The first time I heard it was in a Peter Boyle Movie called Joe

6 The Wind Cries Mary The Wind Cries Mary Cover Art

To me this song means so much, it makes me think about life and how short jimi's was. The solo is very powerful

This should be in the top 5 man made me cry, not as close as along the watchtower though

Simplicity and the talking way he sings it.

And the wind cries mary

7 Foxey Lady Foxey Lady Cover Art

When my big bro and I first heard this song, we started dancing like Garth and we looked like idiots. My favourite song, and the second is...hmm All along the watchtower

Great song! The moron that says this from the Wayne's World is too dumb. It may be on the soundtrack, but that wasn't the introduction to the world

This song is off Wayne's World, the movie's awesome but not as awesome as this song. I don't mean awesome, I mean AWESOME!

I love it when ZZ TOP plays Foxy Lady and tells the story how Jimi taught Billy Gibons to play it when they were all very young.

8 Fire Fire Cover Art

Not the best, but should definitely be higher! The drumming and singing is awesome! An incredibly groovy song

Has one of my favorite lines from any Jimi song - "Move over Rover, and let Jimi take over! "

One of the best riffs from Jimi and possibly the best riff from Noel Redding

This song is so awesome. The guitar, the vocals, the bass, and the Power Drums!

9 Crosstown Traffic Crosstown Traffic Cover Art

Super catchy and great, absolutely love this song.

Should be top 5. This is such a great song

Definitely in top 5 for me

Should be a lot higher

10 Castles Made of Sand Castles Made of Sand Cover Art

Castles made of sand is one of the deepest and most musically inclined of Hendrix's repertoire. It definitely deserves a place at 5 at least.

Such a masterpiece. This song sends your mind afloat.

Just an awesome combo of lyrics and guitar work

Underrated song! Really really great song

The Contenders

11 Bold as Love Bold as Love Cover Art

This song smiles towering in shiny metallic purple armour. It is lifegiving and taken for granted. :-)
I love it more than any jimi song and it is alsp in my top five tracks. What john mayer did to it was pretty bad but I'll never stop loving this track. I wish there were good videos of jimi performing it live. I love jimi's vocals and people often overlook that, tbis track showcases both his guitar and vocal ability.

No doubt, best song, not only jimi's, we are talking about the best song ever, the best part is the end, for me is the expression of psychedelia, a disorted guitar that screams " they all bold as love". The lyrics are perfect too, he talks About colours and finishes the speech saying " a rainbow like you" in this song, we can appreciate jimi is not a just the best guitarist ( no slash or others, jimi is the best guitarist, we all agree right? ), we can see jimi as very good lyric creator, we can even say he is a poet, it's very difficult to make a top of jimi, but because of this song and many other ( not just the songs that appear here ) for these songs and others ( for ex valleys of Neptune, castles made of sand, if 6 was 9 or slow version) WE CAN SAY JIMI HENDRIX IS THE BEST MUSICIAN OF HISTORY, at least for me

I have no idea what the heck the "Axis" is, but I love this song so much! I kind of hear the same chords as "Let It Be" at the end. Maybe that is just me. But Axis: Bold As Love is definitely my favorite Hendrix album, and this is definitely my favorite Hendrix song.

This is one of the best music I've ever heard. I'm currently 16y old now, and I've heard the recent artists, lk Beyonce, Drake, etc. And none, I repete, none of them can even get close to the artists from the 60's to 90's. Jimi Hendrix is the best guitar player ever, no doubt.

12 Manic Depression Manic Depression Cover Art

Great opening followed by a great solo which in my opinion is one of Hendrix's greatest guitar solos, a true masterpiece on the guitar.

One of Jimi's deepest lyrical compositions

13 1983... (A Merman I Should Turn to Be) 1983... (A Merman I Should Turn to Be) Cover Art

Jimi Hendrix’s best song, and one of the greatest songs of all time. It is a psychedelic masterpiece, with the instrumental section near the end (Moon, Turn the Tides...Gently, Gently Away) being underrated. Everyone says All Along the Watchtower and Purple Haze are the best, and they are amaazing, but this is the best. Along with Bohemian Rhapsody, Stairway to Heaven, and Free Bird, this should be considered a rock anthem.

Awesome song and so fun to play. This is maybe my favourite song.

Definitely his best song. His most complete ballad

One of the best psychedelic songs of all time

14 Red House Red House Cover Art

The first song of Hendrix I listened to and GOD that was good! And lyrics are kinda funny!
You gotta vote 4 it!

Love the music and the lyrics too

My favourite song of all time.

Should be higher than just spot 24

15 Angel Angel Cover Art

This song is so beautiful because it doesn't show off Hendrix's flashiness with the guitar, but instead shows it through his lyrics. Mitch Mitchell's intense drumming style and Noel Redding's bass licks give this song the emotional boost it needs for me to consider it Hendrix's best song.

One of the most beautiful songs you will hear. No more needed to be said

16 Star Spangled Banner Star Spangled Banner Cover Art

This is not only one of the most iconic Hendrix performances, but it was also delivered one of the most important messages our country needed to hear. By intermittently interrupting the national anthem with simulated sounds of gunfire and women screaming, he told the country that no matter the war or turmoil we face our country will still overcome it because in the past we have done the same thing numerous times. It is truly powerful, and it doesn't even contain any lyrics. I consider this one of the greatest musical achievements of the 1960s, and for a very good reason.

N.F.L. football games on big board at stadiums or any NBA MLB Hockey thank you jimi Hendrix's and god bless our great nation end the hate right now

Definitely the greatest moment of the 60's, maybe even the century.

Who knew that a hippie could be so patriotic?

17 Spanish Castle Magic Spanish Castle Magic Cover Art

This song isn't higher? Are you kidding me? One of the nastiest head-banging songs of Jimi's. Look up on YouTube Jimi and the EXP playing this live in Copenhagen 1969!

This song is sick! A Top Ten for sure!

Got to be higher. Top 5 for me

18 If 6 Was 9 If 6 Was 9 Cover Art

You are so right. Ahead of his time? Man, keep in mind this was almost fifty years ago and his guitar playing sounds like something that hasn't even been invented yet, esp. On "if 6 was 9"' "Night Bird Flying" and "Bold as Love". The best ever, period, exclamation point, end of discussion.

"Sing on Brother, Play on Drummer"
This song is so sick. He was so ahead of his time.
RIP Hendrix.

19 Highway Chile Highway Chile Cover Art

One of the greatest and most underrated rifs of all time

Amazing song, should be a lot higher.

Awesome song

20 Hear My Train a Comin' Hear My Train a Comin' Cover Art

Undoubtedly the best guitar track I've ever heard. Sweet bluesy riffs and soloing, jimi does not fall even slightly short of perfect on this number with his guitar.

How is this only 30? One of the best Hendrix blues rock songs. His performance is magical especially at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969.

I have little respect for this list until this song recives a higer position. Jimmi showcases his phenominal talent in this song. He releeses it both acoustic and electric. Both are mezmerizing and flawless. He fill it with the waa pedeal and has beutiful licks and runs. One of his fineest

21 Night Bird Flying Night Bird Flying Cover Art
22 Voodoo Chile Voodoo Chile Cover Art

This track is so powerful, probably the most powerful Jimi Hendrix song because he says, "Cause I'm a million miles away and at the same time I'm right here in your picture frame, " and other stuff like this. Plus it sort of shows you what voodoo is like. They say that loud drumming is supposed to bring back spirits and this song has really loud drumming and a pretty complex drum solo. This would have to be his best, everything is great here, instruments and lyrics.

Sometimes you can see how skilled a musician is not by what they pour out of them, but by what they hold back. How he lingers over every note, the intensity of the drums, the poetic lyrics... He's laying it all out on the table for us. THIS is Jimi.

I prefer Voodoo Chile than Voodoo Child (Slight Return). The groove and lyrics are just outstanding. I also love Machine Gun. These are 10+ minutes long, but they pass so quickly, because I never get bored at any point of the song.

I have no idea how this is not in top 5.
A studio jam which takes us through a trip of psychedelic blues.
Vintage Hendrix!

23 Freedom Freedom Cover Art
24 Machine Gun Machine Gun Cover Art

The most unbelievable guitar solo ever...the tone, the feel, the choice of notes, the fluid link throughout the entire solo is just a wall of sound unlike I have ever heard before or since. Jimi was touched by God during the playing of this song that night at The Fillmore east in NYC.

The way that he was able to simulate war noise with just the guitar and the use of the other guys instruments is just incredible. I honestly have a feeling some people need to listen to this again, it is excellent musically and a great anti-war song

I listened to this song, but didn't hear a machine-gun noise I think.

This song has an unimaginable amount of groove, but is so hard hitting at the same time. It might have jimi's best solo ever, but unfortunately band of gypsys don't get the love they deserve on this song. Great drumming and bass on this song as well

He is a blues guitarist and this cries out the blues. Yeah the psychedelic and popular stuff is cool but this is by far his best work feeling wise and meaning wise.

25 Up from the Skies Up from the Skies Cover Art
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