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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590 278
Underture is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Who

2
173 50
Guru Vandana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Guru Vandana

George Harrison

3
925 575
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Little Wing

4
247 103
Batman Theme is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Batman Theme

Link Wray

5
191 64
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

6
192 65
Werewolf is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Werewolf

The Frantics

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210 78
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kingbee63 added Out of Limits The Marketts

8
183 59
Rockabilly Holiday is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rockabilly Holiday

Duane Eddy

9
194 68
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mark-lamotte-foster added Night of the Vampire The Moontrekkers

10
168 50
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

11
224 90
Hello Jeff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Stanley Clarke

12
196 71
Romance of Death is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Romance of Death Airto Moreira

13
165 49
Envelopes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Envelopes

Frank Zappa

14
189 67
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mark-lamotte-foster added Joe Meek

15
306 154
Classical Gas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Mason Williams

16
203 81
Grazing in the Grass is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Hugh Masekela

17
251 117
Linus and Lucy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Linus and Lucy

Vince Guaraldi Trio

18
181 66
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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192 79
Apostrophe' is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Apostrophe' Frank Zappa -

Frank Zappa

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218 99
Oye Como Va is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Carlos Santana, Santana

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176 68
Penetration is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Penetration

The Pyramids

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344 198
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looksharp added Art of Noise, Duane Eddy - Grammy winner

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157 58
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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665 452
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Edgar Winter, The Edgar Winter Group

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1,018 726
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Rush

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286 159
The Ox is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Ox

The Who

27
170 69
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kingbee63 added Guess I'm Falling in Love The Velvet Underground

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131 39
The Waiting Room is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Waiting Room

Genesis

29
163 64
Theme from Burnt Weenie Sandwi... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Theme from Burnt Weenie Sandwich

The Mothers of Invention

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177 75
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Let's Go Trippin' Dick Dale and His Del-Tones

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175 75
Broken Spoke Shuffle is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
liriodendron added Creedence Clearwater Revival

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330 197
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Sparks The Who

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177 77
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kingbee63 added Ride Into the Sun The Velvet Underground

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144 51
Jambalaya is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Jambalaya

Bill Bertinot

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160 64
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mark-lamotte-foster added Deuces Wild Link Wray & His Raymen

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128 39
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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387 244
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Frank Zappa

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167 70
King of the Road is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Glen Campbell

39
148 55
Egyptian Reggae is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Egyptian Reggae

Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers

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164 68
Fag is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Steppenwolf

41
150 57
Hey Leroy, Your Mama's Callin'... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Jimmy Castor

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225 118
Watermelon in Easter Hay is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
MadisonLeahy added Frank Zappa

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187 88
Cry For A Shadow is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
mark-lamotte-foster added Cry For A Shadow The Beatles

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447 296
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RobinGallego added Led Zeppelin

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171 76
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kingbee63 added The Rolling Stones

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122 37
Hot As Sun / Glasses is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Hot As Sun / Glasses

Paul McCartney

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257 146
The Gates of Delirium is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Gates of Delirium Yes

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163 71
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luckyguy added Jack the Ripper (Link Wray)

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158 67
The Happy Organ is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Happy Organ

Dave "Baby" Cortez

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175 81
Baby Elephant Walk is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Baby Elephant Walk

Henry Mancini