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Best Rock Instrumentals

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.

Best Rock Instrumentals Songs
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    Rush

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    Rush

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    Freeway Jam Jeff Beck

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    Joe Satriani

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    Elton John

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    Whammer Jammer (live) J. Geils Band

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    Hiberation The Amboy Dukes

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    Captain Nemo Michael Schenker Group

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    Regatta De Blanc The Police Grammy winner

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    Little Wing

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    Beck's Bolero

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    Eruption

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    Genesis

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    Scuttle Buttin'

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    Electric Light Orchestra

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    Edgar Winter, The Edgar Winter Group

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    Cliffs of Dover

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    Yes

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    Jessica

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    Switch 625 Def Leppard

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    Led Zeppelin

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    Pink Floyd

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    The Star Spangled Banner

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    The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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    Say What

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    Green Onions

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    Iron Maiden

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    Home Bound Ted Nugent

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    Behind My Camel The Police Grammy winner

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    Second Home by the Sea Genesis Grammy nominated

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    Led Zeppelin

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    Art of Noise, Duane Eddy Grammy winner

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    Wipe Out The Surfaris

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    Genesis

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    Horizons Genesis

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    Jethro Tull

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    Embryonic Journey Jefferson Airplane

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    Oh Well, Part 1

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    Gary Moore

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    Time Is Tight Booker T & the MG's

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    Cinema Yes

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    Carlos Santana, Santana

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    A Clockwork Orange - Intro Wendy Carlos

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    Where's My Thing Rush

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    Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s Rising Force

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    The Brazilian Genesis

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