Bands/Musicians 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.

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Underture is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Who
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268 109
Batman Theme is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Batman Theme

Link Wray

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177 50
The Sweeping Wind (Kwa Ti Feng... is listed (or ranked) 3 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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203 68
Werewolf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Werewolf

The Frantics

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kingbee63 added Out of Limits The Marketts
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mark-lamotte-foster added Night of the Vampire The Moontrekkers
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185 56
Guru Vandana is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Guru Vandana

George Harrison

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192 61
Rockabilly Holiday is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rockabilly Holiday

Duane Eddy

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202 68
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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174 49
Envelopes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Envelopes

Frank Zappa

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204 71
Romance of Death is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Romance of Death Airto Moreira
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232 91
Hello Jeff is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Stanley Clarke
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196 68
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mark-lamotte-foster added Joe Meek
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320 156
Classical Gas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Mason Williams
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189 67
Maple Leaf Rag is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Maple Leaf Rag Reverend Gary Davis
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261 119
Linus and Lucy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Linus and Lucy

Vince Guaraldi Trio

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236 101
Oye Como Va is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Carlos Santana, Santana
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205 79
Apostrophe' is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Apostrophe' Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa

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210 83
Grazing in the Grass is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Hugh Masekela
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186 69
Penetration is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Penetration

The Pyramids

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looksharp added Art of Noise, Duane Eddy
Grammy winner
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187 76
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Let's Go Trippin' Dick Dale and His Del-Tones
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Edgar Winter, The Edgar Winter Group
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172 65
Theme from Burnt Weenie Sandwi... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Theme from Burnt Weenie Sandwich

The Mothers of Invention

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164 59
Smells Like Freedom - Hawkeye ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Smells Like Freedom - Hawkeye and Schmidt

Jeff Macdonald