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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. 

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

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal More
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    Space rock, Instrumental rock, Post-rock More
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    added by: Clark Benson
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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock More
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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
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    Southern soul, Instrumental rock, Electric blues More
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    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
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    Post-metal, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal More
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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Surf rock More
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    Post-metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock More
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dance-punk More
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    Rock music, Electronic music, Instrumental rock More
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    Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock More
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    Pop music, Instrumental, Surf music More
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    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
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    Noise rock, Dark ambient, Space rock More
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    Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
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    Progressive metal, Technical death metal, Instrumental rock More
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    Instrumental, Post-rock More
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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Surf rock More
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    New Age, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
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    Instrumental rock, Instrumental, Post-rock More
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    Instrumental rock, Jazz, Progressive rock More
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    Space rock, Surf rock, Punk rock More
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    The Bad Plus

    Avant-garde jazz, Jazz More
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    Indie, Experimental music, Post-rock More
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    Blind Idiot God

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock More
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    Rock music More
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    The Aqua Velvets

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    Tuatara

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    Americana, Lounge music, Instrumental rock More
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    Jazz fusion, Experimental music, Indie rock More
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    Scale the Summit

    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock More
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    The Bomboras

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    Nu jazz, Electronic music, Experimental rock More
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    Codes in the Clouds

    Post-rock More
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    Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Punk rock More
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    Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz More
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    The Mermen

    Rock music, Surf music More
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    New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rhythm and blues, Funk More
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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Instrumental rock More
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    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
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    Synthpop, Rock music, World music More
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    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
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    Gone

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