The Best Rock Instrumentals

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The best rock instrumentals manage to be powerful and moving, without using any lyrics whatsoever. The instrumentals on this list include fiery guitar assaults, surf rock songs and trippy, psychedelic-era rock fusion tunes. Many of the greatest rock instrumentals were recorded decades ago, particularly in the 1970s, but some more modern instrumentals are also included here. What is the best instrumental rock song of all time? That's for you to decide, with your votes. If you don't think a song deserves a spot on this list, vote it down. If it's more than worthy, vote it up!

Some of the most memorable rock instrumentals include jams by some of the greatest guitarists of all time, like Jimi Hendrix, Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Hendrix' version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" makes the list (and should top any list of best guitar solos), but several other Hendrix tunes also make the cut (one, "Little Wing," was recorded by Vaughan). Other truly amazing instrumentals come from monster rock bands like Yes, Rush and of course, Pink Floyd.

What are the top instrumental electric guitar songs? Deciding the greatest rock instrumentals of all time is tough to do with so many choices, and this list is merely a jumping off point. Again, add your choices for best rock instrumentals as well.

Check out more lists like who won an award for the best instrumental, the greatest instrumental rock bands, and the best guitar players of all time.


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    Rush

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    Freeway Jam

    Freeway Jam Jeff Beck

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    Always With Me, Always With You

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    Joe Satriani

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    Funeral for a Friend

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    Elton John

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    Little Wing

    Little Wing

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    Eruption

    Eruption

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    Beck's Bolero

    Beck's Bolero

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    Whammer Jammer (live) J. Geils Band

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    Scuttle Buttin'

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    Fire on High

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    Regatta De Blanc The Police Grammy winner

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    Hiberation

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    Hiberation The Amboy Dukes

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    Captain Nemo Michael Schenker Group

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    Genesis

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    Cliffs of Dover

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    Jessica

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    Yes

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    Switch 625 Def Leppard

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    The Star Spangled Banner

    The Star Spangled Banner

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    Peaches en Regalia
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    Peter Gunn

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    Art of Noise, Duane Eddy Grammy winner

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    3rd Stone From the Sun

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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    Embryonic Journey Jefferson Airplane

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    Green Onions

    Green Onions

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    One of These Days
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    Moby Dick

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    Horizons Genesis

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    Wipe Out The Surfaris

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    Oh Well, Part 1

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    Where's My Thing Rush

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    Soul Sacrifice

    Carlos Santana, Santana

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    Say What

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    Kraftwerk

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    Time Is Tight

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    Time Is Tight Booker T & the MG's

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    Yes

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    For the Love of God

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    Steve Vai

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    Iron Maiden

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    Jimi Hendrix Johnny B Goode

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    Second Home by the Sea

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    Second Home by the Sea Genesis Grammy nominated

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