Top 10 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. He also has a songwriting book out now. 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. For those with ears who cannot hear, it will seem like they came out of nowhere when they finally reach the summit of their talents.

2 A.R. Rahman Allah-Rakha Rahman, is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician and philanthropist.

An excellent musician with natural talent. No copycats, and a wonderful music composer, whether it's Indian or Western.

The reliability is perennial.

3 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.
4 Peter Lennodo Peter Lennodo is a British musician. He is also a composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the vocalist, lead guitarist and main songwriter of the rock band The Arcana.
5 Yasuharu Takanashi
6 Marco Sfogli
7 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
8 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.

Are you kidding me? The awesome masterpieces of Hans Zimmer easily make him a legend. He should be in the top ten.

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

9 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.

Even if you don't care for their songs, you must admire them for their sheer ingenuity and ability. There's no comparison.

Pretty much Dream Theater minus James. Paradigm Shift and Acid Rain are unbeatable. Best instrumentalists.

Liquid Tension Experiment should be number one.

10 Louis Colaiannia

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

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.

Not only is Louis a great pianist, but he is also very modest and generous. He prefers to share the spotlight even when many would take all of the credit.

The Contenders
11 Steve Vai Steven Siro "Steve" Vai is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer, born and raised on Long Island, New York.
12 Yanni

Yanni is one of the best. His music is more soulful, and there is a divinity in it that uplifts you no matter what mood you're in.

He is so unique. No one is better than him.

Amazing artist, with a very unique sound, and his shows are on another level.

13 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.

14 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.

Absolutely the most creative of the entire group. It's a shame that The Piano Guys play nothing but covers, or they might have made this list.

Her style is so unique, and she had to develop it herself. She brought new meaning to playing the violin.

15 Two Steps From Hell

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

16 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.
17 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.

Animals as Leaders produce some of the best modern instrumentals in the world. With Tosin Abasi playing lead guitar and Javier Reyes on rhythm guitar, they create beautiful sounds ranging from finger-picking to shredding, from metal to classical. There is something for everyone to love. They have made some of the most emotional music I've ever heard. You can tell they really care about the music they produce.

18 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
19 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 of "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!

20 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.
21 Plini
22 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... read more
23 John Williams John Williams is an American film composer. He often collaborated with Steven Spielberg on his films.
24 Danny Elfman
25 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.

Liquid Tension Experiment beat these guys? Really?

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