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

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

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

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    Exposure, I Advance Masked, Jean the Birdman

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

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    Mr Eliminator, Checkered Flag, Surfer's Choice

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

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    Extraction, Greg Howe, Sound Proof

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

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

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

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

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

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    Guitar Man, Hank Marvin, Into the Light

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    Absurdistan, The Amazing Colossal Band, Instruments of Terror

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    Hyperborea, Tangram, Exit Glaeken Awakens

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    Valley of the Saroos, The Bublight

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

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    Transformer, Berlin, New York Metal Machine Music Remix

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    Rising Force, G3: Live in Denver, Inspiration

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    Focus 3, Focus II, Focus Plays Focus

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    Overload, Pichal Pairee

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    Erpland, Jurassic Shift, Pungent Effulgent

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

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    Suspended Animation, An Evening With John Petrucci & Jordan Rudess

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    Fragile, Close to the Edge, Relayer

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    Mr. Beast, The Fountain, Rock Action

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

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    Animals as Leaders, Weightless, The Joy of Motion

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    Ah Via Musicom, Venus Isle, Makin Whoopie

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    Songs for Sanity, Vertigo, Requiem

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    StressFest, Structural Damage, The Introduction

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    Christmas Sky, 4NYC, Secrets of the Muse

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

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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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    Far From Refuge, All Is Violent, All Is Bright

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    Monument, The Migration, The Collective

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