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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127 38
Ramrod is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Ramrod Duane Eddy

4
216 103
Classical Gas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Classical Gas Mason Williams

5
187 81
Clap is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Clap Yes

6
135 44
Yesternow, Part 3 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Yesternow, Part 3 Miles Davis

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122 36
Werewolf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Werewolf The Frantics

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133 41
Batman Theme is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Batman Theme Link Wray

9
149 55
Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Casino Royale Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

10
118 31
No Feelings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added No Feelings The Sex Pistols

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158 62
Hello Jeff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Hello Jeff Stanley Clarke

12
125 37
Penetration is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Penetration The Pyramids

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220 111
Sodding About is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Sodding About The Who

14
114 29
Chushingura is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Chushingura Jefferson Airplane

15
105 22
Scarified is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Scarified Racer X

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106 23
Night On a Bare Mountain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Night On a Bare Mountain Mekong Delta

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163 68
Walk Don't Run '60 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Walk Don't Run '60 The Ventures

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222 115
Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One King Crimson

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114 31
The Return of the Sun of Monst... is listed (or ranked) 19 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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110 28
Rockabilly Holiday is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rockabilly Holiday Duane Eddy

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203 102
The Gates of Delirium is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Gates of Delirium Yes

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111 30
Prelude to an Afternoon of a S... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Prelude to an Afternoon of a Sexually Aroused Gas Mask The Mothers of Invention

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107 27
Envelopes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Envelopes Frank Zappa

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177 83
Linus and Lucy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Linus and Lucy Vince Guaraldi Trio

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897 663
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YYZ Rush

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298 183
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Hugo Montenegro and His Orchestra

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227 126
Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part II King Crimson

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129 47
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mark-lamotte-foster added Night of the Vampire The Moontrekkers

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213 115
Glaeken Awakens is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Glaeken Awakens Tangerine Dream

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151 65
The William Tell Overture is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The William Tell Overture Glen Campbell

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130 48
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mark-lamotte-foster added The Bublight Joe Meek

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141 57
Metal Machine Music Remix is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Metal Machine Music Remix Lou Reed

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138 55
The Uncle Meat Variations is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Uncle Meat Variations The Mothers of Invention

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107 30
The Sweeping Wind (Kwa Ti Feng... is listed (or ranked) 34 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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215 118
Rebel Rouser is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Rebel Rouser Duane Eddy

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130 49
The Wild Horde is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Wild Horde Ennio Morricone

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141 58
Lay Down and Die Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Lay Down and Die Goodbye Alice Cooper

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152 67
Several Species of Small Furry... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving With a Pict Pink Floyd

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363 240
Embryonic Journey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Embryonic Journey Jefferson Airplane

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185 94
Watermelon in Easter Hay is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
MadisonLeahy added Watermelon in Easter Hay Frank Zappa

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142 59
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kingbee63 added Out of Limits The Marketts

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100 25
Guru Vandana is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Guru Vandana George Harrison

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135 54
Romance of Death is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Romance of Death Airto Moreira

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102 27
Ritual: Nous Sommes Du Soleil ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Ritual: Nous Sommes Du Soleil (Fast Bit After 12:04) Yes

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97 23
Gilberto Concerto is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Gilberto Concerto John Gilbert

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97 23
The Great Gate of Kiev is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Great Gate of Kiev SOS Productions Inc.

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136 55
Run Chicken Run is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Run Chicken Run Link Wray & His Raymen

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103 28
The Bells of St. Kahuna is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Bells of St. Kahuna Slacktone

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103 28
Singalong Junk is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Singalong Junk Paul McCartney

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148 65
Birds of Fire is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Birds of Fire The Mahavishnu Orchestra