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

Nothing even comes close to this one, would make my top 10 songs ever.

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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.
- 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.

So hard to play

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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!

One of the best songs ever great riff awesome genius

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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

Simplicity and the talking way he sings it.

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

Bes one.

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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

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! - 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 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?

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

That guitar intro = instant chills

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13 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.

14 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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15 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.

16 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

17 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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18 Night Bird Flying
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!

21 Highway Chile
22 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

23 Voodoo Chile

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!

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24 Gloria
25 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!

26 Star Spangled Banner

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

Hendrix and the stratocaster...made for each other

27 Freedom
28 Third Stone From the Sun

Are you kidding me? He's literally doing some magic tricks with his guitar in this song. I close my eyes and enjoy the view from up there.

One of the greatest space rock songs to ever come from a guitar point of view. He literally takes you on an adventure with his song.

29 Up from the Skies
30 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


31 Valleys of Neptune

This should be much higher.

32 Like a Rolling Stone
33 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.

34 Let Me Go
35 Wild Thing

I like this version better than the original - blakebouwman

36 Sunshine of Your Love

funny to jam too. fast and fun. - blakebouwman

37 One Rainy Wish

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

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38 House Burning Down
39 Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)

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

40 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!

41 Remember
42 Ezy Ryder


43 Come On
44 Izabella
45 Dolly Dagger
46 Catfish Blues

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

47 51st Anniversary
48 Somewhere

This should be way way up there

49 Earth Blues

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

50 Once I Had a Woman

Y'all are sleepin this is the goat

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Top Remixes (41)

1. Purple Haze
2. The Wind Cries Mary
3. All Along the Watchtower
1. Little Wing
2. The Wind Cries Mary
3. Hey Joe
1. Gloria
2. All Along the Watchtower
3. Voodoo Child

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