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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

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

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    Mr. Beast, The Fountain, Rock Action

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    Truth, Blow by Blow, Wired

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

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

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    Aqualung, The Jethro Tull Christmas Album, Thick as a Brick

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    Walk Don't Run, (The) Ventures in Space, The Ventures’ Christmas Album

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    G3: Live in Denver, G3: Live in Tokyo, G3: Rockin' in the Free World

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    Animals as Leaders, Weightless, The Joy of Motion

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    Far From Refuge, All Is Violent, All Is Bright

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    Gentle Giant, The Power and the Glory, Octopus

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    Some Where Over The Slaughterhouse, Kevin's Noodle House, The Dragons of ...

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    Mr Eliminator, Checkered Flag, Surfer's Choice

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    F♯ A♯ ∞, Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven!, Yanqui U.X.O.

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    Tubular Bells, Ommadawn, Tubular Bells 2

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    Enter, Memorial, Geneva

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    Ah Via Musicom, Venus Isle, Makin Whoopie

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    Too Fast to Live... Too Young to Die, Rumble! The Best of Link Wray, ...

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    Liquid Tension Experiment 2, Liquid Tension Experiment, Spontaneous ...

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    Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night

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    Birds of Fire, The Inner Mounting Flame, Between Nothingness & ...

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    The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw, Pelican, PLCN/TAAS

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    What If, Night of the Living Dregs, Unsung Heroes

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    Classics, LP3, Ratatat

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    Every Direction Is North, These Promises Are Being Videotaped, El Ten ...

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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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    Two Sides of the Chantays / Pipeline, Pipeline, Waiting for the Tide

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    Karma to Burn, Wild, Wonderful Purgatory

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    Who Put the Bomp Harlem Nocturne

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    Freak Out!, One Size Fits All, Over-Nite Sensation

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    Caught Between Worlds, III, Scream of the Iron Iconoclast

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    Trout Mask Replica, Clear Spot, Safe as Milk

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    Sing the Word Hope in Four-Part Harmony, Not for Want of Trying, I Was ...

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    Live at Home, Artifact, The 13'20 Mixtape...

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    Wonderful Rainbow, Hypermagic Mountain, Ride the Skies

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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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    First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi ... Midnight

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    Hyperborea, Tangram, Exit Glaeken Awakens

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    All Strings Attached, The Lift, Back Together Again

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

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    The Animation of Entomology

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    Ride Again: The Singles As & Bs

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      Instrumental guitar based Rock/Blues/Classically influenced. http://www.fusedinblue.com

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    Where Have I Known You Before, Musicmagic, Romantic Warrior

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    Friday Afternoon in the Universe, Shack-Man, The Dropper

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    Ridin' the Wind - The Anthology, Telstar: The Complete Tornados, Telstar: ...

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    Rejuvenation, Fire on the Bayou, The Meters

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    Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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