Best Modern Instrumental Artists

Just forget the singers. Give the instruments a little credit for once! No bands with singers on this list.

The Top Ten

1 Scale the Summit

Their guitarist has a very modern, metal and tech-core influenced guitar technique and songwritting book out now, and the scale I'm struggling with is but a measure or two from a single song of their many. I like HEAVY progressive music, and my DAD likes Scale The Summit. My friend calls them Guitar-lesson-rock.

We are witnessing the evolution of music right before our eyes and ears. But for those with ears who cannot hear, it will seem like they came out of no where when they finally reach the summit of their talents.

The Great Plains and Age of The Tide are two of the best songs I've heard in my life. These guys make me proud to be a part of my generation. Thank you for inspiring all of us.

Glacial Planet, City in the Sky & Giants are all amazing pieces of music. Very cool approach to music and original. Look forward to their new album

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2 David Guetta David Guetta Pierre David Guetta is a French DJ, songwriter, record producer and remixer who has sold over nine million albums and thirty million singles worldwide. In 2011, Guetta was voted as the number one DJ in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll.
3 A.R. Rahman A.R. Rahman Allah-Rakha Rahman, is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician and philanthropist.

Excellent musician with natural talent.
No copy cats and really a wonderful music composer either its Indian or Western.

The reliability is perennial.

Best artist

Its true..he is legend

4 Yasuharu Takanashi

Naruto Soundtrack can alone prove this guys one of the Best

Boss!

Naruto Sountrack...enough said, his music is absolutley amazing!

5 Deadmau5 Deadmau5 Joel Thomas Zimmerman (a.k.a. deadmau5) is a Canadian DJ producer, formerly a web developer, who produces a wide variety of electronic musical genres, such as electro and dubstep, but is best known for popularizing work in the areas of progressive house and electrohouse, along with the genres themselves. ...read more.
6 Hans Zimmer Hans Zimmer Hans Florian Zimmer is a German film score composer and record producer. Since the 1980s, he has composed music for over 150 films.

Its Hans Zimmerman! Dude's a legend.

When I want inspiration through music, Hans Zimmer is my go to.

Are you ' kidding me? The awesome masterpieces of Hans Zimmer easily makes him a legend...he should be in top ten - Bingofoster

7 Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment Liquid Tension Experiment was an instrumental progressive metal band founded by Mike Portnoy, then Dream Theater's drummer, in 1997. The band has released two albums through Magna Carta Records.

Pretty much dream theater minus james. Paradigm Shift and Acid Rain are unbeatable. Best instrumentalists.

These guys, even if you care not for the songs they write, you must give it up to them for sheer ingenuity and ability. There's no comparison.

Liquid tension experiment should be at 1.

8 Louis Colaiannia

Louis Colaiannia is an amazing artist/ composer. Is a joy being able to listen to his music and always exciting to see what he comes up with next!

If you get the chance to see this guy perform live don't pass it up! Brilliant compositions and wonderful energy. If you haven't listened to his music you're simply missing out.

Music with passion and integrity... Louis is one of the most gifted, yet most humble musicians I have ever met. He is graced with strength and passion! His music is very inspiring to me!

Awesome singer and musician

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9 Steve Vai Steve Vai Steven Siro "Steve" Vai is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer, born and raised on Long Island, New York.
10 Buckethead Buckethead Brian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.

He should be higher up on the list. Buckethead is an amazing, versatile musician.

Insane guitar player and nunchuck wielder.

the best

The Contenders

11 Eric Johnson Eric Johnson Eric Johnson (born August 17, 1954) is an American guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist from Austin, Texas. Best known for his electric guitar skills, Johnson is also a highly proficient acoustic, lap steel, resonator, and bass guitarist as well as an accomplished pianist and vocalist.
12 Lindsey Stirling Lindsey Stirling Lindsey Stirling is an American violinist, dancer, performance artist, and composer. She presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos found on her eponymous YouTube channel, which she created in 2007.

Her style is so unique and every song consistently delivers a unique, fast paced, modern excellence of violin art

Absolutely the most creative of the entire group. Shame the piano guys play nothing but covers or they might be on this list.

Her style is so unique and something she had to develop herself. She brought new meanings to playing violin.

Where is the piano guys! Sure, she's cute, and ok, but piano guys are way better!

13 Two Steps From Hell

This is the most talented composer on the list. Anyone who think David Guetta is better is a fool who knows nothing of true music. He composes trash-pop music. Also, you are an idiot for placing Danny Elfman so high above Hans Zimmer. The top three of this list should be:
1. Two Steps from Hell.
2. Hans Zimmer.
3. Danny Elfman.

Two Steps from Hell should really be top of the list. Have you lot heard their stuff? They wipe the fllor with David Guetta the trash-pop artist that's for sure.

14 Animals as Leaders Animals as Leaders Animals as Leaders is an American progressive metal band from Washington, D.C. It is composed of guitarists Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes along with drummer Matt Garstka, having been formed by Abasi in 2007. Their musical style has also been described as djent.
15 Joe Satriani Joe Satriani Joseph Satriani (born July 15, 1956) is an American instrumental rock guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. Early in his career, Satriani worked as a guitar instructor, with many of his former students achieving fame, such as Steve Vai, Larry LaLonde, Rick Hunolt, Kirk Hammett, Andy Timmons, Charlie ...read more.
16 Gary Hoey

This guy is one badass guitarist! He's covered so many different songs, including Christmas music, and he does it so well. I dig his cover for "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch". That one's addicting. You have to be crazy not to think he's awesome! He can really play a guitar!

Gary improves every single song he covers. indescribably great.

17 Marco Sfogli

He can every sound imaginable. his songs are so addicting...

18 Paul Gilbert Paul Gilbert Paul Brandon Gilbert is an American hard rock/heavy metal guitarist. He is best known for being the co-founder of the band Mr. Big. He was also a member of Racer X, with whom he released several albums.
19 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.

Neither modern, nor very much of instrumental. - zxm

20 Yanni

He is the best

21 John Williams John Williams John Williams (15 April 1903 – 5 May 1983) was an English stage, film and television actor. He is remembered for his role as chief inspector Hubbard in Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M For Murder, as the chauffeur in Sabrina, and as portraying the second "Mr. French" on TV's Family Affair.
22 Plini

Amazing guitarist

23 Danny Elfman Danny Elfman

elfman has always brought something new and never copied himself. a true genius of what is defined as "music"

24 Godspeed You! Black Emperor Godspeed You! Black Emperor Godspeed You! Black Emperor is a Montreal-based post-rock collective formed in 1994, currently consisting on David Bryant, Efrim Menuck, Mike Moya, Sophie Trudeau, Thierry Amar, Mauro Pezzente, Aidan Girt and Tim Herzog. They're most known for being one of the most popular post-rock groups currently, ...read more.

The kings of the modern day post rock and instrumental rock scene. - InsertNameHere

Liquid Tension Experiment beat these guys? Really?

25 Flying Lotus
26 Jeff Beck Jeff Beck Geoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds (the other two being Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page). Beck also formed The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice.

Eric Clapton, Santana, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck are classes apart.

27 65daysofstatic

Great sound.

28 Amon Tobin

Hey! He's king of electrinic! His sound makes me come several times at once!

29 Pogo
30 The Aristocrats
31 Chon
32 Audiomachine
33 John 5
34 Jeff Loomis Jeff Loomis Jeff Loomis is an American musician, best known for his role as lead guitarist in the progressive metal band Nevermore and death metal band Arch Enemy.
35 Zoogma
36 David Arkenstone

Have you seen David Arkenstone's Symphonic Adventure?!

37 The Piano Guys

They should not be on this list since all they play is covers. This list should be exclusively for content creators.

Yay! I was afraid this would not be on here. Sure it's low, but we'll take what we can get.

The piano guys bring a very versatile style to the instumental industry by performing famous pop songs and some older more sacred songs.

38 Instrumental Core
39 C418
40 X-Ray Dog

They have good music. My favorite is Final Hour, and they deserved to be recognized more often.

41 X-Ray Dog

My favorite one is Final Hour. Many of their music pieces were used for movie trailers.

42 Simply Three

Amazing artists! Have great original songs! Favorites are: Unsafe Haven and Heart's Harmony!

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