Rock The Best Rock Instrumentals  

Adam Tyler
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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.
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Underture is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Who

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Little Wing

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194 64
The Return of the Sun of Monst... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Return of the Sun of Monster Magnet

The Mothers of Invention

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195 65
Werewolf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Werewolf

The Frantics

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251 104
Batman Theme is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Batman Theme

Link Wray

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176 52
Guru Vandana is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Guru Vandana

George Harrison

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213 78
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kingbee63 added Out of Limits The Marketts

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185 60
Rockabilly Holiday is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
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Duane Eddy

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196 68
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mark-lamotte-foster added Night of the Vampire The Moontrekkers

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227 90
Hello Jeff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Stanley Clarke

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170 50
The Sweeping Wind (Kwa Ti Feng... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Sweeping Wind (Kwa Ti Feng)

Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers

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168 49
Envelopes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Envelopes

Frank Zappa

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198 71
Romance of Death is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Romance of Death Airto Moreira

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191 67
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mark-lamotte-foster added Joe Meek

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310 154
Classical Gas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Mason Williams

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206 81
Grazing in the Grass is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Hugh Masekela

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254 117
Linus and Lucy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Linus and Lucy

Vince Guaraldi Trio

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184 67
Maple Leaf Rag is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Maple Leaf Rag Reverend Gary Davis

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196 79
Apostrophe' is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
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Frank Zappa

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224 100
Oye Como Va is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Carlos Santana, Santana

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350 198
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looksharp added Art of Noise, Duane Eddy - Grammy winner

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178 69
Penetration is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
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The Pyramids

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672 452
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Edgar Winter, The Edgar Winter Group

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159 59
Smells Like Freedom - Hawkeye ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Smells Like Freedom - Hawkeye and Schmidt

Jeff Macdonald

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173 70
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kingbee63 added Guess I'm Falling in Love The Velvet Underground