Rock guitar virtuoso Jimi Hendrix (1942 – 1970) took a guitar break during his performance at the Isle of Wight Festival, August 1970.
As anyone who knows rock music will tell you, Jimi Hendrix is one of the best and most influential artists of all time. Her recording career spanned less than five years; he died at age 27 on September 18, 1970. But his three studio albums helped change the course of rock music and pop culture. Over the years, various record labels have unloaded all sorts of reissues and live recordings. It’s understandable if the torrent of Hendrix releases makes you say, “Another Hendrix release? Yet?” But the man has recorded a lot of mind-blowing music in his short life.
We’ve gone through his albums released during his lifetime, as well as many posthumously released collections. So, in honor of what would have been his 80th birthday on November 27, we decided to take a deep dive into his catalog… and we also took a look at his influence and influences. So, we present you with a series of lists: the 16 best Jimi covers, the 22 best covers of Jimi songs and here, the 42 best Jimi original jams. We’re only including songs written by Jimi, so there are at least two big hits you’ll notice not on this list.