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The Best Instrumental Rock Bands

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

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 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. 
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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Surf rock

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    added by Clark Benson Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Southern soul, Instrumental rock, Electric blues

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    Noise rock, Dark ambient, Space rock

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    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Space rock, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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    Post-metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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    Post-metal, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    added by PaulWojciechowski Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Electronic music, Instrumental rock

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    Synthpop, Rock music, World music

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    added by Clark Benson Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    added by ChristopherBond Penguin Cafe Folk music, Chamber jazz

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    added by Clark Benson Rock music, Rockabilly, Instrumental rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dance-punk

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    Instrumental, Post-rock

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    Rock music

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    added by Clark Benson New Age, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Pop music, Instrumental, Surf music

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    Indie, Experimental music, Post-rock

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    added by Clark Benson Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Surf rock

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    Progressive metal, Technical death metal, Instrumental rock

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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    added by Clark Benson New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rhythm and blues, Funk

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    Scale the Summit Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock

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    added by Clark Benson Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Instrumental rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    added by Clark Benson Nu jazz, Electronic music, Experimental rock

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    Electronic music, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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    Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Punk rock

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    Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Drone music

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    Instrumental rock, Instrumental, Post-rock

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    The Bad Plus Avant-garde jazz, Jazz

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    Instrumental rock, Jazz, Progressive rock

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    added by Clark Benson Space rock, Surf rock, Punk rock

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    added by Clark Benson Blind Idiot God Heavy metal

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    added by Clark Benson Americana, Lounge music, Instrumental rock

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    added by Clark Benson The Bomboras

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    added by Clark Benson The Aqua Velvets

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    added by Clark Benson Tuatara Rock music

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