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
Mark Lanzarotta added Underture The Who

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131 43
Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Casino Royale Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

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118 33
Yesternow, Part 3 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Yesternow, Part 3 Miles Davis

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Little Wing

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166 71
Clap is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Clap Yes

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110 29
Batman Theme is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Batman Theme Link Wray

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109 29
Ramrod is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Ramrod Duane Eddy

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105 26
Werewolf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Werewolf The Frantics

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110 30
Penetration is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Penetration The Pyramids

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97 20
No Feelings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added No Feelings The Sex Pistols

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192 97
Classical Gas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Classical Gas Mason Williams

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146 62
Walk Don't Run '60 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Walk Don't Run '60 The Ventures

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141 59
Hello Jeff is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Hello Jeff Stanley Clarke

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Rockabilly Holiday is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rockabilly Holiday Duane Eddy

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Sodding About is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Sodding About The Who

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YYZ Rush

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Gilberto Concerto is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Gilberto Concerto John Gilbert

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The Gates of Delirium is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Gates of Delirium Yes

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91 20
Night On a Bare Mountain is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Night On a Bare Mountain Mekong Delta

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98 26
Chushingura is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Chushingura Jefferson Airplane

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203 114
Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One King Crimson

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89 20
Scarified is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Scarified Racer X

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97 27
The Sweeping Wind (Kwa Ti Feng... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Sweeping Wind (Kwa Ti Feng) Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers

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205 117
Rebel Rouser is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Rebel Rouser Duane Eddy

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140 63
The William Tell Overture is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The William Tell Overture Glen Campbell

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164 83
Linus and Lucy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Linus and Lucy Vince Guaraldi Trio

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99 29
The Return of the Sun of Monst... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Return of the Sun of Monster Magnet The Mothers of Invention

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99 29
Prelude to an Afternoon of a S... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Prelude to an Afternoon of a Sexually Aroused Gas Mask The Mothers of Invention

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214 125
Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part II King Crimson

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Several Species of Small Furry... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving With a Pict Pink Floyd

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95 26
Envelopes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Envelopes Frank Zappa

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90 22
The Great Gate of Kiev is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Great Gate of Kiev SOS Productions Inc.

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175 93
Watermelon in Easter Hay is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
MadisonLeahy added Watermelon in Easter Hay Frank Zappa

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Hugo Montenegro and His Orchestra

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The Fish (Schindleria Praematu... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) - Live Yes

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Embryonic Journey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Embryonic Journey Jefferson Airplane

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Glaeken Awakens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Glaeken Awakens Tangerine Dream

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239 150
The Ox is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Ox The Who

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92 26
Singalong Junk is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Singalong Junk Paul McCartney

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93 27
The Bells of St. Kahuna is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Bells of St. Kahuna Slacktones

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88 23
Toxicity is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Toxicity System of a Down

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Grazing in the Grass is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Grazing in the Grass Hugh Masekela

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Rock & Roll, Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
EdWildeman added Rock & Roll, Part 2 Gary Glitter

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Lay Down and Die Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Lay Down and Die Goodbye Alice Cooper

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92 27
John's Other is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added John's Other Hot Tuna

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92 27
The Waiting Room is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Waiting Room Genesis

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Horizons is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Horizons Genesis

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mark-lamotte-foster added Night of the Vampire The Moontrekkers

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kingbee63 added Out of Limits The Marketts

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RobinGallego added Bron-Yr-Aur Led Zeppelin