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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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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    Noise rock, Dark ambient, Space rock

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Surf rock

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music Glaeken Awakens

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    Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Instrumental rock

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock

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    Industrial metal, Instrumental rock, Flamenco

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    Southern soul, Instrumental rock, Electric blues

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    Post-metal, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

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    Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Space rock, Electronic music, Instrumental rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Fusion, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Nederpop, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Chicano rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Instrumental rock, Rock and roll Rebel Rouser

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    Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Punk rock

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    New Age, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Space rock, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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    New Wave, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Instrumental rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word Metal Machine Music Remix

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    Glam metal, New Wave, Rock music

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    Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Hard rock

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, World music

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    Desert rock, Instrumental rock, Stoner rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Progressive metal, Fusion, Instrumental rock

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    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

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    Experimental rock, Instrumental rock, Drone music

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    Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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    Shoegazing, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Math rock

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    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Post-metal, Noise rock, Instrumental rock

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    Instrumental rock, Power metal, Heavy metal

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