My Favourite Instrumental Songs

With apologies to Rush, here are a few of my all-time favourite instrumental songs. Add yours to the comments! Bonus points if you embed a YouTube video of the song.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Pretty Little Ditty

The Allman Brothers Band - Jessica

Dick Dale and the Deltones - Miserlou

Pink Floyd - The Great Gig in the Sky

Booker T and the M.G.'s - Green Onions

The Edgar Winter Group - Frankenstein

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Wipe Out

@TorontoMike .. how could you miss the classic or classics :)

October 25, 2017 @ 9:03 AM


All of the above are great picks and here is a list of my fave instrumental jams.
Sorry for the lack of links but that is sadly above my limited skillset!!

Rush-La Villa Strangiato
Ted Nugent-Homebound (Regardless of his views, still a great tune!!)
Pat Metheny-Last Train Home
Chuck Mangione-Feels So Good
Jeff Beck-Blue Wind
Herb Alpert-Rise
Joe Satriani-Crushing Day
Steve Vai- The Attitude Song
Mason Williams-Classical Gas
Jan Hammer-Miami Vice Theme

October 25, 2017 @ 9:19 AM

Jody Thornton

Hagood Hardy - Balloons
Andre Gannon - Mouvements ("Movements" in English) - the whole damn LP :)
Jan Hammer - Crockett's Theme
Camel - Reflections

October 25, 2017 @ 10:21 AM

Jody Thornton

And that should be "Gagnon". I hate spell-checkers :p

October 25, 2017 @ 10:24 AM


Mine is Swamp by Tweaker, featuring Buzz Osborne of The Melvins on guitar. Tweaker is Chris Vrenna, also known for being the NIN live drummer until the late 90s.

October 25, 2017 @ 10:25 AM


Feeling a little bored today so here are 13 more of my favourite instrumental tracks:
Also @ Jody Thornton, nice pick with the Camel track!!

Dokken-Mr. Scary
Eric Johnsnon-Cliffs of Dover
Stanley Clarke-Silly Putty
Iron Maiden-Losfer Words
Dream Theater-Ytse Jam
Dixie Dregs-Take It Off The Top
Focus-Hocus Pocus (Gary Hoey version is good too)
Alan Parsons Project-Sirius
A Flock of Seagulls-D.N.A.
Billy Preston-Outa Space
ELO-Fire On High
Elton John-Out Of The Blue

October 25, 2017 @ 10:46 AM


I love Ulrich Schnauss's music. When it does have vocals it's usually more the ethereal sort. Here are a few favourites spanning several albums that are pure-instrumental:

Monday Paracetamol

Borrowed Time

Thoughtless Motion

This one has vocals more as an instrument:

A Letter From Home

October 25, 2017 @ 11:15 AM

Al The Royal Pain

Anything by The Ventures would make my list.

October 25, 2017 @ 11:53 AM

Jody Thornton


Well I had a couple other favourites, like "Song Within a Song", and "Unevensong", but it misses the criteria because Andrew Latimer pipes in with a couple verses - doh!

Oh wait! I could have included "Aristillus". Never even thought about that one

October 25, 2017 @ 12:33 PM

Wipe Out

FYI Mike .. neither Chrome or Opera would let me post my above video. I had to use the lesser know K-Meleon browser to post the video.

October 25, 2017 @ 12:40 PM


Mr Cameron Crow introduced me to this lovely tune via his short lives show Roadies

By the Funkadelic - Maggot Brain

October 25, 2017 @ 12:58 PM


sorry - cameron crowe

October 25, 2017 @ 12:58 PM


@Jody Thornton
I think that we can allow a bit of vocals on an otherwise instrumental track if they are treated
like just another ingredient in the song and not at the forefront. Like, say, the yodeling in "Hocus
Pocus" by Focus. Integral to the song, sure, but it would still be a great track as a pure instrumental.
As for Camel, it is a shame that they did not get the credit that they deserved on this side of the pond.
Vocals and guitar work not too dissimilar to David Gilmour at times.

October 25, 2017 @ 1:00 PM


Yet another amazing track! Very influential on a young Prince.

October 25, 2017 @ 1:02 PM

The Voice of Reason

Five Alarm Funk - Don Mega

October 25, 2017 @ 1:10 PM


@The Voice of Reason
What a great track!! I had heard of this band before but had never really had the opportunity to
listen to their music. Other similar bands include Turbo Street Funk, Heavyweights Brass Band,
Souljazz Orchestra and Antibalas, as well as the various groups associated with the Daptones.

October 25, 2017 @ 1:40 PM


I love lists like this - great way to be introduced to songs you might not otherwise know existed.

My contribution would be "Arco Arena" by CAKE...a song that had vocals on its demo but when released became vocal-less, and was later used as the backing track on a Jay-Z tune called Guns and Roses.

October 25, 2017 @ 2:31 PM


FM Slaughter in Robot Village

October 25, 2017 @ 3:15 PM

The Voice of Reason


I caught Souljazz this summer. They are pretty good. Once you see Five Alarm Funk live, it will change you. They are beyond great.

October 25, 2017 @ 3:16 PM


FM, what a great band and what a fantastic instrumental!!

@The Voice of Reason
Missed a chance to see Five Alarm Funk and Turbo street Funk in performance at the Yonge
Dundas Square this past summer. Hopefully they will return in the not too distant future.

October 25, 2017 @ 3:20 PM

Javed Jafri

Some great songs already mentioned and here's a few more:

Party Seacombe from George Harrison's Wonderwall
The Water Song - Hot Tuna
Peaces En Regalia - Frank Zappa
Time is Tight - Booker T
Soulfinger - The Bar Keys
The Emperor of Wyoming - Neil Young
The Element: Fire (Mrs. O'Leary's Cow) - The Beach Boys

October 25, 2017 @ 3:22 PM


@javed Jafri
Excellent and diverse selections!!

October 25, 2017 @ 3:26 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Dokken - Mr Scary
Rush - YYZ
Pink Floyd - The Great Gig In The Sky

Here's a few that have not been mentioned here yet.
Slash - Watch This Dave

Metallica - The Extacy Of Gold

October 25, 2017 @ 3:32 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Dokken - Mr Scary
Rush - YYZ
Pink Floyd - The Great Gig In The Sky

Here's a few that have not been mentioned here yet.
Slash - Watch This Dave

Metallica - The Extacy Of Gold

October 25, 2017 @ 3:32 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Peaches En Regalia from Frank Zappa was one of Hebsy's jams!

October 25, 2017 @ 3:34 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Sorry for the doubles Mike

October 25, 2017 @ 3:37 PM


@Jason from Sudbury
Nice to see that someone else appreciates George Lynch's guitar mastery on Dokken's
Mr. Scary!! The Metallica track is definitely the highlight from an Ennio Morricone tribute
album released in 2007.

October 25, 2017 @ 3:38 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Speaking of could I forget about Orion? Master Of Puppets is one of my favorit albums.

I also forgot about Freeway Jam by Jeff Beck.

October 25, 2017 @ 3:50 PM

Jason from Sudbury

2 more not mentioned here

October 25, 2017 @ 4:31 PM

The Voice of Reason

How about;

Sunday Afternoon in the Park Van Halen

Edward, literally invented Industrial Rock.

October 25, 2017 @ 4:37 PM

Handsome Rob

Unless I missed it, I can't believe EVHs Eruption isn't on anyones list yet! Made me want to learn how to play guitar.

SRVs Little Wing.

The Beastie Boys entire album The In Sound from Way Out!

So so many great instrumental songs to pick and some great choices on people lists.


October 25, 2017 @ 5:28 PM


Here are my (vastly) different favourite instrumentals :

Brings me back to listening to music of my parents :

Percy Faith - Theme from a Summer Place

Music that makes me get up a and dance (like no-one is watching) :
MFSB - TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)

And music that I crank :
Teenage Fanclub - Is This Music?

October 25, 2017 @ 7:31 PM

Javed Jafri

A lot of the earlier titles I posted were featured widely on progressive rock radio and here is another one:
Arabesque No. 1 by Tomita

October 25, 2017 @ 7:41 PM


Rumble - Link Wray
Deep Blue Day - Brian Eno
Deportation/ Iguazu - Gustavo Santaolalla
Familiar - Nils Frahm
Love Theme From Spartacus - Carlos Santana
Oxygene pt2 - Jean Michel Jarre
Lakbossa (live) - Michael Brook
Tick Of The Clock - Chromatics
Unemployed - Alog
Radiant Child (end credits) - J Ralph

October 25, 2017 @ 9:08 PM




October 25, 2017 @ 10:52 PM


Maiden Voyage - Herbie Hancock
Green Onions - Booker T & The MG’s
Time is Tight -Booker T & The MG’s
Favorite Things - John Coltrane
Texas Fight - Univ of Texas
Jaws theme
One Of These Days - Pink Floyd

October 26, 2017 @ 8:53 AM


Just because I love instrumental music so much, here's another over-zealous list
of some vocal-free favourites:

Billy Joel-Root Beer Rag
Joe Jackson-Acropolis Now
Eddie Van Halen-Donut City
Bill Bruford-Hell's Bells
Madhouse (Prince project)-Ten
Meco-Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band
Walter Murphy-A Fifth of Beethoven
Kim Mitchell-Honey Forget Those Blues
The Ordinaires-Kashmir
Stanley Jordan-Stairway To Heaven
Vinnie Moore-While My Guitar Gently Weeps
David Shire-Night On Disco Mountain
Love Sculpture (Dave Edmunds)-Sabre Dance
Killer Joe (Max Weinberg project)-Summer On Signal Hill (Bruce S. song)
Art Of Noise&Duane Eddy-Peter Gunn
TPOH-Love Theme From TPH
Andy Summers/David Shire-Theme From 2010
Commodores-Machine Gun
Ronnie Montrose-Mandolina
Journey-Nickel and Dime

October 26, 2017 @ 11:57 AM


Sorry, the TPOH entry should have read "Love Theme From TPOH."

October 26, 2017 @ 11:59 AM



I'm seeing TPOH tonight :)

October 27, 2017 @ 1:13 PM


Cute Mark Ronson instrumental with a video styled after The Legend of Zelda

October 27, 2017 @ 2:12 PM


Enjoy your TPOH concert and thanks for the Mark Ronson video!! What an underrated
album that track came from!! Perhaps if Bruno Mars had performed on it...?!?

October 27, 2017 @ 4:17 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I played the heck out of my Love Junk cassette!

October 27, 2017 @ 4:28 PM


The second and third TPOH albums were really good too!! The late '80s and early '90s
were a great era for Canadian music in multiple genres!!

October 27, 2017 @ 4:33 PM


This morning I was listening to First Listen on JazzFm and heard an instrumental cover version of
Blind Melon's "No Rain" by drummer Ernesto Cervini and his group Turboprop. It made me appreciate the tune's melody without the lyrics/vocals getting in the way. After the tune finished,
it got me thinking about some other interesting instrumental covers of some cool rock songs:

Brad Mehldau (Great Jazz pianist)- "Paranoid Android"
Peter Frampton-"Black Hole Sun" (Including Talkbox vocals!)
The Bad Plus (Jazz Trio)-"Smells Like Teen Spirit", "Velouria" (Pixies), and "Iron Man"

October 28, 2017 @ 9:25 AM



Record Collection is a stupidly amazing album. Not really "my" style typically but I absolutely love it. I got sucked in with Bang Bang Bang. Every track is a winner. I definitely much prefer it to the Mars one.

I basically like all the TPOH albums with One Sided Story slightly less. I actually severely dislike songs like Shave Your Legs or One Thing. The rest of the songs are pretty good, but the album production style is crazy dated for the year it came out.

Re: TPOH in general ... I kind of grew out of most of the cancon I listened to as a teen in the 90s ... but still absolutely love this band. So happy I've had the opportunity to see them a few times live.

October 29, 2017 @ 10:25 PM

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