Electric Ladyland Songs Ranked

Electric Ladyland is the third and final studio album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the final studio album released in Hendrix’s lifetime before his death in 1970. Released by Reprise Records in North America on October 16, 1968, and by Track Records in the UK nine days later, the double album was the only record from the band produced by Hendrix. By mid-November, it had charted at number one in the US, where it spent two weeks at the top spot. Electric Ladyland was the Experience’s most commercially successful release and their only number one album. It peaked at number six in the UK, where it spent 12 weeks on the chart. Electric Ladyland included a cover of the Bob Dylan song “All Along the Watchtower”, which became the Experience’s best-selling single, peaking at number six in the UK and 20 in the US. Although the album confounded critics in 1968, it has since been viewed as Hendrix’s best work and one of the greatest rock records of all time. Electric Ladyland has been featured on many greatest-album lists, including Q magazine’s 2003 list of the 100 greatest albums and Rolling Stone‘s 2020 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, on which it was ranked 53rd. Here are all of Electric Ladyland’s songs ranked

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16. Moon, Turn the Tides… Gently, Gently Away

“Moon, turn the tides…gently, gently away is a one minute long instrumental which sounds spacey. Has a ‘boing boing’ sound in the middle, which brings to mind Metallica’s song “Better than you” from my favourite album by that band, “Reload”.”

15. …And the Gods Made Love

“It features syth war time type noises and heavily distorted speech. Spacey sounds ensue. Perhaps this song is meant to simulate the perceptual experience of the drug L.S.D?”

14. Little Miss Strange

“The intro to this song reminds me of “Love the one you’re with”. The rock drum lick in this track is quite savage and makes me think that it could have been the most brutal in music to that point. The drumming at other times is also of the ‘power’ variety. The guitar sounds in this song vary, from country style lead guitar, to the perhaps synthesiser sounding guitars, which presage Led Zeppelin, I assume. Hendrix does not sing on this track and they style is in the 60s pop form.”

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13. Long Hot Summer Night

“Groovy little starting riff. Hendrix and seduction, I love it. It features backing vocals and some varied guitar textures. Bass guitar also noticeable..”

12. Still Raining Still Dreaming

“Another track where Jimi makes his guitar talk. The guitar is twangy, liquid and bluesy. The organ features in this track. Much of the track is instrumental.”

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11. Gypsy Eyes

“It has a simple drum beat, a la songs like “Run to the hills” and “Black Betty” (re intros to these); the guitar has effects and the rhythm guitar sounds interesting. Noticeable bass; sometimes this song reminds me of The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ song “Suck my kiss”.”

10. Come on (Let the Good Times Roll)

“I wonder if The Cars’ song called “Let the good times roll” liked the title of this song. Some hard rock sounding guitars here, with some excellent heavy metal type bluesy lead guitar and solo, with fast fretwork. The solo in this song is noteworthy.

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9. Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)

“One of my favorite Hendrix vocal performances in “Have You Ever Been” (To Electric Ladyland), which has been pointed out before as having Mayfield/Impressions influences, and I agree with that sentiment. Jimi did all of the background and harmonizing as well.”

8. Burning of the Midnight Lamp

“It has a very nice melody, harpsichord and guitar, I think. The guitar has a certain twang to it, as well. Guessing that a snare drum or something fancy is used in this track too, for the intro. Backing singing has a choral flavour to it.”

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7. Rainy Day, Dream Away

“Discordant intro with Hendrix coughing and sniffing away. Perhaps this was the first time that that kind of noise was featured on an album…Pink Floyd do it too on their classic “Wish you were here”. Charming! Features a nice sax bit, organ and a jazzy kind of jam, before getting more formal for the last half a minute of the track. Jimi makes his guitar talk on this song, so to speak.”

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6. House Burning Down

“One of Jimi’s best guitar freakouts in “House Burning Down”, an underrated track from the album. What follows are perhaps the man’s two greatest songs he ever recorded..”

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5. Crosstown Traffic

“imi did all of the background and harmonizing as well. He still didn’t stray too far off from doing a single, which was created in “Crosstown Traffic”, a fiery blast of guitar and drumming prowess in 2:26 time.”

4. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

“Even though you never hear this song on Australian FM (I think that Watchtower might be the only track that gets played here, or maybe “Hey Joe” too), the intro to this song is iconic, probably because American culture perpetuates it, like a meme. A good thing too. It is funky with its boom chicka chicka boom lead guitar sound.”

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3. 1983… (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)

“1983… (A Merman I Should Turn To Be) – an epic mural of sound, running to 13:39 minutes in length (the regular album version had 13:41 run time on the display, but I don’t know if anything is lost on the collectors edition). This song put in mind a number of songs released after this album, but which I heard first: the guitar lick for Metallica’s “Unforgiven”, I think, and the outro for Midnight Oil’s great instrumental “Weddingcake Island”. It also makes me wonder if an album like Patti Smith’s “Horses” owes a lyrical debut to this track.”

2. Voodoo Chile

“A 15 minute long epic blues rock song. Has that classic blues beat and the tonal quality to the guitar early on is nice. Also features the organ. The last few minutes of this track are a rock jam, with kinetic power drumming. The outro is ambient and features an extended studio chat, which also might be a first for popular music…from memory, Pink Floyd employ something analogous for their song “Money”.

1. All Along the Watchtower

“All Along the Watchtower”, that’s all that really needs to be said isn’t it? What else can be said about his amazing rendition of the Bob Dylan classic? Nothing, because I am left speechless every time I hear it. It is one of the best songs of all time, but the final track is even better…”