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

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    Always With Me, Always With Yo... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Joe Satriani

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

    Little Wing

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    La Villa Strangiato is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Rush

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    Funeral for a Friend is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Elton John

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

    Eruption

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    Horizons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Horizons Genesis

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    Embryonic Journey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Embryonic Journey Jefferson Airplane

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    Beck's Bolero is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Beck's Bolero

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    Regatta De Blanc is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Regatta De Blanc The Police Grammy winner

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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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    Cliffs of Dover is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Cliffs of Dover

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    Mood for a Day is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Yes

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    Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Edgar Winter, The Edgar Winter Group

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

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    Captain Nemo Michael Schenker Group

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    Scuttle Buttin' is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Scuttle Buttin'

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    Whammer Jammer (live) is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Whammer Jammer (live) J. Geils Band

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

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    Kraftwerk

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    Hiberation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Hiberation The Amboy Dukes

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    Bron-Yr-Aur is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Led Zeppelin

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    Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
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    Fire on High is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Electric Light Orchestra

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    Jessica is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Jessica

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    Leave That Thing Alone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Leave That Thing Alone Rush

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    Yes

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    Hugo Montenegro and His Orchestra

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    Surfing With the Alien is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
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    Switch 625 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Switch 625 Def Leppard

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    Pink Floyd

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    Wot Gorilla? is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Genesis

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    Glaeken Awakens is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Glaeken Awakens Tangerine Dream

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    Peter Gunn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Art of Noise, Duane Eddy Grammy winner

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    The Star Spangled Banner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    The Star Spangled Banner

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    Coast to Coast is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Scorpions

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

    Carlos Santana, Santana

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    Hairless Heart is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Hairless Heart Genesis

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    The Brazilian Genesis

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    King Crimson

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    Second Home by the Sea is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Second Home by the Sea Genesis Grammy nominated

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

    Green Onions

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    Moby Dick is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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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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    Rebel Rouser is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Rebel Rouser Duane Eddy

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    Gary Moore

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    Home Bound is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Home Bound Ted Nugent

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    Fanfare for the Common Man is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Emerson, Lake & Palmer, London Symphony Orchestra

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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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    Behind My Camel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Behind My Camel The Police Grammy winner

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