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

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

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The Return of the Sun of Monst... is listed (or ranked) 4 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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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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Hello Jeff is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Hello Jeff Stanley Clarke

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Rockabilly Holiday is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rockabilly Holiday Duane Eddy

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

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The Sweeping Wind (Kwa Ti Feng... is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Guru Vandana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Guru Vandana George Harrison

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kingbee63 added Out of Limits The Marketts

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Grazing in the Grass is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Grazing in the Grass Hugh Masekela

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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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Werewolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Werewolf The Frantics

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

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mark-lamotte-foster added The Bublight Joe Meek

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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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Penetration is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Penetration The Pyramids

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Maple Leaf Rag is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Maple Leaf Rag Reverend Gary Davis

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The Gates of Delirium is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Gates of Delirium Yes

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YYZ Rush

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RobinGallego added Bron-Yr-Aur Led Zeppelin

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Smells Like Freedom - Hawkeye ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Smells Like Freedom - Hawkeye and Schmidt Jeff Macdonald

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

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Watermelon in Easter Hay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
MadisonLeahy added Watermelon in Easter Hay Frank Zappa

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Oye Como Va is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Oye Como Va Carlos Santana, Santana

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The Ox is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Ox The Who

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Frankenstein Edgar Winter, The Edgar Winter Group

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King of the Road is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added King of the Road Glen Campbell

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Apostrophe' is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Apostrophe' Frank Zappa - Frank Zappa

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Sparks The Who

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Baby Elephant Walk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Baby Elephant Walk Henry Mancini

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

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The Waiting Room is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Waiting Room Genesis

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Rock & Roll, Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
EdWildeman added Rock & Roll, Part 2 Gary Glitter

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John's Other is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added John's Other Hot Tuna

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Broken Spoke Shuffle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
liriodendron added Broken Spoke Shuffle Creedence Clearwater Revival

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Jambalaya is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Jambalaya Bill Bertinot

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Theme from Burnt Weenie Sandwi... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Theme from Burnt Weenie Sandwich The Mothers of Invention

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Peaches en Regalia Frank Zappa

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mark-lamotte-foster added Surf Rider The Lively Ones

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Fag is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Fag Steppenwolf

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

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

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Hey Leroy, Your Mama's Callin'... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Hey Leroy, Your Mama's Callin' You Jimmy Castor

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kingbee63 added Ride Into the Sun The Velvet Underground

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luckyguy added The Modern Alchemist (Blodwyn Pig) Blodwyn Pig

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Misirlou

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The Happy Organ is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Happy Organ Dave "Baby" Cortez