The Best Instrumental Rock Bands Bands/Musicians

The Best Instrumental Rock Bands

1,869 votes 366 voters 90,580 views 88 items tags f p @

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.


List Photo: user uploaded image
  • 2 ReRanks
    • Region
  • 2 See list ranked by
Z
G Options B Comments & Embed 2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 40
    - 16

    added by Clark Benson
    Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ;
  2. 2
    + 49
    - 24

    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ;
  3. 3
    + 65
    - 39

    Shoegazing, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ;
  4. 4
    + 44
    - 24

    Southern soul, Instrumental rock, Electric blues

    ;
  5. 5
    + 63
    - 41

    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

    ;
  6. 6
    + 50
    - 30

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

    ;
  7. 7
    + 18
    - 8

    added by slaft
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

    ;
  8. 8
    + 35
    - 24

    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

    ;
  9. 9
    + 53
    - 41

    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Surf rock

    ;
  10. 10
    + 39
    - 30

    Space rock, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

    ;
  11. 11
    + 32
    - 24

    Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock

    ;
  12. 12
    + 31
    - 24

    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Pop rock

    ;
  13. 13
    + 31
    - 24

    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

    ;
  14. 14
    + 25
    - 20

    Noise rock, Dark ambient, Space rock

    ;
  15. 15
    + 21
    - 17

    Post-metal, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ;
  16. 16
    + 12
    - 8

    added by slaft
    Experimental rock, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

    ;
  17. 17
    + 20
    - 17

    Synthpop, Rock music, World music

    ;
  18. 18
    + 13
    - 10

    Indie, Experimental music, Post-rock

    ;
  19. 19
    + 20
    - 18

    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

    ;
  20. 20
    + 18
    - 16

    Post-metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

    ;
  21. 21
    + 16
    - 14

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

    ;
  22. 22
    + 10
    - 8

    added by Clark Benson
    Rock music, Rockabilly, Instrumental rock

    ;
  23. 23
    + 8
    - 6

    added by muzziac
    Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Electronic dance music

    ;
  24. 24
    + 8
    - 6

    added by slaft
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

    ;
  25. 25
    + 6
    - 4

    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock Midnight

    ;
  26. 26
    + 4
    - 2

    added by slaft
    Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

    ;
  27. 27
    + 4
    - 2

    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music Glaeken Awakens

    ;
  28. 28
    + 3
    - 1

    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

    ;
  29. 29
    + 13
    - 12

    added by PaulWojciechowski
    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

    ;
  30. 30
    + 13
    - 12

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dance-punk

    ;
  31. 31
    + 15
    - 16

    Rock music, Electronic music, Instrumental rock

    ;
  32. 32
    + 2
    - 2

    added by kingbee63
    Desert rock, Instrumental rock, Stoner rock

    ;
  33. 33
    + 1
    - 1

    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Film score The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

    ;
  34. 34
    + 1
    - 1

    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Blues-rock, Spoken word, Garage rock

    ;
  35. 35
    + 1
    - 1

    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Harlem Nocturne

  36. 36
    + 0
    - 0

    added by Lizzz

  37. 37
    + 0
    - 0
    No image

    added by chris-savedbysound
    Space rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

    ;
  38. 38
    + 0
    - 0

    added by muzziac

  39. 39
    + 9
    - 10

    Rock music, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

    ;
  40. 40
    + 7
    - 8

    Progressive metal, Technical death metal, Instrumental rock

    ;
  41. 41
    + 3
    - 4

    added by muzziac
    Noise rock, New Prog, Experimental rock

    ;
  42. 42
    + 11
    - 13

    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ;
  43. 43
    + 2
    - 3

    added by michael-gagne
    Hard-Rock/Pop Crossover material. 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

    ;
  44. 44
    + 10
    - 12

    Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

    ;
  45. 45
    + 1
    - 2

    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Rock music

  46. 46
    + 1
    - 2

    added by slaft
    Jazz fusion, Post-bop, Jazz

    ;
  47. 47
    + 1
    - 2

    added by kingbee63
    Doom metal

  48. 48
    + 0
    - 1

    new! & added by EjRios

    ;
  49. 49
    + 7
    - 9

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

    ;
  50. 50
    + 5
    - 7

    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ;
89 +

Something missing? Add it!

1 - 50 of 88

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >