Greatest Jimi Hendrix Songs

The Top Ten

1 All Along the Watchtower

Unquestionably the best Hendrx song! This song could also easily find it's way on a top 20, best songs ever.

The best guitar solo of Jimi Hendrix

This Made Great history for all hard rock - samuelMCL7

Love this song and loved his style. shame he died so young and no one has ever been any better than jimi hendrix

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2 Voodoo Child

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.

One of the most historical solos and in my opinion is the best of Jimi's songs.
Awesome.
- i-love-rock-n-roll

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.

Why isn't it #1 this is the definition of bad ass

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3 Purple Haze

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.

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,

I can listen 2 this song anytime, anyday and for any length of time and still can't be bored! Its simply awesome!

I'd have to put this above a cover song. Quintessential Hendrix song, for me.

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4 Little Wing

Beautiful song writing and guitar playing. Beautiful guitar solo at beginning. All Along the Watchtower is also excellent. - wsl777

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

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.

Favourite Jimi song awesome guitar into

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5 Hey Joe

classic! jimi is the greatest of all time hands down

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

Really good song

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6 The Wind Cries Mary

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

7 Foxey Lady

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!

omg every time i hear this song i think of that scene in wayne's world with garth and that hot chick

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

There's no way Hey Joe is better than this... just more people know Hey Joe - somekindofaguy

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8 Fire

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

This song is so awesome. The guitar, the vocals, the bass, and the Power Drums! - Beatlesboy9

9 Crosstown Traffic

Should be a lot higher - mneilan

Definitely in top 5 for me

10 Castles Made of Sand

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.

Underrated song! Really really great song

Just an awesome combo of lyrics and guitar work

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The Contenders

11 Bold as Love

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.

I never heard anything better than this. The rhythm is the best piece of music ever made, the Intro and the way he plays the song. Hendrix is the best composer ever.

Number one in my book is the guitar solo in Axis Bold as Love. The intensity level of his solo near the song's end is off the charts!

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12 Manic Depression

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.

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

One of the best psychedelic songs of all time

Very awesome song, why this is not in top ten?

Very awesome jam, one of my favorites!

That guitar intro = instant chills

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14 If 6 Was 9

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.

15 Red House

Love the music and the lyrics too

Should be higher than just spot 24

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

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16 Machine Gun

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. - Feirceraven

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.

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

Absolutely captivating

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17 Night Bird Flying
18 Angel

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. - c0mf0rta61ynum6

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

19 Are You Experienced?

Not neccesarily stoned, but beautiful! - veryboredchild

This is not my favorite Jimi Hendrix song, but I'm voting for it because it is my second favorite and my favorite (All Along The Watchtower) is already at 1. This should be higher.

That solo...that SOLO! You walk away...experienced

I love this song too much... I think it deserve a much better rank

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20 Spanish Castle Magic

This song is sick! A Top Ten for sure!

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