Rock Songs With the Best Instrumentals

A lot of great songs have great lyrics, but some songs have some pretty great instrumental parts as well. These are the best of those songs, whether they're completely instrumental or not.

The Top Ten

1 Orion (Metallica) Orion (Metallica)

I think Orion is the most powerful peace of music ever. RIP Cliff Burton!

Just when everyone thought Metallica was history they released "Death Magnetic", and that stuff is a little redundant on the riffs but still shows they can jam harder and longer than any band so far.

No one beats the great interlude with the guitars going and the bass with the drums keeping it together and not making it to fancy. End of story. ORION!

Best! Ultimate Piece of art of music! Ne plus Ultra! I combine it with Take Five and experience the ecstasy. Followed by To live is to die and Rat Salad

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2 YYZ (Rush) YYZ (Rush)

Amazing song by an amazing band. I do think there is a better instrumental by the same band... LA Villa Strangiato is far more complex and diverse. By he way some of the songs on this list aren't instrumentals.. just saying! - scaff212

Orion? No way brothers. Orion has so little instrumentality compared to YYZ. YYZ boasts everything in a rock instrumental. Great drum solos, great guitar licks and solos and perfect 'Geddy' basslines. Where is Eruption? Black Star by Yngwie? For The Love Of God? Cliffs Of Dover? MAGGOT BRAIN? WHERE ARE THOSE? I thought all of us know ROCK MUSIC very well.

The best band of their era with the best instrumental as well. By the way an instrumental has no lyrics... just saying.

Look, no offense to Orion, but YYZ is just perfection.

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3 The Call of Ktulu (Metallica) The Call of Ktulu (Metallica)

AMAZING SONG! Shows the incredible range that Metallica has. And half the songs on this list aren't even instrumentals

This song is incredible, I love Metallica and all their work but I don't know how someone can say Orion is better than call of ktulu!

This list is so innacurate I want to cringe. The list should contain this and Orion, (Suicide and Redemption is awesome too) For the Love of God by Steve Vai, Black Star by Yngwie Malmsteen, Cliffs of Dover by Eric Johnson, Eruption, Buckethead, and so on. Come on guys, stop voting for songs that aren't instrumentals.

Its okay, way better than ktulu

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4 Eruption (Van Halen) Eruption (Van Halen)

You can never go wrong with this song.

Smart of him to hide that trick for a while. just shows how ahead of his time he was.

One of the only true "instrumentals"on the list. And one of the best ever made.
Van Halen was one of the greatest bands of the 1980s, and of all time in my opinion.

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5 Jessica (The Allman Brothers) Jessica (The Allman Brothers)

Greatest Rock and Roll instrumental song of all time by a long way. Greatest guitar riff of all time - easy.

I lived in "Beirut, Lebanon for nearly four years during the Israeli - Syrian-Lebanese war in the early 80's. The "Allman Brothers" were a saving grace during all the madness. I lived there for nearly four years. It's a beautiful country caught in the fury of war. If it weren't for the people and the music the world would be nearly unbearable. "Tim Elfstrom" from Connecticut.

Yeah MAN! Roll your car windows down... And Jessica is your highway soundtrack! - frank

I agree with this guys assessment - greatest R&R instrumental song of all time by a long way. Awesome Dicky Betts on guitar and Chuck Leavell on piano. Nothing else comes even close.

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6 Voice of the Soul (Death) Voice of the Soul (Death)

Even though this has no words, this instrumental masterpiece by death metal pioneers Death is beyond any words

Rock song with instrumental? Hell, this is THE best instrumental, ever. Period. Love Chuck Schuldiner

Great song! Taylor swift is the best metal screamer ever

This is the greatest Death song, RIP Chuck

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7 Maggot Brain (Funkadelic) Maggot Brain (Funkadelic)

The best guitar instrument ever..

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8 Soothsayer (Buckethead) Soothsayer (Buckethead)

How in the name of god isn't soothsayer on the top 10?! It saddens me to see how underrated buckethead is and this song is easily better than most of the ones in the first 10.

If we could hear God in music Buckethead would be his prophet. The raw emotion and depth carried by this song is unreal. No other guitarist in the world can match his skill.

Only buckethead. Only the greatest guitar player of all time could make an instrumental metal song emotional. Just beautiful and just so good.

Soothsayer is the closest thing we can get to hearing the voice of God himself. This song is a masterpiece, the guitar is uncanny and will never be matched ever

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9 Any Colour You Like (Pink Floyd) Any Colour You Like (Pink Floyd)

I thank David so much for every trip I spend listening to Pink Floyd. This I'll indeed take you to a much higher place.

Simple amazing. Will take you to higher places for sure.

10 Sleep Walk (The Ventures) Sleep Walk (The Ventures)

Sleepwalking by Santo & Johnny is classic.

The Contenders

11 Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin) Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin)

This song is not an instrumental, but it is brilliant.

Yes this song is one of the greatest songs of all time and many others on tis list but they are NOT instrumentals, I repeat NOT instrumentals, they are good songs but they shouldn't be on his list.

This is NOT, and NEVER WILL BE, an instrumental.

Awesome song but you know. Not so much instrumental

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12 To Live Is to Die (Metallica) To Live Is to Die (Metallica)

NO, No no... To live is to die is the best instrumental song dedicated to best bassist by the best band... It's more than a song, it's a Masterpiece! Sometimes words are not enough to make you cry! This is my favorite instrumental song of all times!

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13 The Great Gig in the Sky (Pink Floyd) The Great Gig in the Sky (Pink Floyd) V 1 Comment
14 Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd) Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd)

This is also not a instrumental - Sabbath

This Song is so good, its like a poem with a great solo.

Iii Have Become

Comfortably Numb

Oh, I love this song so much. It deserves to be higher for sure because it really means something if you know what I mean.

This is not an instrument you idiot

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15 Son of Alerik (Deep Purple) Son of Alerik (Deep Purple) V 1 Comment
16 Highschool Lover (Air) Highschool Lover (Air)
17 Crimson Tide and Deep Blue Sea (Nightwish)

The best instrumental by the best rock group, no doubt. One of the best cover songs ever. It takes one's soul to the deeps of the oceans.

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18 Trampled Under Foot (Led Zeppelin) Trampled Under Foot (Led Zeppelin)

While all these songs are good, they are not instrumental formgods sake!

19 Pretty Little Ditty (Red Hot Chili Peppers) Pretty Little Ditty (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
20 Suicide & Redemption (Metallica) Suicide & Redemption (Metallica)

I haven't sensed as much emotion in an instumental since To Live Is To Die. Suicide And Redemtion not only makes me feel like a badass with its heavy riffs, but can also help calm you down with the clean and soft center.

This song is also a perfect example of how not all good solos are fast. It really shows you how smart James Hetfield is, working the first solo.

I can listen it over and over again. - kkkppp

One of the best instrumental sonngs, it has a killing guitar graet bass and drums thhat join together on a grat melody. Any one should listen to this magnific song you wont loose your time. Good job Metallica

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Top Remixes (6)

1. Soothsayer (Buckethead)
2. Orion (Metallica)
3. YYZ (Rush)
1. Black Sabbath - Fluff
2. Takillya (Black Label Society)
3. Dee (Ozzy Osbourne)
1. Orion (Metallica)
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3. Any Colour You Like (Pink Floyd)

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