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The Best Instrumental Rock Bands

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List Criteria: Must lean more in the rock direction than jazz or electronica, and music must be at least 90% instrumental

When you're thinking of instrumental rock bands, you should know that there are few if little vocals involved. Instrumental rock showcases the talents of the musicians creating it, and often times, these instrumental artists are widely regarded as virtuosos. The best instrumental rock music, also known as post-rock, was popular at the onset of the surf rock movement of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Over time, as in the 1980s, the best instrumental rock artists began to include many guitarists. You'll see the likes of Stevie Vai, Joe Satriani, Animals as Leaders, Eric Johnson and John 5 on this list. These instrumental rock bands emerged in the past 30 years and continue to be widely popular with fans of instrumental rock.

Best instrumental rock music artists and bands list, voted on by music lovers worldwide, with photos, hometowns, and other data. This list of Instrumental music bands includes the best musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Instrumental music groups and artists are listed alphabetically. Whether you consider this list to be proper rock music or just a list of the best instrumental bands is hard to perfectly define.

Titans of instrumental rock like Mogwai, Explosions In The Sky, Dick Dale, and Booker T and the MGs are included on this list, which overlaps a bit with instrumental soul, post-rock and sometimes is close to jazz. Click the artist name on this instrumental artists list to see full discography and other data. You can make your own list of your favorite instrumental artists on Ranker too. 

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best instrumental bands. If you think someone is missing, feel free to add them to the list of instrumental rock bands.


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    I Could Easily Fall (In Love With You), The Best of Cliff Richard & ...

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    The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place, Love Happens, Travels in Constants

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    In the Christmas Spirit, Green Onions, The Best of Booker T. & The ...

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    G3: Live in Denver, Surfing With the Alien, The Extremist

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    Far From Refuge, All Is Violent, All Is Bright

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    Animals as Leaders, Weightless, The Joy of Motion

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    Mr Eliminator, Checkered Flag, Surfer's Choice

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    Classics, LP3, Ratatat

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    Karma to Burn, Wild, Wonderful Purgatory

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    John Wayne at Fox - The Westerns, Come Spy With Me, Mr. Groovy The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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    Trout Mask Replica, Clear Spot, Safe as Milk

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    Who Put the Bomp Harlem Nocturne

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    Standards, Millions Now Living Will Never Die, The Brave and the Bold

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    The Junk Monster, Airstream, Travel Train MPG a composer that incorporates Rock influences to produce Hard-Rock/Pop Crossover material, containing elements of all and style presented with a strong feeling for the tradition of post-Rock

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