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 Underture The Who

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860 544
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Little Wing

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198 75
Hello Jeff is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Hello Jeff Stanley Clarke

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141 35
Guru Vandana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Guru Vandana George Harrison

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181 64
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kingbee63 added Out of Limits The Marketts

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150 42
Rockabilly Holiday is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rockabilly Holiday Duane Eddy

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172 58
Grazing in the Grass is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Grazing in the Grass Hugh Masekela

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191 72
Batman Theme is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Batman Theme Link Wray

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151 43
The Return of the Sun of Monst... is listed (or ranked) 9 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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143 38
The Sweeping Wind (Kwa Ti Feng... is listed (or ranked) 10 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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159 50
Werewolf is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Werewolf The Frantics

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171 59
Romance of Death is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Romance of Death Airto Moreira

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168 57
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mark-lamotte-foster added Night of the Vampire The Moontrekkers

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166 57
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mark-lamotte-foster added The Bublight Joe Meek

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139 38
Envelopes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Envelopes Frank Zappa

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261 132
Classical Gas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Classical Gas Mason Williams

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153 52
Penetration is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Penetration The Pyramids

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151 55
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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209 101
Linus and Lucy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Linus and Lucy Vince Guaraldi Trio

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YYZ Rush

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230 124
The Gates of Delirium is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Gates of Delirium Yes

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136 49
Smells Like Freedom - Hawkeye ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Smells Like Freedom - Hawkeye and Schmidt Jeff Macdonald

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411 271
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RobinGallego added Bron-Yr-Aur Led Zeppelin

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307 193
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looksharp added Peter Gunn Art of Noise, Duane Eddy - Grammy winner

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256 153
The Ox is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Ox The Who

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196 105
Watermelon in Easter Hay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
MadisonLeahy added Watermelon in Easter Hay Frank Zappa

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216 124
Rock & Roll, Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
EdWildeman added Rock & Roll, Part 2 Gary Glitter

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149 68
Broken Spoke Shuffle is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
liriodendron added Broken Spoke Shuffle Creedence Clearwater Revival

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Sparks The Who

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595 443
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Frankenstein Edgar Winter, The Edgar Winter Group

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104 31
John's Other is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added John's Other Hot Tuna

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149 69
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Let's Go Trippin' Dick Dale and His Del-Tones

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143 64
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kingbee63 added Guess I'm Falling in Love The Velvet Underground

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138 60
King of the Road is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added King of the Road Glen Campbell

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145 66
Baby Elephant Walk is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Baby Elephant Walk Henry Mancini

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135 58
Theme from Burnt Weenie Sandwi... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Theme from Burnt Weenie Sandwich The Mothers of Invention

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103 31
The Waiting Room is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Waiting Room Genesis

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369 256
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looksharp added Mood for a Day Yes

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171 89
Oye Como Va is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Oye Como Va Carlos Santana, Santana

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133 57
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luckyguy added The Modern Alchemist (Blodwyn Pig) Blodwyn Pig

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346 238
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Peaches en Regalia Frank Zappa

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128 53
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mark-lamotte-foster added Surf Rider The Lively Ones

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150 72
Apostrophe' is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Apostrophe' Frank Zappa - Frank Zappa

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124 50
Egyptian Reggae is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Egyptian Reggae Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers

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138 62
Fag is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Fag Steppenwolf

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118 45
Jambalaya is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Jambalaya Bill Bertinot

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126 52
Hey Leroy, Your Mama's Callin'... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Hey Leroy, Your Mama's Callin' You Jimmy Castor

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134 59
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mark-lamotte-foster added Deuces Wild Link Wray & His Raymen

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266 172
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EdWildeman added Autobahn Kraftwerk

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150 73
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kingbee63 added Ride Into the Sun The Velvet Underground