Greatest Jimi Hendrix Songs

The Top Ten

1 All Along the Watchtower All Along the Watchtower Cover Art

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

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.

When you enter thetoptens. There must be some kind of way outta here.

2 Voodoo Child Voodoo Child Cover Art

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.

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.

Makes me feel good. Great-sounding, experimental, flowing. Makes me melt.

3 Purple Haze Purple Haze Cover Art

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!

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.

4 Little Wing Little Wing Cover Art

Beautifully poetic and well played on the guitar. Jimi's vocals are also so nice on this

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

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.

5 Hey Joe Hey Joe Cover Art

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)

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

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

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

And the wind cries mary

Simplicity and the talking way he sings it.

7 Foxey Lady Foxey Lady Cover Art

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

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

8 Fire Fire Cover Art

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!

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

9 Crosstown Traffic Crosstown Traffic Cover Art

Should be a lot higher

Super catchy and great, absolutely love this song.

Definitely in top 5 for me

Should be top 5. This is such a great song

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.

It deserves to be at least 5th

Underrated song! Really really great song

Such a masterpiece. This song sends your mind afloat.

The Contenders

11 Bold as Love Bold as Love Cover Art

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

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.

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.

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

One of the best psychedelic songs of all time

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

Definitely his best song. His most complete ballad

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

14 Red House Red House Cover Art

My favourite song of all time.

Love the music and the lyrics too

Should be higher than just spot 24

Guitar work is the best of jimi's

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.

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

Who knew that a hippie could be so patriotic?

Hendrix and the stratocaster...made for each other

17 Spanish Castle Magic Spanish Castle Magic Cover Art

This song is sick! A Top Ten for sure!

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!

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

Awesome song

Amazing song, should be a lot higher.

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.

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.

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 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

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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