The Best Instrumental Rock Bands/Artists Bands/Musicians

The Best Instrumental Rock Bands/Artists

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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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    G3: Live in Denver, Surfing With the Alien, The Extremist

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    Liquid Tension Experiment 2, Liquid Tension Experiment, Spontaneous ...

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    G3: Live in Denver, G3: Live in Tokyo, G3: Rockin' in the Free World

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    F♯ A♯ ∞, Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven!, Yanqui U.X.O.

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    I Could Easily Fall (In Love With You), The Best of Cliff Richard & ...

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    Have 'Twangy' Guitar Will Travel, Duane a Go Go / Duane Does Dylan, Guitar ... Rebel Rouser

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    Hyperborea, Tangram, Exit Glaeken Awakens

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    Walk Don't Run, (The) Ventures in Space, The Ventures’ Christmas Album

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    Songs for Sanity, Vertigo, Requiem

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    Mr Eliminator, Checkered Flag, Surfer's Choice

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    Extraction, Greg Howe, Sound Proof

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    In the Christmas Spirit, Green Onions, The Best of Booker T. & The ...

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    Exposure, I Advance Masked, Jean the Birdman

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    ’Tis the Season for Los Straitjackets, Encyclopedia of Sound, The Utterly ...

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    Too Fast to Live... Too Young to Die, Rumble! The Best of Link Wray, ...

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    Some Where Over The Slaughterhouse, Kevin's Noodle House, The Dragons of ...

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    Tour De Force - "Live", World Sinfonía III – The Grande ...

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    Silence Followed by a Deafening Roar, Get Out of My Yard, Burning Organ ...

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    Gangs, And So I Watch You From Afar, Tonight the City Burns

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    Birds of Fire, The Inner Mounting Flame, Between Nothingness & ...

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    I Like It When It Rains, Blues Guitar Virtuoso Live In Europe, Heart and ...

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    Contact, Diffusion, Time

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    Transformer, Berlin, New York Metal Machine Music Remix

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    Valley of the Saroos, The Bublight

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    Suspended Animation, An Evening With John Petrucci & Jordan Rudess

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    Focus 3, Focus II, Focus Plays Focus

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    Animals as Leaders, Weightless, The Joy of Motion

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    Palmless Prayer / Mass Murder Refrain, Pelican / Mono, You Are There

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    Monument, The Migration, The Collective

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    Worlds Collide, Inquisition Symphony, Amplified // A Decade of Reinventing ...

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    Enter, Memorial, Geneva

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    Time Is The Enemy [Remaster], Temporal Analogues of Paradise, Abstract ...

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    Absurdistan, The Amazing Colossal Band, Instruments of Terror

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    Guitar Man, Hank Marvin, Into the Light

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    Zwei, What Is the Meaning of What, A New Machine for Living

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    Rising Force, G3: Live in Denver, Inspiration

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    Erpland, Jurassic Shift, Pungent Effulgent

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    Mr. Beast, The Fountain, Rock Action

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    Fragile, Close to the Edge, Relayer

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    Zero Order Phase, Requiem for the Living, Plains of Oblivion

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    Christmas Sky, 4NYC, Secrets of the Muse

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    Far From Refuge, All Is Violent, All Is Bright

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    Quantum, MoonBabies, Live From Oz

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    Music for Pets, My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama, Havin' a Bad Day

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    StressFest, Structural Damage, The Introduction

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    Red Forest, If These Trees Could Talk, Above the Earth

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    Sing the Word Hope in Four-Part Harmony, Not for Want of Trying, I Was ...

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