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) Cover Art

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.

This songs is a fact to show how great a best bassist of alltimes like cliff burton. However Metallica was start it all, then dream theater follow it. And then many band making their instrumental songs own

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

2 YYZ (Rush) YYZ (Rush) Cover Art

Eruption is overrated (I know at least three guys who can definitely play Eruption). YYZ, however, is quite the opposite. Alex Lifeson showcases one of the greatest guitar solos ever in the form of the famous instrumental, YYZ. Rush is underrated, and Alex's guitar skills are too under appreciated.

There are no lyrics.. It's an INSTRUMENTAL! In my opinion the greatest band of all time.. "Yeah how about of all time. " And also this is a fact the greatest drummer of all time.. This song will have playing air drums and air base the whole way through and that third drum solo will make anyone go insane.

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!

YYZ is the easiest choice: it has meaning. The song is about coming home! On top of it being dynamically perfect, it is highly evocative. Orion is a wonderful song too, but come on...

3 Eruption (Van Halen) Eruption (Van Halen) Cover Art

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.

The best instrumental ever! And one of the best guitarists too

Probably the most well known instrumental

You can never go wrong with this song.

4 The Call of Ktulu (Metallica) The Call of Ktulu (Metallica) Cover Art

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.

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!

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

The song is beautiful and badass. As an experienced guitarist I still can't fully play this song.

5 Sleep Walk (The Ventures) Sleep Walk (The Ventures) Cover Art

Sleepwalking by Santo & Johnny is classic.

6 Scene Seven: I. The Dance of Eternity (Dream Theater) Scene Seven: I. The Dance of Eternity (Dream Theater) Cover Art

#63

I don't want to live on this planet anymore

Just try to count the time signatures

7 To Live is to Die (Metallica) To Live is to Die (Metallica) Cover Art

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

8 Voice of the Soul (Death) Voice of the Soul (Death) Cover Art

Absolutely fantastic song. They manage to bring so much emotion and fantastic tone all in one this should be number 1.

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

What a MasterPiece, my favorite instrumental of all times and my new anthem

Great song! Taylor swift is the best metal screamer ever

9 Soothsayer (Buckethead) Soothsayer (Buckethead) Cover Art

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

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.

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.

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

10 Jessica (The Allman Brothers Band) Jessica (The Allman Brothers Band) Cover Art

Great song, 15 year old, but I love the Allmans, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed is pretty good as well, but not as good as Jessica. I read they named it Jessica because when they was writing it, Dickeys daughter Jessica (who was a baby at the time) was dancing around to the tempo of the song so they named it after her. Dickeys my hero #7 best guitarist of all time in my opinion, have a great day all yall

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.

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.

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

The Contenders

11 Son of Alerik (Deep Purple) Son of Alerik (Deep Purple) Cover Art

10 min. Of pure ausomeness richie is badass

12 Maggot Brain (Funkadelic) Maggot Brain (Funkadelic) Cover Art

The best guitar instrument ever..

Blackbird McKnight, Bernie Worrel, and Bootsy! 'enough said.

13 Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd) Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd) Cover Art

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.

Not an instrumental, but that solo is breathtaking

This is also not a instrumental

14 Transylvania (Iron Maiden) Transylvania (Iron Maiden) Cover Art

Why the heck can this be down here? This should be 1st overall 3rd minimum

15 Misirlou (Dick Dale) Misirlou (Dick Dale) Cover Art

Some songs above this aren't even instrumental

16 Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin) Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin) Cover Art

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.

Amazing guitar and drums in song, it should be a instrumental! Great Song! My most favourite rock song.

Wow, the greatest instrumental, definitely deserves the top 5...and THAT SOLO! Jimmy page the King

The description states "the song can have lyrics, as long as it has an instrumental part".

17 Trampled Under Foot (Led Zeppelin) Trampled Under Foot (Led Zeppelin) Cover Art

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

18 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.

Best instrumental song ever, no question.

19 La Villa Strangiato (Rush) La Villa Strangiato (Rush) Cover Art

What is wrong with the voters? Have they ever listened to this masterpiece? Any place lower than 2nd is witless! This song has one of the best guitar solo ever made. But the problem is, most of the listeners of this generation don't know music. They tend to know the most popular band and go with them. Orion and La Villa Strangiato are the best instrumentals ever.

Half of the songs above this aren't even instrementals they are just long songs with a
Fairly small number of words. This is truly rush's best instrumental even though yyz is a close second.

Greatest instrumental track in my opinion, but for everyone else’s info complaining this list is dedicated to the instrumentals of any song, not songs that are only instrumentals. The description of the list states this

Why is this not #1!?
The guitarwork is amazing, and some of the best guitar riffs ever written are in this song. Someone really needs to rethink their decision to put it this low.

20 Time to Wake Up (30 Seconds to Mars)

30 seconds to mars has diversity in their songs, this ones the best

21 One (Metallica) One (Metallica) Cover Art

Great song, not an instrumental though

Not an instrumental

22 Into the Lungs of Hell (Megadeth)
23 Frankenstein (Edgar Winter) Frankenstein (Edgar Winter) Cover Art
24 Baba O'Riley (The Who) Baba O'Riley (The Who) Cover Art

This song has one of the greatest riffs ever, in all of its simplicity.
Oh, and it also has a violin solo.

Not a instrumental what the hell

Not instrumental.

25 Little Martha (The Allman Brothers Band) Little Martha (The Allman Brothers Band) Cover Art

What a great acoustic masterpiece!

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