A vintage promo photo of the Jimi Hendrix Experience

10 Essential Jimi Hendrix Songs

Courtesy of the Rock Hall Library and Archive
Written by: Rock Hall

More than any other musician, Jimi Hendrix realized the fullest range of sound that could be obtained from an amplified instrument.

His boundless drive, technical ability and creative application of such effects as wah-wah and distortion forever transformed the sound of rock and roll. Hendrix helped usher in the age of psychedelia with his 1967 debut, Are You Experienced, and the impact of his brief but meteoric career on popular music continues to be felt.

With such an incredible catalog of work, it's impossible to overstate the impact of the 1992 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. The Rock Hall selected 10 songs that we feel are essential listening. What songs would be on your list?

1. "The Wind Cries Mary" (Are You Experienced, 1967)

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2. "Hey Joe" (Are you Experienced, 1967)

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3. "Red House" (Are You Experienced, 1967)

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4. "Little Wing" (Axis: Bold As Love, 1967)

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5. "Castles Made of Sand" (Axis: Bold As Love, 1967)

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6. "If 6 was 9" (Axis: Bold As Love, 1967)

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7. "All Along The Watchtower" (Electric Ladyland, 1969)

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8. "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" (Electric Ladyland, 1969)

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9. "Crosstown Traffic" (Electric Ladyland, 1969)

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10. "Machine Gun" (Band of Gypsys, 1970)

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