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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569 269
Underture is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Who

2
900 570
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Little Wing

3
179 59
Werewolf is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Werewolf The Frantics

4
296 145
Classical Gas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Mason Williams

5
179 61
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
199 76
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kingbee63 added Out of Limits The Marketts

7
171 56
Rockabilly Holiday is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rockabilly Holiday Duane Eddy

8
159 48
Guru Vandana is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Guru Vandana George Harrison

9
214 88
Hello Jeff is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Stanley Clarke

10
196 75
Grazing in the Grass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Hugh Masekela

11
229 99
Batman Theme is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Batman Theme Link Wray

12
158 48
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

13
184 67
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mark-lamotte-foster added Night of the Vampire The Moontrekkers

14
186 69
Romance of Death is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Romance of Death Airto Moreira

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179 66
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mark-lamotte-foster added Joe Meek

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238 110
Linus and Lucy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Linus and Lucy Vince Guaraldi Trio

17
153 48
Envelopes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Envelopes Frank Zappa

18
168 62
Penetration is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Penetration The Pyramids

19
169 63
Maple Leaf Rag is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Maple Leaf Rag Reverend Gary Davis

20
1,000 715
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Rush

21
203 97
Oye Como Va is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Carlos Santana, Santana

22
330 197
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looksharp added Art of Noise, Duane Eddy - Grammy winner

23
439 284
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RobinGallego added Led Zeppelin

24
251 136
The Gates of Delirium is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Gates of Delirium Yes

25
176 78
Apostrophe' is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Apostrophe' Frank Zappa - Frank Zappa

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644 450
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Edgar Winter, The Edgar Winter Group

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148 56
Smells Like Freedom - Hawkeye ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Smells Like Freedom - Hawkeye and Schmidt Jeff Macdonald

28
275 158
The Ox is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Ox The Who

29
320 194
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Sparks The Who

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120 36
John's Other is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added John's Other Hot Tuna

31
167 74
Baby Elephant Walk is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Baby Elephant Walk Henry Mancini

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167 74
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Let's Go Trippin' Dick Dale and His Del-Tones

33
155 65
Fag is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Steppenwolf

34
214 113
Watermelon in Easter Hay is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
MadisonLeahy added Frank Zappa

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152 63
Theme from Burnt Weenie Sandwi... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Theme from Burnt Weenie Sandwich The Mothers of Invention

36
121 38
The Waiting Room is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Waiting Room Genesis

37
164 73
Broken Spoke Shuffle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
liriodendron added Creedence Clearwater Revival

38
159 69
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kingbee63 added Guess I'm Falling in Love The Velvet Underground

39
157 68
King of the Road is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Glen Campbell

40
166 76
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kingbee63 added Ride Into the Sun The Velvet Underground

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150 63
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mark-lamotte-foster added Deuces Wild Link Wray & His Raymen

42
134 50
Jambalaya is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Jambalaya Bill Bertinot

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370 243
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Frank Zappa

44
138 54
Egyptian Reggae is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Egyptian Reggae Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers

45
140 56
Hey Leroy, Your Mama's Callin'... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Jimmy Castor

46
142 58
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mark-lamotte-foster added Surf Rider The Lively Ones

47
222 125
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MatthewGill added Hairless Heart Genesis

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148 65
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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419 291
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Misirlou

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180 92
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Flying