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

My dad and I said this was such a great song at the exact same time.

One of the greatest covers of all time!

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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.

My god, the first time I heard this intro...

That intro still gives me chills
This tune turned me on to his music
I heard this in the 1991 movie
Under Siege been a Hendrix fan ever since slam dunk

The single most badass guitar intro in music history.
Period.

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3 Purple Haze

How can this song be in 3? It should be in 1

Should be 1

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,

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4 Little Wing

This song highlights hendrix's brilliance

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

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

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

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5 Hey Joe

classic! jimi is the greatest of all time hands down

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

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

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6 The Wind Cries Mary

And 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

Simplicity and the talking way he sings it.

7 Fire

Number one for me. Then purple haze and little wing. - dkmec42

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

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

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

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8 Foxey Lady

I love the guitar

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

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9 Crosstown Traffic

Super catchy and great, absolutely love this song. - Sultan_of_Swing

Should be top 5. This is such a great song - Floxoll

Should be a lot higher - mneilan

Definitely in top 5 for me

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10 Castles Made of Sand

Such a masterpiece. This song sends your mind afloat.

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.

It deserves to be at least 5th - chris96

Underrated song! Really really great song

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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.

Love this song. The solo, the lyrics, the overall feel. Definitely emulates the 70's hippie vibe.

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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)

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.

Definitely his best song. His most complete ballad

One of the best psychedelic songs of all time

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

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14 Red House

Guitar work is the best of jimi's

My favourite song of all time.

Love the music and the lyrics too

Should be higher than just spot 24

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15 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

16 Spanish Castle Magic

Got to be higher. Top 5 for me

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!

17 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.

18 Hear My Train a Comin'

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. - BrianScott01

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

19 Night Bird Flying
20 Highway Chile

Awesome song

One of the greatest and most underrated rifs of all time

21 Voodoo Chile

This is my all time favourite, really powerful blues and so much energy. Mitch Mitchell excels too.

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.

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.

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.

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22 Star Spangled Banner

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

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.

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

Who knew that a hippie could be so patriotic? - blakebouwman

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23 Freedom
24 Machine Gun

Should be higher

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

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25 Up from the Skies
26 May This Be Love

This song is really good and by the looks of it underrated in my view. It's one of those songs that takes you on a journey. Imagine being inside a lava lamp and floating in a cushy lava bubble. That's how I feel when I listen to this song. #jivinwiththeflow

This song sounds really cool and different and it's a really mellow song. I dig it.

A beautiful song

Underrated

27 Burning of the Midnight Lamp

How is this not in the top 10?

It’s not an instrumental

Instrumental but the guitar is godlike -

28 Pali Gap

Pali Gap have to be in the top ten for sure. If you haven't heard it do yourself a favour and play it LOUD

Should be number 4 or 5

My favourite Jimi Hendrix song, it's just amazing.
Make me feel so peacefulness.

29 House Burning Down
30 Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)

This song is not affected by time and space

This song could be played in church with just a few changes to the lyrics. I feel I'm going to heaven.

My opinion exactly you would have thought it would have come out somwhere else a true master at work on this track. If you haven't heard it you are missing out bad

Hey Baby and Pali Gap have to be in the top ten fir sure, Pali Gap in particular is very hard to find. Only came out on the Rainbow Bridge Album didn't even make it into the 4 cd bix set. If you haven't heard it do yourself a favour and play it LOUD

31 Remember

Very underrated song of his

32 One Rainy Wish

Beautiful song and lyrics, don't know why it's so far down

My favorite Jimi Hendrix song - UncommonLoon

33 Stone Free

How is this not in the top ten I can't get enough of this song it's one of the stand outs from the album!

34 51st Anniversary
35 Somewhere

Should be higher

Best wah pedal solo ever

This should be way way up there

36 Ezy Ryder

dank

37 Come On

Extremely underrated, it has a guitar solo that keeps on giving.

Excellence!

38 Dolly Dagger
39 Izabella

Best Hendrix song

40 Killing Floor

Just listen to the Live at Montreux version.

Are you kidding me? This song is THIS LOW?

41 Valleys of Neptune

This should be much higher.

42 Earth Blues

Are you serious?!?! This is ONE OF MY FAVORITES by Jimi! What kinda list is this?!

43 Catfish Blues

If you like blues you will like this song. Amazing drum solo.

44 Villanova Junction Blues

I don't understand why this isn't higher in the list

45 Gypsy Eyes

Good hendrix song! Not my favorite but saw it wasn't on the list so had to add it

He recorded this ad nauseum at Electic Lady Land studio that Noel walked out but Jimi had to get it just so

46 Once I Had a Woman

Y'all are sleepin this is the goat

47 Can you See Me?

Awesome song! His guitar solo is absolutely superb, as usual! He was, is, and will always be the best guitar player ever!

48 Love or Confusion

Whoa! I think this song surely deserves to be in the top 20 at least

Also and excellent song! The amazing Jimi conquers again!

49 Message to Love

Who else can play in 3D? Very, very, powerful!

This song is screeming for the top ten.

50 Drifter's Escape
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