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)

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!

My favorite Metallica song. And the single most-played song in my iTunes. I just play it on repeat to get into work-mood.

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2 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.

Orion may be good and all, but nothing can touch YYZ.

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3 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)

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 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

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

Great song! Taylor swift is the best metal screamer ever

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6 Jessica (The Allman Brothers Band)

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

How can I download this song

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7 Misirlou (Dick Dale)
8 Maggot Brain (Funkadelic)

The best guitar instrument ever..

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9 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.

Buckethead is the most diverse and talented guitarist ever, even matching the skill of Hendrix of Claptom. He's in the top three greatest guitarists for sure

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10 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.

Relax and fly stratosphere...

Love this song.

The Newcomers

? Anybody There (Rainbow)
? Black Star (Yngwie Malmsteen)

The Contenders

11 Sleep Walk (The Ventures)

Sleepwalking by Santo & Johnny is classic.

12 Stairway 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.

Not an instrumental song. Shouldn't be on the list. - zxm

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13 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!

This song feels deep

14 Nosferatu (Coroner)
15 The Great Gig in the Sky (Pink Floyd)

This is real music.You can feel it in you're bones.

16 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.

Not instrumental. - zxm

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17 Son of Alerik (Deep Purple) V 1 Comment
18 Highschool Lover (Air)
19 Surfing With the Alien (Joe Satriani)

Best song ever, and by far best than Orion of Metallica.

This should be higher on the list...

20 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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Top Remixes (7)

1. Soothsayer (Buckethead)
2. Orion (Metallica)
3. YYZ (Rush)
1. Black Star (Yngwie Malmsteen)
2. Misirlou (Dick Dale)
3. Nosferatu (Coroner)
1. Black Sabbath - Fluff
2. Takillya (Black Label Society)
3. Dee (Ozzy Osbourne)

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