Combining songwriting talent with a great ear for tone and melody, Jimi Hendrix is consistently named the greatest guitar player of all time by the rock ‘n’ roll bible Rolling Stone. We present to you the Top 10 Jimi Hendrix Songs.
10. ‘If 6 Was 9’
Taken from the album ‘Axis: Bold as Love’ released in the year 1967. the song ‘If 6 Was 9’ is widely considered a classic example of acid-fueled blues. It contains stereo panning, echo, fuzz box distortion and reverb all doing their part to create a distinct sound. Not only is the song ‘If 6 Was 9’ popular, it also appeared on the soundtrack of ‘Easy Rider’. The song was also covered by various artists such as Bootsy Collins, Tori Amos and David Lee Roth.
9. ‘Hear My Train A Comin”
Taken from the album ‘Blues’ released in 1994, a posthumous release containing 13 blues songs, although they were probably never intended for release. ‘Hear My Train A Comin’’ is featured twice, the closing number being a recording of an electric version he frequently played live. A Hendrix original, the song sounds very much like a timeless blues.
8. ‘Who Knows’
The song can be found on the famous ‘Band of Gyspys’ album released in the year 1970 an represents a more organic, earthy side of Jimi.
7. ‘Ezy Ryder’
Taken from the famous music album From ‘Cry of Love’ released in the year 1971, is inspired by the movie with the same name “ Easy Rider” and represent a more straightforward and funky part of the artists creations. The song is within the few that were meant to become Jimi’s 4th album, 1995’s ‘Voodoo Soup’ and 1997’s ‘First Rays of the New Rising Sun.’
6. Hey Joe
Taken form the ‘Are You Experienced’ album released in the year 1967 and represents rock standard previously played by the artist with his former band, the Blue Flame. The song failed to chart in America but became a Top 10 single in the U.K. It is also Jimi’s closing number at Woodstock in 1969, becoming the last song performed at the legendary festival that year. The song was covered by various artists but the original various remains the most loved and the most popular among fans.
5. Voodoo Child
The famous song can be found on ‘Electric Ladyland’ album released in the year 1968. The last track on his final studio album and one of his signature songs, it represents is 15 minutes of laid-back, down-and-dirty psychedelic blues. It was released at the end 1970 and was the last single that would surface from the tree properly recorded albums Jimi produced before is death, same year.
4. Burning of the Midnight Lamp
The song can be found on ‘Electric Ladyland’ album released in the year 1968. The song has an unforgettable harpsichord intro, fantastic guitar effects and studio trickery, the song , ‘Midnight Lamp’, represents a start off for the production strategies that Jimi also used for albums such as ‘Axis’ and ‘Ladyland’. The wah-wah guitar effects on this song also became a signature for his later live performances.
3. Little Wing
The song can be found on ‘Axis: Bold As Love’ album released in 1967. The song is known for its gorgeous guitar solo being the first time that Jimi recorded his guitar through a Leslie speaker. The wave-like echo sounds that define His music were born using the same type of speaker as the one used for the recording of ‘Little Wing’.
2. All Along the Watchtower
The song can be found on ‘Electric Ladyland’ album released in 1968. The song was originally written and played by Bob Dylan, Jimi releasing his version only a year after. His version quickly became the facto version even for Dylan. . “It overwhelmed me, really,” Dylan said of Jimi’s ‘Watchtower,’. Dylan later added: “Ever since he died I’ve been doing it [his] way … Strange how when I sing it, I always feel it’s a tribute to him in some kind of way.”
1. Purple Haze
From album ‘Are You Experienced’ released in the year 1967, the song landed at No. 17 on Rolling Stone magazine’s tally of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The 2:50 minutes of psychedelic glory never charted in America yet introduced Jimi and his backing band and brought them the fame and reputation that is still available today.