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The Best Rock Instrumentals 

Adam Tyler
Updated September 25, 2019 94.5k votes 6k voters 359.1k views 314 items

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
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Rush
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Edgar Winter, The Edgar Winter Group
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Green Onions
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Focus
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Wipe Out The Surfaris
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Frank Zappa
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Classical Gas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
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Misirlou
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Batman Theme is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
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Link Wray

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The Star Spangled Banner
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Sparks The Who
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Linus and Lucy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
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Vince Guaraldi Trio

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Led Zeppelin
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The Ox is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
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The Who

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Hello Jeff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
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Oye Como Va is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
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Apostrophe' is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
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Frank Zappa

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The Return of the Sun of... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
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The Mothers of Invention

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mark-lamotte-foster added Night of the Vampire The Moontrekkers
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Werewolf is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
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The Frantics