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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864 545
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Little Wing

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145 36
Guru Vandana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Guru Vandana George Harrison

4
196 74
Batman Theme is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Batman Theme Link Wray

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154 44
The Return of the Sun of Monst... is listed (or ranked) 5 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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152 43
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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200 78
Hello Jeff is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Hello Jeff Stanley Clarke

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175 60
Grazing in the Grass is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Grazing in the Grass Hugh Masekela

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146 39
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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183 66
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kingbee63 added Out of Limits The Marketts

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161 50
Werewolf is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Werewolf The Frantics

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173 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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170 58
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mark-lamotte-foster added Night of the Vampire The Moontrekkers

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141 38
Envelopes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Envelopes Frank Zappa

Rock Stars Who Have Aged Surprisingly Well

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168 58
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mark-lamotte-foster added The Bublight Joe Meek

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265 132
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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155 52
Penetration is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Penetration The Pyramids

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154 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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212 101
Linus and Lucy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Linus and Lucy Vince Guaraldi Trio

20
234 125
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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138 49
Smells Like Freedom - Hawkeye ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Smells Like Freedom - Hawkeye and Schmidt Jeff Macdonald

The Best Drummers of All Time

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956 703
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YYZ Rush

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413 272
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RobinGallego added Bron-Yr-Aur Led Zeppelin

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310 193
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looksharp added Peter Gunn Art of Noise, Duane Eddy - Grammy winner

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258 153
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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198 105
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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296 188
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Sparks The Who

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151 68
Broken Spoke Shuffle is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
liriodendron added Broken Spoke Shuffle Creedence Clearwater Revival

The Best Rock Vocalists

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141 60
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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106 31
John's Other is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added John's Other Hot Tuna

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600 443
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Frankenstein Edgar Winter, The Edgar Winter Group

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149 67
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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151 69
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Let's Go Trippin' Dick Dale and His Del-Tones

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218 125
Rock & Roll, Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
EdWildeman added Rock & Roll, Part 2 Gary Glitter

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105 31
The Waiting Room is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Waiting Room Genesis

The Top 500 Musical Groups/Artists of All Time

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174 89
Oye Como Va is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Oye Como Va Carlos Santana, Santana

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137 58
Theme from Burnt Weenie Sandwi... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Theme from Burnt Weenie Sandwich The Mothers of Invention

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145 65
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kingbee63 added Guess I'm Falling in Love The Velvet Underground

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350 238
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Peaches en Regalia Frank Zappa

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130 53
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mark-lamotte-foster added Surf Rider The Lively Ones

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126 50
Egyptian Reggae is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Egyptian Reggae Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers

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152 72
Apostrophe' is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Apostrophe' Frank Zappa - Frank Zappa

A Random Collection of 30 Hilarious YouTube Comments

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120 45
Jambalaya is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Jambalaya Bill Bertinot

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140 62
Fag is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Fag Steppenwolf

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128 52
Hey Leroy, Your Mama's Callin'... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Hey Leroy, Your Mama's Callin' You Jimmy Castor

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135 58
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luckyguy added The Modern Alchemist (Blodwyn Pig) Blodwyn Pig

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136 59
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mark-lamotte-foster added Deuces Wild Link Wray & His Raymen

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137 60
The Happy Organ is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Happy Organ Dave "Baby" Cortez

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152 73
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kingbee63 added Ride Into the Sun The Velvet Underground

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370 258
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looksharp added Mood for a Day Yes