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Jimi Hendrix leads top 10 music festival performances voted by Rock Hall fans

Visitor enter the latest Rock Hall exhibit which focuses on music festivals
Visitor enter the latest Rock Hall exhibit which focuses on music festivals
Mike Raymond

Beginning this weekend, visitors to the Rock Hall can check out a new main exhibit called Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience. The two-floor experience replaces the Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary exhibit that ran for nearly two years.

The latest exhibit surrounds visitors with sights and sounds of festivals dating back to 1938. It traces the birth of the modern festival all the way through today's Electronic Dance Music stadium shows.

Unique artifacts, instruments and even artist's clothing are on display such as John Mellencamp's corduroy jacket worn during 1985's Live Aid.

The heaviest dose of the exhibit comes on the top floor where giant video screens and speakers pump out the music from Woodstock, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Coachella and more.

"We wanted to put the visitor directly in the middle of the action with other people" said Dr. Lauren Onkey of the Rock Hall's Education Department. "We're trying not to make this a static experience, but an immersive one."

Giant scaffolding in the middle of the exhibit might serve as more of a hindurance for ultimate viewing pleasure, but you'll be able to check out the monitors from different angles.

The exhibit runs through January of 2015.

Meanwhile, the Rock Hall staff is busy editing highlights from the Top 10 music festival performances as voted by the fans (from a list of 20). Here are the results:

1. Jimi Hendrix Experience (Monterey International Pop Music Festival, 1967)

2. Big Brother and the Holding Company (Monterey International Pop Music Festival, 1967)

3. Queen (Live Aid, 1985)

4. Santana (Woodstock Music & Art Fair, 1969)

5. Bob Dylan (Newport Folk Festival, 1965)

6. Otis Redding (Monterey International Pop Music Festival, 1967)

7. Nine Inch Nails (Woodstock Music & Art Fair, 1994)

8. Sly and the Family Stone (Woodstrick Music & Art Fair, 1969)

9. U2 (Live Aid, 1985)

10. Muddy Waters (Newport Jazz Festival, 1960)

#9  U2 --- Live Aid in 1985.
#9 U2 --- Live Aid in 1985. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

#9 U2 --- Live Aid in 1985.

U2 was voted in the Top Ten Festival Performances for their exhilarating show at Live Aid in 1985. Emotional songs like "Bad" and "Pride" were played as the band was fresh off of its release of The Unforgettable Fire album.

U2 was voted in the Top Ten Festival Performances for their exhilarating show at Live Aid in 1985. Emotional songs like "Bad" and "Pride" were played as the band was fresh off of its release of The Unforgettable Fire album.

#5  Bob Dylan --1965 Newport Music Festival
#5 Bob Dylan --1965 Newport Music Festival Andrew Burton/Getty Images

#5 Bob Dylan --1965 Newport Music Festival

Bob Dylan threw the Newport Folk Festival for a loop by plugging in an electric guitar that forever changed the course of popular music.

Bob Dylan threw the Newport Folk Festival for a loop by plugging in an electric guitar that forever changed the course of popular music.

#4 Santana--Woodstock 1969
#4 Santana--Woodstock 1969 Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

#4 Santana--Woodstock 1969

Carlos Santana and his band lit up the stage at Woodstock in 1969. Most memorable was a drum solo by a 20 year old Michael Shrieve.

Carlos Santana and his band lit up the stage at Woodstock in 1969. Most memorable was a drum solo by a 20 year old Michael Shrieve.