The Best Rock Instrumentals Songs

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

    Rush

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    Rush

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    Joe Satriani

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    Freeway Jam

    Freeway Jam Jeff Beck

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    Little Wing

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    Eruption

    Eruption

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    Funeral for a Friend

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    Elton John

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    Whammer Jammer (live)

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    Whammer Jammer (live) J. Geils Band

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    Beck's Bolero

    Beck's Bolero

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    Hiberation

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    Hiberation The Amboy Dukes

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    Fire on High

    Electric Light Orchestra

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    Genesis

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    Scuttle Buttin'

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    Scuttle Buttin'

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    Regatta De Blanc

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    Regatta De Blanc The Police Grammy winner

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    Hocus Pocus
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    Captain Nemo

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    Captain Nemo Michael Schenker Group

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    Cliffs of Dover

    Cliffs of Dover

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    Frankenstein

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    Jessica

    Jessica

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    Bron-Yr-Aur

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    Led Zeppelin

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    Surfing With the Alien
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    Switch 625

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    Switch 625 Def Leppard

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    Pink Floyd

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    Mood for a Day

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    Yes

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    The Star Spangled Banner

    The Star Spangled Banner

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    Peter Gunn

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    Art of Noise, Duane Eddy Grammy winner

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    Peaches en Regalia
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    3rd Stone From the Sun

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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    One of These Days
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    Green Onions

    Green Onions

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    Embryonic Journey Jefferson Airplane

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    Moby Dick

    Led Zeppelin

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    Wipe Out

    Wipe Out The Surfaris

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    Horizons Genesis

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    Bouree

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    Jethro Tull

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    Hugo Montenegro and His Orchestra

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    Oh Well, Part 1

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    Say What

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    Say What

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    Yes

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    Where's My Thing Rush

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    Autobahn

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    Kraftwerk

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    Time Is Tight

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    Time Is Tight Booker T & the MG's

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    Soul Sacrifice

    Carlos Santana, Santana

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    Fanfare for the Common Man

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    Emerson, Lake & Palmer, London Symphony Orchestra

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    Home Bound

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    Home Bound Ted Nugent

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    Fingertalking

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    Fingertalking Triumph

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    Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)

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    Iron Maiden

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    Outward Bound

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    Outward Bound Wishbone Ash

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    Second Home by the Sea

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    Second Home by the Sea Genesis Grammy nominated

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    For the Love of God

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    Steve Vai

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