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

The best guitar instrument ever..

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9 Scene Seven: I. The Dance of Eternity (Dream Theater)

#63

I don't want to live on this planet anymore

10 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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The Contenders

11 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.

12 Black Star (Yngwie Malmsteen)
13 Sleep Walk (The Ventures)

Sleepwalking by Santo & Johnny is classic.

14 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

15 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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16 Nosferatu (Coroner)
17 The Great Gig in the Sky (Pink Floyd)

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

18 Son of Alerik (Deep Purple)

10 min. Of pure ausomeness richie is badass

19 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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20 Highschool Lover (Air)
21 Surfing With the Alien (Joe Satriani)

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

This should be higher on the list...

22 Pretty Little Ditty (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
23 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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24 Trampled Under Foot (Led Zeppelin)

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

25 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

Good harmony of the instruments. Very kickass instrumental from Metallica. , / rock on!

26 La Villa Strangiato (Rush)

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.

Best song by Rush, one of the best of all time and No 20, behind Stairway to heaven which ISN'T AN INSTRUMENTAL

Just here it once and you will change your mind. The alex lifeson solo is godlike.

This should be number one followed by YYZ

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27 Moby Dick (Led Zeppelin)

INSTRUMENTALS ARE ARE SONGS Without VOCALS. Stairway to heaven and free bird are not instrumentals you stupid morons.

This a good instrumental from well known band,what the heck adding song that is not an instrumental

28 Time to Wake Up (30 Seconds to Mars)

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

29 Transylvania (Iron Maiden)

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

30 Little Martha (The Allman Brothers Band)

What a great acoustic masterpiece!

31 Baba 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.

Not instrumental. - zxm

Great song, NOT AN INSTRUMENTAL

32 Stream 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!

How is this 26. Should be top 5 just because Van Halen, Metallica, and rush is well known doesn't mean they have the best instrumental. I love orion but this is my favorite

Dream Theater are the gods of instrumentals, harmonies you have never heard in your life, weird yet melodic modelasions and time signature changes... anyway this is my least favorite instrumental by them, Eve is my Favorite...

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33 For 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.

34 Brother - Pearl Jam
35 Black Sabbath - Fluff
36 Dee (Ozzy Osbourne)
37 Into the Lungs of Hell (Megadeth)
38 Takillya (Black Label Society)
39 Anybody There (Rainbow)
40 Frankenstein (Edgar Winter)
41 Free Bird (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

The first 5 minutes build up to the famous five minute guitar solo

There is no song better than this song. The way the Band worked up the song is just amazing. The slide guitar play is the best I have ever heard and the play of the rest of the Band at the fast part is not to be denied.
This is a song that really got the crowd going but that is not the only reason it is so great. It is great because of the aforementioned facts.

42 Speeding (Steve Vai)
43 New Divide (Linkin Park)

Who was stupid enough to put this song in this list and who is stupid enough to vote it? This song isn't instrumental, and besides, this isn't even one of the best linking park songs...

Chester with his amazing voice again mesmerizing in this song with the music in background really really awesome song indeed.

Transformers for the win

New divide lovely song love you Linkin Park

44 Black Widow of La Porte (John5) Black Widow of La Porte (John5)
45 This 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.

46 The Loner (Gary Moore)
47 Genghis Khan (Iron Maiden)
48 Don't Start (Too Late) (Black Sabbath)
49 The Kill (30 Seconds To Mars)
50 Cliffs 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 it's the best instrumental ever created. Ever. Awesome solo

A true masterpiece

This is the smoothest and most kickass rock instrumental in history.

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