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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Jimi Hendrix Songs

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Jimi Hendrix has been dead for 43 years, but his music continues to sell at an incredible rate. His new posthumous release People, Hell and Angels sold 72,000 records last week, landing at Number Two on the Billboard Hot 100. Many fans are stunned that his vault isn't empty after all these years, but Hendrix worked like a maniac during his brief career and left behind a huge trove of songs. Last week, we asked our readers to vote for their favorite Hendrix song of all time. Click through to see the results. 

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2. ‘Little Wing’

Jimi explained the backstory to "Little Wing" in a 1968 interview with a Swedish writer. "It's based on a very, very simple Indian style," he said. "I got the idea when we were in Monterey and I was just lookin' at everything around. So I figured that I take everything I'd see around and put it maybe in the form of a girl, or something like that, and call it 'Little Wing,' and then it will just fly away." The song appears on Axis: Bold as Love and has been covered by Derek and the Dominos, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Sting and many, many others.  

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1. ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)’

The final song on the Jimi Hendrix Experience's final album won this poll. The song began its life shortly after they cut the 15-minute-long "Voodoo Chile." A film crew came to the studio to record the band working the day after that marathon session and they didn't feel like playing the finished track again, so they improvised around some of the same images and guitar lines and came up with "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," which is essentially a "slight return" to "Voodoo Chile." (The near-identical names of the two songs have confused fans for decades.) The song was released as a single shortly after Hendrix's death, and it shot to Number One in the UK. It didn't even crack the Hot 100 in America, but it's since been played on classic rock radio roughly 10 billion times.  

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