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The Best Instrumental Rock Bands

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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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    Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

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    Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Experimental rock, Folk rock, Jazz fusion

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music Glaeken Awakens

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    Jazz fusion, Post-bop, Jazz

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Southern soul, Instrumental rock, Electric blues

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    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    Film score The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    Post-metal, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Surf rock

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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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    Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Space rock, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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    Post-metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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    Noise rock, Dark ambient, Space rock

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    Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Electronic dance music

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

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    Rock music, Surf music

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    Yes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands

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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Instrumental rock

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    New Age, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    King Crimson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands

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    Jorgen Ingmann is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands

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    Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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    Santo & Johnny is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands

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    Rock music

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    Instrumental rock, Rock and roll

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    Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dance-punk

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    Rock music, Electronic music, Instrumental rock

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    The Chantays is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands

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    Rock music

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock

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    Moon Ate the Dark is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands

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    Indie, Experimental music, Post-rock

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    Synthpop, Rock music, World music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Electronic music, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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