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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582 275
Underture is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Who

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917 573
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Little Wing

3
181 57
Rockabilly Holiday is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rockabilly Holiday

Duane Eddy

4
188 62
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

5
189 63
Werewolf is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Werewolf

The Frantics

6
169 49
Guru Vandana is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Guru Vandana

George Harrison

7
241 100
Batman Theme is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Batman Theme

Link Wray

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208 77
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kingbee63 added Out of Limits The Marketts

9
192 68
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mark-lamotte-foster added Night of the Vampire The Moontrekkers

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222 90
Hello Jeff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Stanley Clarke

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194 70
Romance of Death is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Romance of Death Airto Moreira

12
166 50
The Sweeping Wind (Kwa Ti Feng... is listed (or ranked) 12 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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187 67
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mark-lamotte-foster added Joe Meek

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162 49
Envelopes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Envelopes

Frank Zappa

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303 153
Classical Gas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Mason Williams

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201 80
Grazing in the Grass is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Hugh Masekela

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178 66
Maple Leaf Rag is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Maple Leaf Rag Reverend Gary Davis

18
243 116
Linus and Lucy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Linus and Lucy

Vince Guaraldi Trio

19
175 67
Penetration is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Penetration

The Pyramids

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188 79
Apostrophe' is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Apostrophe' Frank Zappa -

Frank Zappa

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212 98
Oye Como Va is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Carlos Santana, Santana

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340 198
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looksharp added Art of Noise, Duane Eddy - Grammy winner

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1,011 723
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Rush

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155 58
Smells Like Freedom - Hawkeye ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Smells Like Freedom - Hawkeye and Schmidt

Jeff Macdonald

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168 69
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kingbee63 added Guess I'm Falling in Love The Velvet Underground

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655 452
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Edgar Winter, The Edgar Winter Group

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282 159
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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175 75
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Let's Go Trippin' Dick Dale and His Del-Tones

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161 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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129 39
The Waiting Room is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Waiting Room

Genesis

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326 197
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Sparks The Who

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175 77
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kingbee63 added Ride Into the Sun The Velvet Underground

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142 51
Jambalaya is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Jambalaya

Bill Bertinot

34
172 75
Broken Spoke Shuffle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
liriodendron added Creedence Clearwater Revival

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158 64
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mark-lamotte-foster added Deuces Wild Link Wray & His Raymen

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126 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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146 55
Egyptian Reggae is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Egyptian Reggae

Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers

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382 244
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Frank Zappa

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162 68
Fag is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Steppenwolf

40
148 57
Hey Leroy, Your Mama's Callin'... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Jimmy Castor

41
164 70
King of the Road is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Glen Campbell

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222 117
Watermelon in Easter Hay is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
MadisonLeahy added Frank Zappa

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442 294
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RobinGallego added Led Zeppelin

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255 145
The Gates of Delirium is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Gates of Delirium Yes

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173 80
Baby Elephant Walk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Baby Elephant Walk

Henry Mancini

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182 88
Cry For A Shadow is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
mark-lamotte-foster added Cry For A Shadow The Beatles

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161 71
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luckyguy added Jack the Ripper (Link Wray)

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156 67
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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119 37
Hot As Sun / Glasses is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Hot As Sun / Glasses

Paul McCartney

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241 137
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kingbee63 added Sleepwalk Santo & Johnny