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

    YYZ Rush

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

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    Always With Me, Always With You Joe Satriani

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    La Villa Strangiato is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    La Villa Strangiato Rush

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

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    Funeral for a Friend 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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    Embryonic Journey is listed (or ranked) 8 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) 9 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Beck's Bolero

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    Scuttle Buttin' is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Scuttle Buttin'

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    Whammer Jammer (live) is listed (or ranked) 11 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) 12 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Hiberation The Amboy Dukes

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    Los Endos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Los Endos Genesis

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    Captain Nemo is listed (or ranked) 14 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) 15 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Regatta De Blanc The Police Grammy winner

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    Leave That Thing Alone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Leave That Thing Alone Rush

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

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    Horizons Genesis

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    Cliffs of Dover is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Cliffs of Dover

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

    Fire on High Electric Light Orchestra

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

    Frankenstein Edgar Winter, The Edgar Winter Group

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

    Hocus Pocus Focus

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

    Jessica

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    Autobahn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Autobahn Kraftwerk

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    Bron-Yr-Aur is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Bron-Yr-Aur Led Zeppelin

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    Mood for a Day is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Mood for a Day Yes

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    Surfing With the Alien is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Surfing With the Alien Joe Satriani

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    Switch 625 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Switch 625 Def Leppard

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    The Great Gig in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    The Great Gig in the Sky Pink Floyd

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

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    Home Bound Ted Nugent

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

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    Fingertalking Triumph

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    Wot Gorilla? Genesis

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    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Hugo Montenegro and His Orchestra

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    The Star Spangled Banner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    The Star Spangled Banner

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    Peter Gunn is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Peter Gunn Art of Noise, Duane Eddy Grammy winner

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    Green Onions is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    Green Onions

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

    Soul Sacrifice Carlos Santana, Santana

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    Glaeken Awakens is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Glaeken Awakens Tangerine Dream

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    A Clockwork Orange - Intro is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    A Clockwork Orange - Intro Wendy Carlos

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

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    Coast to Coast Scorpions

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    For the Love of God is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    For the Love of God Steve Vai

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    The Fish (Schindleria Praematu... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) - Live Yes

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    One of These Days is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

    One of These Days Pink Floyd

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    Dee (Randy Rhoads Studio Out-T... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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    Dee (Randy Rhoads Studio Out-Takes)

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    Still Got the Blues Gary Moore

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

    Wipe Out The Surfaris

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    Where's My Thing Rush

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    The Brazilian Genesis

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

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    Far Beyond the Sun Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s Rising Force

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

    Moby Dick Led Zeppelin

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