The Best Instrumental Rock Bands Bands/Musicians

The Best Instrumental Rock Bands

2.5k votes 445 voters 91k 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
    + 51
    - 3

    added by slaft
    Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

    ;
  2. 2
    + 54
    - 4
    The Mothers of Invention is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands

    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

  3. 3
    + 63
    - 9

    added by slaft
    Experimental rock, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

    ;
  4. 4
    + 32
    - 3

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

    ;
  5. 5
    + 85
    - 33

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

    ;
  6. 6
    + 20
    - 2

    added by slaft
    Jazz fusion, Post-bop, Jazz

    ;
  7. 7
    + 35
    - 12

    added by PaulWojciechowski
    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

    ;
  8. 8
    + 48
    - 34

    Southern soul, Instrumental rock, Electric blues

    ;
  9. 9
    + 69
    - 54

    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

    ;
  10. 10
    + 13
    - 3

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

    ;
  11. 11
    + 69
    - 55

    Shoegazing, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ;
  12. 12
    + 44
    - 33
    Mogwai is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands

    added by Clark Benson
    Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

  13. 13
    + 49
    - 40

    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ;
  14. 14
    + 30
    - 24

    Post-metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

    ;
  15. 15
    + 31
    - 25

    Post-metal, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ;
  16. 16
    + 44
    - 39

    Space rock, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

    ;
  17. 17
    + 37
    - 32

    Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock

    ;
  18. 18
    + 55
    - 51

    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Surf rock

    ;
  19. 19
    + 35
    - 31

    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

    ;
  20. 20
    + 34
    - 30
    Dick Dale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands

    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Pop rock

  21. 21
    + 27
    - 24

    Noise rock, Dark ambient, Space rock

    ;
  22. 22
    + 36
    - 34
    Steve Vai is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands

    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

  23. 23
    + 21
    - 19

    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

    ;
  24. 24
    + 20
    - 18

    Synthpop, Rock music, World music

    ;
  25. 25
    + 12
    - 10

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

    ;
  26. 26
    + 17
    - 16
    Eric Johnson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands

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

  27. 27
    + 15
    - 14

    Indie, Experimental music, Post-rock

    ;
  28. 28
    + 13
    - 12
    Ratatat is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dance-punk

  29. 29
    + 3
    - 2

    added by Whoiscode
    Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

    ;
  30. 30
    + 3
    - 2

    added by kingbee63
    Desert rock, Instrumental rock, Stoner rock

    ;
  31. 31
    + 11
    - 11

    Rock music, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

    ;
  32. 32
    + 11
    - 11

    Electronic music, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

    ;
  33. 33
    + 10
    - 10

    Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Drone music

    ;
  34. 34
    + 10
    - 10

    added by Clark Benson
    Rock music, Rockabilly, Instrumental rock

    ;
  35. 35
    + 9
    - 9

    Progressive metal, Technical death metal, Instrumental rock

    ;
  36. 36
    + 8
    - 8
    Scale the Summit is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands

    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock

  37. 37
    + 16
    - 17

    Rock music, Electronic music, Instrumental rock

    ;
  38. 38
    + 13
    - 14
    Mono is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands

    Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

  39. 39
    + 3
    - 3

    added by slaft
    Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Jazz

    ;
  40. 40
    + 2
    - 2

    new! & added by slaft
    Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

    ;
  41. 41
    + 9
    - 10

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

    ;
  42. 42
    + 9
    - 10

    Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Punk rock

    ;
  43. 43
    + 8
    - 9
    Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands

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

  44. 44
    + 6
    - 7

    Instrumental rock, Jazz, Progressive rock

    ;
  45. 45
    + 4
    - 5

    added by muzziac
    Noise rock, New Prog, Experimental rock

    ;
  46. 46
    + 11
    - 13

    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ;
  47. 47
    + 2
    - 3
    MPG is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands

    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

    ;
  48. 48
    + 1
    - 2
    No image

    added by Whoiscode

  49. 49
    + 1
    - 2
    The Viscounts is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands

    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Harlem Nocturne

  50. 50
    + 1
    - 2
    The Chantays is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands

    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Rock music

89 +

Something missing? Add it!

1 - 50 of 88

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