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

Rock Stars Who Have Aged Surprisingly Well The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Little Wing

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112 23
No Feelings is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added No Feelings The Sex Pistols

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125 33
Batman Theme is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Batman Theme Link Wray

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145 49
Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Casino Royale Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

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124 33
Ramrod is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Ramrod Duane Eddy

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120 30
Werewolf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Werewolf The Frantics

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125 34
Penetration is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Penetration The Pyramids

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130 38
Yesternow, Part 3 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Yesternow, Part 3 Miles Davis

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157 59
Hello Jeff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Hello Jeff Stanley Clarke

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209 100
Classical Gas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Classical Gas Mason Williams

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179 77
Clap is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Clap Yes

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105 20
Night On a Bare Mountain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Night On a Bare Mountain Mekong Delta

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104 20
Scarified is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Scarified Racer X

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111 26
Chushingura is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Chushingura Jefferson Airplane

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time 16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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159 64
Walk Don't Run '60 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Walk Don't Run '60 The Ventures

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110 26
Rockabilly Holiday is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Rockabilly Holiday Duane Eddy

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216 110
Sodding About is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Sodding About The Who

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201 100
The Gates of Delirium is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Gates of Delirium Yes

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109 29
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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104 26
Envelopes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Envelopes Frank Zappa

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174 83
Linus and Lucy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Linus and Lucy Vince Guaraldi Trio

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107 29
Prelude to an Afternoon of a S... is listed (or ranked) 23 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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212 114
Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One King Crimson

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97 21
Gilberto Concerto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Gilberto Concerto John Gilbert

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105 28
The Sweeping Wind (Kwa Ti Feng... is listed (or ranked) 26 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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148 63
The William Tell Overture is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The William Tell Overture Glen Campbell

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224 125
Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part II King Crimson

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213 117
Rebel Rouser is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Rebel Rouser Duane Eddy

14 Famous People Who Have PhDs 19 Real Springfields and How They Mirror The Simpsons

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183 93
Watermelon in Easter Hay is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
MadisonLeahy added Watermelon in Easter Hay Frank Zappa

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96 22
The Great Gate of Kiev is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Great Gate of Kiev SOS Productions Inc.

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YYZ Rush

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288 180
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 33 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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149 66
Several Species of Small Furry... is listed (or ranked) 34 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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205 113
Glaeken Awakens is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Glaeken Awakens Tangerine Dream

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355 237
Embryonic Journey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Embryonic Journey Jefferson Airplane

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261 160
The Fish (Schindleria Praematu... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) - Live Yes

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121 45
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mark-lamotte-foster added Night of the Vampire The Moontrekkers

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98 26
Singalong Junk is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Singalong Junk Paul McCartney

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134 56
Lay Down and Die Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Lay Down and Die Goodbye Alice Cooper

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99 27
The Bells of St. Kahuna is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Bells of St. Kahuna Slacktones

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123 47
The Wild Horde is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Wild Horde Ennio Morricone

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123 47
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mark-lamotte-foster added The Bublight Joe Meek

The Worst Albums by Great Bands The Best Coconut Oil Brands

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136 58
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kingbee63 added Out of Limits The Marketts

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246 150
The Ox is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Ox The Who

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207 118
Rock & Roll, Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
EdWildeman added Rock & Roll, Part 2 Gary Glitter

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128 52
Grazing in the Grass is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Grazing in the Grass Hugh Masekela

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98 27
John's Other is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added John's Other Hot Tuna

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98 27
The Waiting Room is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Waiting Room Genesis

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124 49
Maple Leaf Rag is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Maple Leaf Rag Reverend Gary Davis