Countdown for the Absolute Best Jimi Hendrix Songs

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Unless you have been living under a rock your whole life, chances are you heard of Jimi Hendrix and the way he influenced music. He was one of the greatest and most famous guitar players and he is just as popular now as he was in the ‘60s. For your convenience, we also added YouTube videos of the songs so you can enjoy them while reading the article.

10. Castles Made of Sand

From ‘Axis: Bold as Love’

This Jimi Hendrix song is like a commentary on how life is meaningless. Some people said that this song is about memories from Jimi’s childhood such as his mother’s illness and separation of his parents. Hendrix, however, did not confirm that.

9. Hear My Train A Comin’

From ‘Blues’

The album ‘Blues’ was released after Jimi’s death and contains 13 blues songs. ‘Hear My Train A Comin’ is a very haunting song that sounds like a very old blues song but is actually composed by Hendrix.

8. Red House

From ‘Are You Experienced’

This blues song is one of the first numbers that Jimi Hendrix recorded with his band. Although the song wasn’t originally on the American version of the ‘Are You Experienced’ album, because it was thought to be too blues for the rock fans in the United States, the song slowly became a favorite for fans.

7. Who Knows

From ‘Band of Gypsys’

‘Who Knows’ shows a very organic side of Jimi Hendrix with his amazing guitar playing an excellent and funky sound. The song was recorded during four live shows over a period of two nights.

6. Hey Joe

Debut Single

This number is Jimi’s first single, even though the guitar player didn’t write it. It’s a sad tale about a man who was cheated on by his wife and eventually caught her, killed her and flees to Mexico.

5. Ezy Ryder

From ‘Cry of Love’

This number appeared on the first album released after Jimi’s death in 1971 and is inspired by the ‘Easy Rider’ movie. ‘Cry of Love’ is a collection of studio recordings that were meant to appear on Jimi’s next album and is a testament of what Jimi’s music would have become eventually; a lot less psychedelic and trippy guitars and a lot more funky riffs.

4. Voodoo Child

From ‘Electric Ladyland’

Voodoo Child is the last track on the album and a very beautiful reprise to the more psychedelic track ‘Voodoo Chile’. The track was released at the end of the ‘70s and is Jimi’s final single to come out of his only three albums that he finished before his death.

3. Bold as Love

From ‘Axis: Bold as Love’

The guitar player was already a great sensation releasing hit after hit when he entered the studio to record his second album ‘Axis: Bold as Love’. This track is a great finale and is one of the best songs on the album. Also, the lyrics paint a great picture about love and the way it is capable to change someone.

2. All Along the Watchtower

From ‘Electric Ladyland’

This track impressed even Bob Dylan (who is the original author of the song) and made him sing it the way Jimi did after his death. Dylan said “It overwhelmed me, really” and it is pretty easy to see why.

1. Purple Haze

From ‘Are You Experienced’

‘Purple Haze’ is the opening track on his first album. If you heard of Jimi Hendrix, you heard of this song. Even though the song never made the charts in America it inspired almost everything. It’s part of our culture now and can be found anywhere from an LSD brand to an amazing scene in the cult movie ‘Apocalypse Now’. The song is number 17 on Rolling Stones’ top of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

So there you have it. This was our list of what we believe are the ten best Jimi Hendrix songs. These are timeless classics full of hidden meanings and are still some of the best rock songs ever recorded.

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