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Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Greatest Jimi Hendrix Song?

Cast your vote in our weekly poll

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March 15, 2013 2:45 PM ET

Jimi Hendrix's newest release, People, Hell and Angels, landed at Number Two on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, selling 72,000 albums. It's his biggest chart success in 44 years – not bad for a guy who died in 1970.

Review: Jimi Hendrix, People, Hell and Angels

Now we have a question for you: what is your favorite Jimi Hendrix song? He had a brief career, but he recorded constantly and left an enormous vault of material behind. Feel free to go with hits like "Hey Joe" and "Foxy Lady," deeper cuts like "Ain't No Telling" and "House Burning Down" or posthumous tunes like "Ships Passing Through the Night" and "Hey Gypsy Boy." Vote for whatever you like, but please only vote once and only for a single song.

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