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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    YYZ is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Rush

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    La Villa Strangiato is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Rush

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    Freeway Jam is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Always With Me, Always With Yo... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Joe Satriani

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    Funeral for a Friend is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Elton John

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    Little Wing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Little Wing

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    Eruption is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Eruption

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    Beck's Bolero is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Beck's Bolero

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    Whammer Jammer (live) is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Whammer Jammer (live) J. Geils Band

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    Captain Nemo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Captain Nemo Michael Schenker Group

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    Fire on High is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Electric Light Orchestra

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    Los Endos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Genesis

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    Scuttle Buttin' is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Scuttle Buttin'

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    Hiberation is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Hiberation The Amboy Dukes

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    Regatta De Blanc is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Regatta De Blanc The Police Grammy winner

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    Cliffs of Dover is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Cliffs of Dover

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    Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Jessica is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Jessica

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    Bron-Yr-Aur is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Led Zeppelin

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    Surfing With the Alien is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
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    Mood for a Day is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Yes

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    Pink Floyd

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    Switch 625 Def Leppard

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    The Star Spangled Banner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    The Star Spangled Banner

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    Embryonic Journey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Embryonic Journey Jefferson Airplane

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    Peaches en Regalia is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
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    Art of Noise, Duane Eddy Grammy winner

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    Horizons is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Horizons Genesis

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    Green Onions is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Green Onions

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    One of These Days is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
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    3rd Stone From the Sun is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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    Hugo Montenegro and His Orchestra

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    Moby Dick is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Led Zeppelin

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    Wipe Out is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Wipe Out The Surfaris

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    Where's My Thing Rush

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    Bouree is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Jethro Tull

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    Yes

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    Soul Sacrifice is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Carlos Santana, Santana

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    Say What is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Say What

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    Oh Well, Part 1 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Oh Well, Part 1

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    Autobahn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Kraftwerk

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    Time Is Tight is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Time Is Tight Booker T & the MG's

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    For the Love of God is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Steve Vai

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    Losfer Words (Big 'Orra) is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Iron Maiden

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    Fanfare for the Common Man is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Emerson, Lake & Palmer, London Symphony Orchestra

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    Walk, Don’t Run ’64 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    The Ventures

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    Jimi Hendrix Johnny B Goode is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Jimi Hendrix Johnny B Goode

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    Fingertalking is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Fingertalking Triumph

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    Rebel Rouser is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Rebel Rouser Duane Eddy

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