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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Little Wing

3
218 106
Classical Gas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Classical Gas Mason Williams

4
189 84
Clap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Clap Yes

5
135 43
Batman Theme is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Batman Theme Link Wray

6
151 57
Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Casino Royale Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

7
159 64
Hello Jeff is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Hello Jeff Stanley Clarke

8
128 40
Ramrod is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Ramrod Duane Eddy

9
165 69
Walk Don't Run '60 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Walk Don't Run '60 The Ventures

10
120 34
No Feelings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added No Feelings The Sex Pistols

11
107 24
Scarified is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Scarified Racer X

12
126 39
Penetration is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Penetration The Pyramids

13
136 47
Yesternow, Part 3 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Yesternow, Part 3 Miles Davis

14
221 114
Sodding About is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Sodding About The Who

15
115 31
Chushingura is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Chushingura Jefferson Airplane

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224 117
Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One King Crimson

17
107 25
Night On a Bare Mountain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Night On a Bare Mountain Mekong Delta

18
123 38
Werewolf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Werewolf The Frantics

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115 32
The Return of the Sun of Monst... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Return of the Sun of Monster Magnet The Mothers of Invention

20
111 29
Rockabilly Holiday is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rockabilly Holiday Duane Eddy

21
204 103
The Gates of Delirium is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Gates of Delirium Yes

22
108 27
Envelopes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Envelopes Frank Zappa

23
179 84
Linus and Lucy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Linus and Lucy Vince Guaraldi Trio

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112 31
Prelude to an Afternoon of a S... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Prelude to an Afternoon of a Sexually Aroused Gas Mask The Mothers of Invention

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901 663
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YYZ Rush

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301 183
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Hugo Montenegro and His Orchestra

27
130 47
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mark-lamotte-foster added Night of the Vampire The Moontrekkers

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229 127
Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part II King Crimson

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214 115
Glaeken Awakens is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Glaeken Awakens Tangerine Dream

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143 58
Metal Machine Music Remix is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Metal Machine Music Remix Lou Reed

31
152 66
The William Tell Overture is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The William Tell Overture Glen Campbell

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131 49
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mark-lamotte-foster added The Bublight Joe Meek

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366 240
Embryonic Journey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Embryonic Journey Jefferson Airplane

34
139 56
The Uncle Meat Variations is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Uncle Meat Variations The Mothers of Invention

35
108 31
The Sweeping Wind (Kwa Ti Feng... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Sweeping Wind (Kwa Ti Feng) Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers

36
216 119
Rebel Rouser is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Rebel Rouser Duane Eddy

37
131 50
The Wild Horde is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Wild Horde Ennio Morricone

38
142 59
Lay Down and Die Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Lay Down and Die Goodbye Alice Cooper

39
153 68
Several Species of Small Furry... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving With a Pict Pink Floyd

40
186 95
Watermelon in Easter Hay is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
MadisonLeahy added Watermelon in Easter Hay Frank Zappa

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143 60
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kingbee63 added Out of Limits The Marketts

42
101 26
Guru Vandana is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Guru Vandana George Harrison

43
266 161
The Fish (Schindleria Praematu... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) - Live Yes

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RobinGallego added Bron-Yr-Aur Led Zeppelin

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136 55
Romance of Death is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Romance of Death Airto Moreira

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103 28
Ritual: Nous Sommes Du Soleil ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Ritual: Nous Sommes Du Soleil (Fast Bit After 12:04) Yes

47
131 51
Maple Leaf Rag is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Maple Leaf Rag Reverend Gary Davis

48
98 24
The Great Gate of Kiev is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Great Gate of Kiev SOS Productions Inc.

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98 24
Gilberto Concerto is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Gilberto Concerto John Gilbert

50
137 56
Run Chicken Run is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Run Chicken Run Link Wray & His Raymen