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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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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    added by: Clark Benson
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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Surf rock More
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    Southern soul, Instrumental rock, Electric blues More
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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal More
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    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal More
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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock More
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    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
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    Post-metal, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
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    Space rock, Instrumental rock, Post-rock More
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    Noise rock, Dark ambient, Space rock More
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    new! Penguin Cafe

    Folk music, Chamber jazz More
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    Post-metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock More
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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz More
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    Rock music, Electronic music, Instrumental rock More
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    Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz More
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    Pop music, Instrumental, Surf music More
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dance-punk More
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    Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock More
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    New Age, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
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    Progressive metal, Technical death metal, Instrumental rock More
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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Surf rock More
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    Indie, Experimental music, Post-rock More
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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Instrumental rock More
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    Rock music More
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    Synthpop, Rock music, World music More
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    Instrumental, Post-rock More
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    Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
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    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
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    Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Punk rock More
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    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock More
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    New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rhythm and blues, Funk More
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    Nu jazz, Electronic music, Experimental rock More
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    Scale the Summit

    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock More
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    Blind Idiot God

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock More
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    The Bad Plus

    Avant-garde jazz, Jazz 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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    Codes in the Clouds

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    Americana, Lounge music, Instrumental rock More
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    The Aqua Velvets

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    The Bomboras

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    Jazz fusion, Experimental music, Indie rock More
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    Tuatara

    Rock music More
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    The Mermen

    Rock music, Surf music More
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