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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149 51
Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Casino Royale Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

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117 27
No Feelings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added No Feelings The Sex Pistols

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185 79
Clap is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Clap Yes

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213 101
Classical Gas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Classical Gas Mason Williams

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134 41
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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126 35
Ramrod is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Ramrod Duane Eddy

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158 60
Hello Jeff is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Hello Jeff Stanley Clarke

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121 32
Werewolf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Werewolf The Frantics

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114 27
Chushingura is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Chushingura Jefferson Airplane

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106 21
Night On a Bare Mountain is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Night On a Bare Mountain Mekong Delta

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129 39
Batman Theme is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Batman Theme Link Wray

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125 36
Penetration is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Penetration The Pyramids

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105 21
Scarified is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Scarified Racer X

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Bustin' Surfboards is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Bustin' Surfboards The Tornados

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219 110
Sodding About is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Sodding About The Who

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114 30
The Return of the Sun of Monst... is listed (or ranked) 18 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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161 67
Walk Don't Run '60 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Walk Don't Run '60 The Ventures

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110 27
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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220 114
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

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203 101
The Gates of Delirium is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added The Gates of Delirium Yes

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111 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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107 26
Envelopes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Envelopes Frank Zappa

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175 83
Linus and Lucy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Linus and Lucy Vince Guaraldi Trio

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227 125
Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part II King Crimson

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152 66
Several Species of Small Furry... is listed (or ranked) 27 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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185 93
Watermelon in Easter Hay is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
MadisonLeahy added Watermelon in Easter Hay Frank Zappa

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106 29
The Sweeping Wind (Kwa Ti Feng... is listed (or ranked) 29 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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YYZ Rush

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149 64
The William Tell Overture is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The William Tell Overture Glen Campbell

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97 22
The Great Gate of Kiev is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Great Gate of Kiev SOS Productions Inc.

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97 22
Gilberto Concerto is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Gilberto Concerto John Gilbert

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38 2
Dharma for One is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Феликс Кошки added Dharma for One

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213 117
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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127 47
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mark-lamotte-foster added The Bublight Joe Meek

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209 114
Glaeken Awakens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Glaeken Awakens Tangerine Dream

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125 46
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mark-lamotte-foster added Night of the Vampire The Moontrekkers

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291 182
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 39 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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98 24
Guru Vandana is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Kassie Lanzarotta added Guru Vandana George Harrison

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137 56
Metal Machine Music Remix is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Metal Machine Music Remix Lou Reed

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359 238
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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127 48
The Wild Horde is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Wild Horde Ennio Morricone

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139 58
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kingbee63 added Out of Limits The Marketts

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264 161
The Fish (Schindleria Praematu... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) - Live Yes

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101 27
The Bells of St. Kahuna is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Bells of St. Kahuna Slacktone

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137 57
Lay Down and Die Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Lay Down and Die Goodbye Alice Cooper

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133 54
The Uncle Meat Variations is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added The Uncle Meat Variations The Mothers of Invention

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100 27
Ritual: Nous Sommes Du Soleil ... is listed (or ranked) 49 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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100 27
Singalong Junk is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Instrumentals
Mark Lanzarotta added Singalong Junk Paul McCartney