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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177 56
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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204 77
Apache is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Apache Jorgen Ingmann

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842 533
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Little Wing

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

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158 45
Werewolf is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Werewolf The Frantics

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170 54
Yesternow, Part 3 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Yesternow, Part 3 Miles Davis

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153 42
No Feelings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added No Feelings The Sex Pistols

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139 32
Envelopes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Envelopes Frank Zappa

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178 60
Lay Down and Die Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Lay Down and Die Goodbye Alice Cooper

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178 60
Metal Machine Music Remix is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Metal Machine Music Remix Lou Reed

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143 35
Prelude to an Afternoon of a S... is listed (or ranked) 12 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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143 35
Rockabilly Holiday is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rockabilly Holiday Duane Eddy

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175 58
The Uncle Meat Variations is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Uncle Meat Variations The Mothers of Invention

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207 81
Walk Don't Run '60 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Walk Don't Run '60 The Ventures

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136 30
Guru Vandana is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Guru Vandana George Harrison

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161 48
Ramrod is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Ramrod Duane Eddy

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193 71
Hello Jeff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Hello Jeff Stanley Clarke

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179 61
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kingbee63 added Out of Limits The Marketts

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147 38
The Return of the Sun of Monst... is listed (or ranked) 20 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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261 120
Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One King Crimson

If You Could Only Eat One Food for the Rest of Your Life...

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255 116
Sodding About is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Sodding About The Who

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173 57
Run Chicken Run is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Run Chicken Run Link Wray & His Raymen

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148 39
Chushingura is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Chushingura Jefferson Airplane

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191 70
Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Casino Royale Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

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166 52
The Wild Horde is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Wild Horde Ennio Morricone

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mark-lamotte-foster added The Bublight Joe Meek

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141 34
The Sweeping Wind (Kwa Ti Feng... is listed (or ranked) 28 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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138 32
Singalong Junk is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Singalong Junk Paul McCartney

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169 55
Romance of Death is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Romance of Death Airto Moreira

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138 33
Night On a Bare Mountain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Night On a Bare Mountain Mekong Delta

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 32 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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137 33
The Bells of St. Kahuna is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Bells of St. Kahuna Slacktone

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185 68
The William Tell Overture is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The William Tell Overture Glen Campbell

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254 120
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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Glaeken Awakens is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Glaeken Awakens Tangerine Dream

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166 56
Grazing in the Grass is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Grazing in the Grass Hugh Masekela

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219 95
Clap is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Clap Yes

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263 128
Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part ... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part II King Crimson

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152 48
Penetration is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Penetration The Pyramids

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174 66
Birds of Fire is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Birds of Fire The Mahavishnu Orchestra

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404 240
Embryonic Journey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Embryonic Journey Jefferson Airplane

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Classical Gas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Classical Gas Mason Williams

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148 52
Maple Leaf Rag is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Maple Leaf Rag Reverend Gary Davis

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134 45
Smells Like Freedom - Hawkeye ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Smells Like Freedom - Hawkeye and Schmidt Jeff Macdonald

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200 101
Linus and Lucy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Linus and Lucy Vince Guaraldi Trio

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127 43
Scarified is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Scarified Racer X

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YYZ Rush

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221 122
The Gates of Delirium is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Gates of Delirium Yes

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142 59
Trilogy ( Remastered) is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Trilogy ( Remastered) Mahavishnu Orchestra