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

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    Freeway Jam is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Freeway Jam Jeff Beck

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

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    Horizons Genesis

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    Little Wing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Little Wing

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    Always With Me, Always With Yo... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Joe Satriani

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

    Eruption

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

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    Embryonic Journey Jefferson Airplane

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    La Villa Strangiato is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Rush

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    Funeral for a Friend is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Elton John

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    Yes

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    Mood for a Day is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Yes

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

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    Kraftwerk

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    Bron-Yr-Aur is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Led Zeppelin

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    Cliffs of Dover is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Cliffs of Dover

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    Beck's Bolero is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Beck's Bolero

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    Jessica is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Jessica

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    Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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

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    Genesis

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    Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
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    Regatta De Blanc is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Regatta De Blanc The Police Grammy winner

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    King Crimson

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    Hairless Heart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Hairless Heart Genesis

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    King Crimson

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    The Gates of Delirium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    The Gates of Delirium Yes

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    Hugo Montenegro and His Orchestra

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    Rebel Rouser is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Rebel Rouser Duane Eddy

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    Fire on High is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Electric Light Orchestra

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    Glaeken Awakens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Glaeken Awakens Tangerine Dream

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    Scuttle Buttin' is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Scuttle Buttin'

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    Whammer Jammer (live) is listed (or ranked) 30 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) 31 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Captain Nemo Michael Schenker Group

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    Surfing With the Alien is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
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    King Crimson

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    Switch 625 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Switch 625 Def Leppard

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    Peter Gunn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Art of Noise, Duane Eddy Grammy winner

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    Soul Sacrifice is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Carlos Santana, Santana

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    Hang 'Em High is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Hang 'Em High Booker T. & the M.G.'s

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    Moby Dick is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Led Zeppelin

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

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    Hiberation The Amboy Dukes

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    Green Onions is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Green Onions

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

    Misirlou

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    The Star Spangled Banner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    The Star Spangled Banner

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    A Clockwork Orange - Intro is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    A Clockwork Orange - Intro Wendy Carlos

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    Mason Williams

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    Ravine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Ravine Genesis

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    Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats Genesis

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    Leave That Thing Alone is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Leave That Thing Alone Rush

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    Pink Floyd

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

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    Telstar The Tornados

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