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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    La Villa Strangiato is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Rush

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

    Eruption

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

    Little Wing

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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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    Captain Nemo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Captain Nemo Michael Schenker Group

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    Regatta De Blanc is listed (or ranked) 10 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) 11 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Genesis

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    Scuttle Buttin' is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Scuttle Buttin'

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    Whammer Jammer (live) is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Whammer Jammer (live) J. Geils Band

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

    Electric Light Orchestra

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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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    Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
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    Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Edgar Winter, The Edgar Winter Group

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

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    Embryonic Journey Jefferson Airplane

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

    Jessica

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    Horizons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Horizons Genesis

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    Surfing With the Alien is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
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    Bron-Yr-Aur is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Led Zeppelin

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    Pink Floyd

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    Switch 625 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Switch 625 Def Leppard

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    Mood for a Day is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Yes

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    The Star Spangled Banner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    The Star Spangled Banner

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    Leave That Thing Alone is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Leave That Thing Alone Rush

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

    Green Onions

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    One of These Days is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
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    Hugo Montenegro and His Orchestra

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

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    Kraftwerk

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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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    Peter Gunn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Art of Noise, Duane Eddy Grammy winner

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    Where's My Thing Rush

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    3rd Stone From the Sun is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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    Home Bound is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Home Bound Ted Nugent

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

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    Fingertalking Triumph

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    Soul Sacrifice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Carlos Santana, Santana

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    Genesis

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    Yes

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

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    Jethro Tull

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

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    Say What

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    Coast to Coast is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Scorpions

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    Gary Moore

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    Far Beyond the Sun is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s Rising Force

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

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    Wipe Out The Surfaris

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