The Best Rock Instrumentals

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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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    YYZ 
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    Rush

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    Horizons 
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    Horizons Genesis

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    Little Wing 
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    Little Wing

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    Freeway Jam 
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    Freeway Jam Jeff Beck

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    Always With Me, Always With Yo... 
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    Joe Satriani

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    Embryonic Journey 
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    Embryonic Journey Jefferson Airplane

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    Eruption 
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    Eruption

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    La Villa Strangiato 
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    Rush

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    Bron-Yr-Aur 
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    Led Zeppelin

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    Yes

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    Funeral for a Friend 
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    Elton John

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    Mood for a Day 
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    Yes

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    Autobahn 
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    Kraftwerk

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    Cliffs of Dover 
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    Cliffs of Dover

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    Frankenstein 
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    Edgar Winter, The Edgar Winter Group

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    King Crimson

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    Hocus Pocus 
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    The Gates of Delirium 
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    The Gates of Delirium Yes

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    Jessica 
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    Jessica

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    Beck's Bolero 
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    Beck's Bolero

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    King Crimson

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    Hugo Montenegro and His Orchestra

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    Hairless Heart 
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    Hairless Heart Genesis

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    Rebel Rouser 
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    Rebel Rouser Duane Eddy

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    Regatta De Blanc 
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    Regatta De Blanc The Police Grammy winner

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    Los Endos 
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    Genesis

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    Glaeken Awakens 
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    Glaeken Awakens Tangerine Dream

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    King Crimson

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    Hang 'Em High 
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    Hang 'Em High Booker T. & the M.G.'s

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    Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats 
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    Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats Genesis

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    Fire on High 
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    Electric Light Orchestra

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    Ravine 
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    Ravine Genesis

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    Soul Sacrifice 
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    Carlos Santana, Santana

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    Moby Dick 
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    Scuttle Buttin' 
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    Scuttle Buttin'

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    Peter Gunn 
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    Art of Noise, Duane Eddy Grammy winner

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    Surfing With the Alien 
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    The Star Spangled Banner 
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    The Star Spangled Banner

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    Captain Nemo 
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    Captain Nemo Michael Schenker Group

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    Green Onions 
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    Green Onions

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    Whammer Jammer (live) 
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    Whammer Jammer (live) J. Geils Band

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    Mason Williams

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    Vince Guaraldi Trio

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    Switch 625 
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    Switch 625 Def Leppard

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    Jimi Hendrix

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    Wendy Carlos

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    The Who

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    The Beach Boys

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