The best rock instrumentals manage to be powerful and moving, without using any lyrics whatsoever. The instrumentals on this list include fiery guitar assaults, surf rock songs and trippy, psychedelic-era rock fusion tunes. Many of the greatest rock instrumentals were recorded decades ago, particularly in the 1970s, but some more modern instrumentals are also included here. What is the best instrumental rock song of all time? That's for you to decide, with your votes. If you don't think a song deserves a spot on this list, vote it down. If it's more than worthy, vote it up!
Some of the most memorable rock instrumentals include jams by some of the greatest guitarists of all time, like Jimi Hendrix, Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Hendrix' version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" makes the list (and should top any list of best guitar solos), but several other Hendrix tunes also make the cut (one, "Little Wing," was recorded by Vaughan). Other truly amazing instrumentals come from monster rock bands like Yes, Rush and of course, Pink Floyd.
What are the top instrumental electric guitar songs? Deciding the greatest rock instrumentals of all time is tough to do with so many choices, and this list is merely a jumping off point. Again, add your choices for best rock instrumentals as well.Check out more lists like who won an award for the best instrumental, the greatest instrumental rock bands, and the best guitar players of all time.
Maple Leaf Rag
Theme from Burnt Weenie Sandwich
The Mothers of Invention
Let's Go Trippin'
Night of the Vampire
Jack the Ripper (Link Wray)
Romance of Death
Smells Like Freedom - Hawkeye and Schmidt
Out of Limits
Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers
Linus and Lucy
Vince Guaraldi Trio
Hot As Sun / Glasses