Take a look at the below list of Jimi Hendrix Top 10 Songs and Albums of All Time. Jimi Hendrix was an American singer who is remembered as the greatest guitarist of all time. Hendrix only recorded music for four years, before he died at the age of 27, in 1970. A song, writer, a rock guitarist and singer, many will remember Hendrix for his great taste of fashion and preference for electric guitars and amplifiers. Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington, and his passion for music started at the age of 15 when he began playing the guitar.
Jimi Hendrix Top 10 songs of all time
10. Machine Gun- 1970
All iconic singers of the 60’s wrote something for the Vietnam War. ‘Machine Gun‘ was one such song and a very frenetic song against the war. It was a very long song, which reached up to 20 minutes in live performances. It is considered to be the jam that expressed the best of Hendrix work on the guitar. The song was a dedication to the soldiers in Vietnam on most nights after its release.
9. The Star-Spangled Banner- 1969
‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ was Hendrix version of the American National Anthem. The music legend performed sang his version of the national anthem at the Woodstock Festival of 1969. He brought his feelings about his country and his take on the Vietnam War into the song. The wailing of the electric guitar changed the National Anthem into a sad, deep story.
8. Foxy Lady- 1967
Many do not associate Hendrix with great vocals, but if you listen to this song, you will change your mind. The singer punctuates every verse with a nervous laugh and continues to let his “sweet little lovemaker” know that “you’ve got to be all mine, all mine.” The guitar work involved a dirty jazz chord, currently referred to as ‘the Hendrix Chord’. ‘Foxey Lady’ featured in the US Charts at No.67.
7. The Wind Cries Mary- 1967
Many musicians write songs about their life experiences; what exactly Hendrix did in this song. He wrote the song immediately after breaking up with his girlfriend, Kathy Mary Etchingham. Later, in an interview, Etchingham said that she hit him with a frying pan, “It was a horrific argument,” she added. The song is a beautiful romantic enchantment, explaining why this single hit No.6 in UK Charts.
6. Fire- 1967
Hendrix songs were highly instrumental. In this song, the guitar does more of the talking. ‘Fire’ is a romantic episode where Jimi sings about a lady that is well above his reach, but Jimi is bold enough to tell her ‘Let me stand next to your fire.’ Jimi laid bare his playful side with lines such as “Move over Rover, let Jimi take over.”
5. Little Wing- 1967
‘Little Wing’ was another expression of Hendrix’ great poetry and his expertise on the strings. In an interview in 1968, Jimi Hendrix claimed the surroundings inspired the song. “I was just looking at everything around and figured that I could put it in the form of a girl. I will call it ‘Little Wing’ and then it will only fly away.” The bitter-sweet lyrics are mind blowing. “Well, she is walking through the clouds with a circus mind that’s running round.”
4. All Along The Watch Tower- 1968
‘All Along The Watch Tower” was first written and recorded by Bob Dylan. After Hendrix’ cover, Dylan admitted that the rock guitarist took it to a whole new level. Dylan only played the song publicly four years after Hendrix died. Since then, he played the song over 2,100 times. His performances borrowed a lot from the Hendrix cover. The Hendrix version of the song is the only Hendrix work to reach top 20 in US Billboard Hot 100.
3. Purple Haze- 1967
Purple Haze was Hendrix second single, which was his first entry in the US Charts, at No.65. The song was interpreted by many as a direct reference to LSD, but Hendrix claimed that it was inspired by a dream he had at night where he saw himself walk below the sea. Whatever the inspiration was, it is a great jam with powerful lyrics such as, ‘Purple Haze all in my brain.’ ‘Lately Things just don’t seem the same.’ ‘Actin’ funny but I don’t know why, ‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky.” That last but was highly misheard at the time as “Excuse me as I kiss this guy.” The song was at No.3 in UK Charts.
2. Hey Joe- 1966
‘Hey Joe’ was Hendrix first single. The song was originally sung by The Leaves, a California-based band. After Hendrix released his version, many music fans completely forgot the original version. The song tells a tale of a man who caught his wife cheating and shot her to death before escaping south to Mexico. After the release of this song much more songs came on his debut album.
1. Voodoo Child- 1968
‘Voodoo Child’ was one of the most iconic blues of the 60’s. The jam was so electrifying that it had to be produced twice; first in 1968 in the album Ladyland and a second time in 1971 as a single. The single was No.1 in UK Charts but never featured in US Charts. Nevertheless, the classic has been played countless times on Classic Rock Radio.
Jimi Hendrix Last Recordings of All Time
Ezy Ryder- 1971
Jimi Hendrix came to an untimely drug-related death in 1970. Since his death was not expected, one can’t really say there are activities in his life or songs he wrote that predicted his death. Ezy Ryder, inspired by the film Easy Rider, appeared in the first Hendrix posthumous album ‘Cry of Love’. The album was a collection of songs that would have made Jimi Hendrix fourth album. ‘Ezy Ryder’ is a funk jam with a straightforward message and trippy at the same time.
There is nothing fair about dying at the age of 27, especially if you have such a promising future like Hendrix. The iconic instrumentalist introduced the use of the wah-wah pedal in rock music. Hendrix received awards such as Melody Maker Pop Musician of The Year in 1967, Rolling Stone Performer of The Year in 1968, Disc and Music Echo World Top Musician in 1969 and Guitar Player Rock Guitarist of the Year in 1970. In 1992 the Jimi Hendrix Experience earned a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2005, the same happened in the UK Music Hall of Fame. All three of his studio albums are among the 100 Greatest Albums Of All Time.