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The Best Instrumental Rock Bands/Artists

For instrumental rock bands, the key to success lies in the music. While this may seem obvious, unlike other rock bands, instrumental rock bands have few, if any lyrics to express themselves. Thus, the music they create speaks volumes more than any lyrics can. While the instrumental rock was at its peak during the 1950s and 1960s, there hasn't been a shortage of good instrumental bands that have emerged since then. To some, instrumental rock can also be called post-rock. Instrumental rock artists, at least presently, are widely regarded as virtuosos especially those who play guitars.

So, who are the instrumental rock bands and instrumental artists on this list? You'll see familiar names like Stevie Vai, Joe Satriani, Buckethead and Booker T and the MGs. All of these instrumental rock bands played an important role in shaping and pushing rock music beyond the traditional song structure. At the same time, some of these artists' music was so strong that it had to be played on mainstream pop and rock radio.

That said, take a look at this list and you'll see the best instrumental rock bands and top instrumental rock artists. This should serve as a great point of reference if you're a fan of instrumental rock bands. This list answers the questions "who are the best instrumental rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest instrumental rock musician ever?"
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  1. 1

    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Nintendocore, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Power metal

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    Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    Instrumental rock, Classical music, Neo-classical metal

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    Space rock, Electronic music, Instrumental rock

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Philip Bynoe Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Rhythm and blues

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    Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Electronic dance music

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    Glam metal, J-pop, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, New Age music, Electronic music

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    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Video game music

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Desert rock, Instrumental rock, Stoner rock

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    Instrumental rock, Rautalanka, Surf rock

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    Jangle pop, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Noise rock, New Prog, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Instrumental rock

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Instrumental rock

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Shock rock

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    Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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    Instrumental rock, Surf rock, Indie rock

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    Thrash metal, Technical death metal, Instrumental rock

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Glam metal, New Wave, Rock music

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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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    Instrumental rock, Shred guitar

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Nintendocore, Rock music, Mathcore

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    Neo-progressive rock, Progressive metal, Rock music

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    Instrumental rock, Rhythm and blues, Memphis soul

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    Instrumental rock, Industrial music, Alternative rock

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    Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Indie, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Folk rock

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    Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Fusion, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  45. 45

    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Technical death metal, Heavy metal, Power metal

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    Post-metal, Noise rock, Instrumental rock

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  48. 48

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  49. 49

    New Wave, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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  50. 50

    Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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