The Top 3 Jimi Hendrix Songs Of All Time

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Even though Jimi Hendrix died a little over 47 years ago, his music continues a life of its own.

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Jimi Hendrix (photo via Stringjoy)

Jimi Hendrix’s music keeps selling at an amazing rate. His posthumous album from a few years ago, People, Hell and Angels sold nearly 100,000 copies when it first came out. It reached No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

And even though he wasn’t in the public for very long, he left us with tons and tons of songs.

Here are his best three.

“Purple Haze”

This one might be his most famous song, introducing itself with that legendary opening guitar lick. Surprisingly, it never reached the Unites States charts. Regardless, we now know it is one of his best.

Although many people believe it’s about a drug trip, Hendrix himself debunked that myth, saying it was “about a dream I had that I was walking under the sea.”

“All Along the Watchtower”

Hendrix liked to cover songs, and one of those songs was Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower.” And Hendrix’s version blew Dylan’s mind.

“It overwhelmed me, really,” Dylan said of the guitarist’s cover. “…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.”

Hendrix did Dylan’s song so well that its ownership sort of shifted from the latter to the former.

“Little Wing”

“Little Wing” houses one of the most revered Hendrix guitar solos. It was the first time he recorded through his Leslie speaker, which created a wavy, echo-y sound that made the solo so unique. Plus, a big factor in this song landing at number one is that he wrote it in 145 seconds.

“[‘Little Wing’ is] based on a very, very simple Indian style,” Hendrix said“So I figured I take everything I’d see around [at the festival] and put it maybe in the form of a girl … and call it ‘Little Wing,’ and then it will just fly away.”

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Caleb Murphy is a musician who writes about music. His writing appears in Consequence Of Sound, Pittsburgh City Paper, and some other cool places. He blogs about music at calebjmurphy.com.
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