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- Posted on Nov 27th 2009 9:49AM by Richard Moore
The track which topped the charts way back in 1970 received 14% of the votes cast and edged Guns N' Roses' classic rock ballad 'Sweet Child O' Mine' into second place. The last time the poll was conducted -- five years ago by MusicRadar.com's sister Magazine Total Guitar -- the G N' R track triumphed.
Few contemporary acts made the top 50 with pollsters opting for classic rock legends over today's axe-wielding young bucks. Only two tracks from the last decade made it into the top 20 with Muse's 'Plug in Baby' at number 11 and the White Stripes' 'Seven Nation Army' at number 15.
Hendrix himself had two other entries with 'Purple Haze' at number 22 and 'Foxy Lady' at number 47.
MusicRadar.com's editor-in-chief Mike Goldsmith said: "Nearly 40 years after his untimely death, Jimi Hendrix is still the undisputed heavyweight champion of rock guitar.
"Of the current generation of six-string stars, only Jack White of the White Stripes and Muse frontman Matt Bellamy feature in the higher echelons of our list. No surprise given both Bellamy and White share -- or have inherited -- Hendrix's unique blend of experimental instincts and white-knuckle showmanship. Above all though, our poll seems to indicate one thing - in 2009, classic rock still rules."
Over 5,000 MusicRadar users cast their votes in the poll.