bands/musicians The Best Rock Instrumentals  

Adam Tyler
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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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Underture is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Underture The Who

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Little Wing

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YYZ Rush

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Yesternow, Part 3 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Yesternow, Part 3 Miles Davis

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Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Casino Royale Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

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

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Batman Theme is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Batman Theme Link Wray

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Ramrod is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Ramrod Duane Eddy

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Werewolf is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Werewolf The Frantics

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Sodding About is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Sodding About The Who

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Classical Gas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Classical Gas Mason Williams

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No Feelings is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
No Feelings The Sex Pistols

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Penetration is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Penetration The Pyramids

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The Gates of Delirium is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Hugo Montenegro and His Orchestra

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Hello Jeff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Hello Jeff Stanley Clarke

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Walk Don't Run '60 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Walk Don't Run '60 The Ventures

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The Fish (Schindleria Praematu... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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Linus and Lucy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Linus and Lucy Vince Guaraldi Trio

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Gilberto Concerto is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Gilberto Concerto John Gilbert

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Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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The William Tell Overture is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
The William Tell Overture Glen Campbell

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Embryonic Journey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Embryonic Journey Jefferson Airplane

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Rockabilly Holiday is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Rockabilly Holiday Duane Eddy

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Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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

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The Ox is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
The Ox The Who

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Watermelon in Easter Hay is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals

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Horizons is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Horizons Genesis

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Glaeken Awakens is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Glaeken Awakens Tangerine Dream

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Bron-Yr-Aur Led Zeppelin

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Several Species of Small Furry... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving With a Pict Pink Floyd

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Chushingura is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Chushingura Jefferson Airplane

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The Return of the Sun of Monst... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
The Return of the Sun of Monster Magnet The Mothers of Invention

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Envelopes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Envelopes Frank Zappa

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Sparks The Who

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Scarified is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Scarified Racer X

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Night On a Bare Mountain is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Night On a Bare Mountain Mekong Delta

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Rock & Roll, Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Rock & Roll, Part 2 Gary Glitter

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The Great Gate of Kiev is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
The Great Gate of Kiev SOS Productions Inc.

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Peter Gunn Art of Noise, Duane Eddy - Grammy winner

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The Sweeping Wind (Kwa Ti Feng... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
The Sweeping Wind (Kwa Ti Feng) Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers

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Prelude to an Afternoon of a S... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Prelude to an Afternoon of a Sexually Aroused Gas Mask The Mothers of Invention

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Autobahn Kraftwerk

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Toxicity is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Toxicity System of a Down

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Out of Limits The Marketts

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Frankenstein Edgar Winter, The Edgar Winter Group

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Singalong Junk is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Singalong Junk Paul McCartney

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The Bells of St. Kahuna is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
The Bells of St. Kahuna Slacktones