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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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    Noise rock, Dark ambient, Space rock

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Steve Vai is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands/Artists

    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    John Petrucci is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands/Artists

    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Chicano rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Dark ambient, Space rock, Experimental rock

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    Dick Dale is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands/Artists

    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, World music

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    Rock music, Garage rock, Instrumental rock

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    Duane Eddy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands/Artists

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    Instrumental rock, Rock and roll Rebel Rouser

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    Industrial metal, Instrumental rock, Flamenco

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    Robert Fripp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands/Artists

    New Wave, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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    Greg Howe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands/Artists

    Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Hard rock

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    Scale the Summit is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands/Artists

    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock

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    Paul Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands/Artists

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

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    Southern soul, Instrumental rock, Electric blues

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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Instrumental rock

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Surf rock

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    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Steve Morse is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands/Artists

    Fusion, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Instrumental rock, Post-rock, Punk rock

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    Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Krautrock, New Age music, Electronic music Glaeken Awakens

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    Progressive metal, Fusion, Instrumental rock

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock

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    Joe Meek and The Blue Men is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands/Artists

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    Valley of the Saroos, The Bublight

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    Space rock, Electronic music, Instrumental rock

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    Nederpop, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Mono is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands/Artists

    Post-metal, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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    Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Marty Friedman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands/Artists

    Glam metal, J-pop, Heavy metal

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    Shoegazing, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Post-metal, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Tony MacAlpine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands/Artists

    Progressive metal, Fusion, Instrumental rock

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    Vinnie Moore is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands/Artists

    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

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    Instrumental rock, Rautalanka, Surf rock

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands/Artists

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

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    The Flee-rekkers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Instrumental Rock Bands/Artists
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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Gypsy jazz

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    Industrial metal, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Post-rock

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