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. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Orion (Metallica)
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.
I think Orion is the most powerful peace of music ever. RIP Cliff Burton!
Orion>Ktulu>To Live is to Die>Suicide and Redemption


[Newest]Orion, Call Of Ktulu: Best instrumentals so far

2YYZ (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!


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.
[Newest]Musicianship at its finest, surprised La Villa didn't make the list

3Soothsayer (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.
Only buckethead. Only the greatest guitar player of all time could make an instrumental metal song emotional. Just beautiful and just so good.
Let's say Soothsayer is here to represent Buckethead as there is far more great song from him. This one has both feeling and technicity, I can't think of any other guitarist that reaches such a high level both technicaly and on the writing

4Eruption (Van Halen)
You can never go wrong with this song.
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.
Smart of him to hide that trick for a while. just shows how ahead of his time he was.
[Newest]Orion is so over rated

5The 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!
Every now and then I like to put on this song and taste every single bit of it.

6Jessica (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!


7Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin)
This isn't an instrumental.
This song is not an instrumental, but it is brilliant.
This is NOT, and NEVER WILL BE, an instrumental.

8Speeding (Steve Vai)

9Black Sabbath - Fluff

10Suicide & 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.


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

The Contenders

11Sleepwalk (The Ventures)

12Takillya (Black Label Society)

13Dee (Ozzy Osbourne)

14Dialectic Chaos (Megadeth)

15Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd)
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 Song is so good, its like a poem with a great solo.
This is also not a instrumental


[Newest]Not an instrumental, but that solo is breathtaking

16Son of Alerik (Deep Purple)
10 min. Of pure ausomeness richie is badass

17Don't Start (Too Late) (Black Sabbath)

18Crimson Tide and Deep Blue Sea (Nightwish)
Best instrumental song ever, no question.
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.

19Maggot Brain (Funkadelic)
The best guitar instrument ever..

20Black Widow of La Porte (John5)

21To 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!
This song feels deep

22Voice of the Soul (Death)

23Baba O'Riley (The Who)
This song has one of the greatest riffs ever, in all of its simplicity.
Oh, and it also has a violin solo.

24Little Martha (Duane Allman)
What a great acoustic masterpiece!

25Misirlou (Dick Dale)

26Stream of Consciousness (Dream Theater)
This and DoE are probably the best instrumentals I've ever listened to. Dream Theater is certainly a ground-breaking band when it comes to pure musicianship... Just can't beat em. Can't believe this is below New Divide by Linkin Park of all things (which, like the posters above me pointed out, isn't even an instrumental), let alone not on the top ten. But anyways whatever, DT will never get the recognition they deserve it seems, and I'm just glad that me and some others can comprehend the master musicianship they have to offer. Amazing Song.
Many of you failed to understand the term "instrumental". Instrumental=no vocals!
Welcome to the internet.

27La Villa Strangiato (Rush)
Best song by Rush, one of the best of all time and No 20, behind Stairway to heaven which ISN'T AN INSTRUMENTAL
Awesome song from Hemispheres (1978).


If you know music and talent there is no way you can say this is not the most intovative and complicating instrumental song ever true that! ยก!
[Newest]I love this song

28Pretty Little Ditty (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

29Woodpecker From Mars (Faith No More)

30For the Love of God (Steve Vai)
I love this all time greatest melodies rocking instrumental rock and blues. It is the finest work of steve vai till the date. I recommend this song for all listeners at least one time to listen and enjoy it!
Total Masterpiece from Vai. Epic depiction of effortlessness and the feel one can bring out from an electric guitar.
Reminds me of something you'd hear from David Gilmour, so in other words, this song is a masterpiece.

31Free Bird (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
The first 5 minutes build up to the famous five minute guitar solo

32Frankenstein (Edgar Winter)

33Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
This is far from a instrumental.


34This Is How I Disappear (My Chemical Romance)
My Chemical Romance has best songs one of his song This Is How I Disappear has great instrumental rock music. so my request is to checkout this! I'm sure you'll add this legend song!
Not really an instrumental but its still very good! The guitars are very good on record and even better live. Drums are just as good.

35Moby Dick (Led Zeppelin)

36The Kill (30 Seconds To Mars)

37Cliffs of Dover (Eric Johnson)
Cliffs of dover is in top20 in greatest guitar solos of all time by rolling stone magazine... This is the most unfair thing ever...
Listen to this song and you'll know why its the best instrumental ever created. Ever. Awesome solo
How does this come in at #33? Beautiful. Also, Moby Dick needs to be higher. Orion deserves 1st place really.


38Beck's Bolero (Jeff Beck)

39Laguna Sunrise (Black Sabbath)

40Impulse (An Endless Sporadic)
Awesome song kinda suprised to see it on here actually

41Toxicity (System of a Down)
With the lyrical genius/intensity added to Toxicity, much like all other System of a Down songs, fused with the instrumental work, it's one of the best metal/rock songs you can hope to find out there.
It's one of the best instrumental rock songs and best lyrics and a kind of song showing some rasons, the reason that's real for what we're facing now. No one can't say will never be again. But it's a kind perfect by the nature, we are to say at the end.

42In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (The Allman Brothers Band)
jazz-rock at it's best particularly on the Filmore east version amazing a million times better than anything on this list!


43Nightmare (Avenged Sevenfold)
A7X's best song to date, up there with the best songs ever written for mainstream metal


44Any Colour You Like (Pink Floyd)

45Layla (Derek and the Dominos)

46Losfer Words (Big 'Orra) (Iron Maiden)

47The Great Gig in the Sky (Pink Floyd)

48Silent Knight (Versailles)

49Radar Love (Golden Earring)

50Spanish Fly (Van Halen)
By far the fastest acoustic guitar song ever,

51Jungleland (Bruce Springsteen)

52Killer (Alice Cooper)

53The Road of Lords (Tak Matsumoto)

54Marooned (Pink Floyd)

55The Dance of Eternity (Dream Theater)

56Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen)

57Louie Louie (The Kingsmen)

58Of a Lifetime (Journey)

59Working Man (Rush)

60I Robot (The Alan Parsons Project)

61Tender Surrender (Steve Vai)

62Little Wing (Stevie Ray Vaughan)
Hands down the best instrumental I've ever heard or played on guitar. You can really feel your soul. Thanks Stevie for giving me this beautiful gift of blues.

63When the Water Breaks (Liquid Tension Experiment)
an underrated band but filled with talents such as mike portnoy
top song played on my ipod


64Edge Of The Earth (30 Seconds To Mars)

65Always With You, Always With Me (Joe Satriani)

66Glasgow Kiss (John Petrucci)
Its all about instrumental..

67Coast to Coast (Scorpions)
Why is the song so far behind of the ranking?!
There is emotion packed in here.

68Clubbed to Death (Rob Dougan)

69B.Y.O.B. (System of a Down)

70Buck's Boogie (Blue Oyster Cult)

71Touching Tongues (Steve Vai)

72Riders On the Storm (The Doors)

73What I've Done (Linkin Park)

74Light My Fire (The Doors)

75Behind My Camel (The Police)

76Question! (System of a Down)

77Holy Mountains (System of a Down)
this song is the greatest instrumental song by the greatest instrumental band

78Melissa's Garden (Steve Vai)

79Welcome Home (Coheed and Cambria)
Simply the most epic song ever written


80Pulse of the Maggots (Slipknot)
Perhaps Slipknots most under rated song to date.


81Atom Heart Mother (Pink Floyd)

82From Yesterday (30 Seconds To Mars)

83NoGod (Aozora)

84Transylvania (Iron Maiden)

85Hibernation (Ted Nugent)

86Ain't No Rest for the Wicked (Cage the Elephant)

87Frozen Sky (Norther)

88Touch Me (The Doors)
The Doors actually have talent and they have things to say. And the things they say aren't always about anger, depression, sadness, or heartbreak. They go way beyond topical song writing and I hold them in the highest esteem along with Bob Dylan.

89Snowbound (Arch Enemy)
Great instrumental make me remembering this past <3 I love this melodies

90Bye Bye Beautiful (Nightwish)

91Brighton Rock (Queen)

92Roundabout (Yes)

93Technical Difficulties (Racer X)

94Song of the Wind (Santana)

95Hocus Pocus (Focus)
Classic riff, excellent solos. One of the best early progressive rock bands ever.
Tjis Van Leer and Jan Akkermann tied for Guitar Player Magazine's: Guitar player of the Year, for this song.

96Watch This (Slash)

97Fractured Mirror (Ace Frehley)

98Into the Lungs of Hell (Megadeth)

99Two Weeks (All That Remains)
Epic instrumental, strong and energetic, plus meaningful lyrics that mesh perfectly with the beat


100The Kingmaker (Diamond Head)

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This list was created 7 years, 179 days ago and has been voted on over 2,000 times. This top ten list contains 135 items, has been remixed 3 times.

Updated Friday, April 17, 2015

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