Rock Songs With the Best InstrumentalsA 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
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
With all respect, YYZ is a piece of trash. I don't understand how it's been ranked second. It sounds like a show off instrumental for SpongeBob fans. Yngwee Malmsteen should have made the chart though.
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!
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.
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!
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
Smart of him to hide that trick for a while. just shows how ahead of his time he was.
Probably the most well known instrumental
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.
Sleepwalking by Santo & Johnny is classic.
I don't want to live on this planet anymore
Just try to count the time signatures
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
Absolutely fantastic song. They manage to bring so much emotion and fantastic tone all in one this should be number 1.
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
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
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.
Greatest Rock and Roll instrumental song of all time by a long way. Greatest guitar riff of all time - easy.
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.
10 min. Of pure ausomeness richie is badass
The best guitar instrument ever..
Blackbird McKnight, Bernie Worrel, and Bootsy! 'enough said.
Iii Have Become
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 not an instrument you idiot
Why the heck can this be down here? This should be 1st overall 3rd minimum
Some songs above this aren't even instrumental
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".
While all these songs are good, they are not instrumental formgods sake!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
30 seconds to mars has diversity in their songs, this ones the best
Great song, not an instrumental though
Not an instrumental
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
Great song, NOT AN INSTRUMENTAL
What a great acoustic masterpiece!