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100 Greatest Rock Instrumentals

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Criteria: - These Rock Instrumentals were ranked for their influence, popularity, composition, originality, and instrumentation. (There may be the occasional voice or chant, but no significant lyrics) (This list does not include Jazz, Blues, Classical, or solo Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals.)

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Edited By: Sampson
Last Updated: 06-24-2009

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100 Greatest Rock Instrumentals
  1. Green Onions - Booker T & The MGs
  2. Honky Tonk - Bill Doggett
  3. Walk Don't Run - The Ventures
  4. Pipeline - The Chantays
  5. Night Train - Jimmy Forest
  6. Wipe Out - The Surfaris
  7. Rumble - Link Wray
  8. Rebel Rouser - Duane Eddy
  9. Frankenstein - Edgar Winter
10. Misirlou - Dick Dale
11. Sleepwalk - Santo and Johnny
12. Jessica - Allman Brothers Band
13. TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) - MFSB
14. Tequila - Champs
15. Time Is Tight - Booker T & The MGs
16. The Deacon's Hop - Big Jay McNeely
17. Eruption - Van Halen
18. Cissy Strut - The Meters
19. Memphis - Lonnie Mack
20. Apache - The Shadows
21. Raunchy - Bill Justis
22. Soul Twist - King Curtis
23. Space Guitar - Johnny "Guitar" Watson
24. Last Night - The Mar-Keys
25. Wild Weekend - The Rockin' Rebels
26. Maggot Brain - Funkadelic
27. Rockit - Herbie Hancock
28. The Popcorn - James Brown
29. Hip Hug-Her - Booker T. & The MG's
30. Let's Go Trippin' - Dick Dale
31. Telstar - The Tornadoes
32. Soul Finger - Bar Kays
33. Out Of Limits - The Marketts
34. Funky Drummer - James Brown
35. Rock And Roll Part 2 - Garry Glitter
36. Soul Serenade - King Curtis/Willie Mitchell
37. Machine Gun - The Commodores
38. Outa Space - Billy Preston
39. The Lonely Surfer - Jack Nitzsche
40. Scorpio - Dennis Coffey
41. Hide Away - Freddie King
42. Hang 'Em High - Booker T. & The MG's
43. Beck's Bolero - Jeff Beck
44. Sophisticated Cissy - The Meters
45. Pick Up The Pieces - Average White Band
46. Twine Time - Alvin Cash & The Crawlers
47. Flamingo - Earl Bostic
48. Because They're Young - Duane Eddy
49. Groovin' - Booker T. & The MG's
50. Moby Dick - Led Zeppelin
51. Harlem Nocturne - Johnny Otis/The Viscounts
52. La Villa Strangiato - Rush
53. Ain't It Funky Now - James Brown
54. Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield
55. Wham! - Lonnie Mack
56. Ghost Riders In The Sky - The Ramrods
57. Forty Miles Of Bad Road - Duane Eddy
58. Blue's Theme - Davie Allan & The Arrows
59. Soul Sacrifice - Santana
60. The Horse - Cliff Nobles & Co.
61. Cleo's Mood - Jr. Walker & The All-Stars
62. Hawaii Five-O - The Ventures
63. Orion - Metallica
64. Surfing With The Alien - Joe Satriani
65. Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Part Two) - Jessie Hill
66. Lark's Tongue In Aspic - King Crimson
67. 20-75 - Willie Mitchell
68. Express - BT Express
69. Viva Tirado - El Chicano
70. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed - Allman Brothers
71. Peaches En Regalia - Frank Zappa
72. Sparks - The Who
73. Summertime - Booker T. & The MG's
74. Red River Rock - Johnny & the Hurricanes
75. Hocus Pocus - Focus
76. YYZ - Rush
77. Cole Slaw - Frank Culley
78. The Happy Organ - Dave "Baby" Cortez
79. Star Spangled Banner - Jimi Hendrix
80. Mrs. Robinson - Booker T. & The MG's
81. Journey To The Stars - The Ventures
82. Interstellar Overdrive - Pink Floyd
83. Peter Gunn - Duane Eddy/The Art Of Noise
84. Satch Boogie - Joe Satriani
85. Gonzo - James Booker
86. Smokie Part Two - Bill Black's Combo
87. Cliffs Of Dover - Eric Johnson
88. Wade In The Water - Ramsay Lewis Trio
89. Teen Beat - Sandy Nelson
90. Tall Cool One - The Wailers
91. Swanee River Hop - Fats Domino
92. Penetration - The Pyramids
93. Summer Madness - Kool & The Gang
94. Bongo Rock - Preston Epps/Incredible Bongo Band
95. One Mint Julep - Ray Charles
96. Nottingham Lace - Buckethead
97. Samba Pa Ti - Santana
98. Mumblin' Guitar - Bo Diddley
99. Hold It - Bill Doggett
100. Miami Vice Theme - Jan Hammer
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101. Grazing in The Grass - Hugh Masekela
102. Slaughter On 10th Avenue - The Ventures/Mick Ronson
103. Cannonball - Duane Eddy
104. Walking With Mr. Lee - Lee Allen
105. Melting Pot - Booker T. & The MG's
106. Soulful Strut - Young-Holt Trio
107. 30-60-90 - Willie Mitchell
108. Rawhide - Link Wray
109. Classical Gas - Mason Williams
110. Spudnik (Surf Rider) - The Ventures/The Lively Ones
111. Tuff - Ace Cannon
112. Hand Clappin' - Red Prysock
113. Joy - Apollo 100
114. Surf Beat - Dick Dale
115. The In-Crowd - Ramsey Lewis Trio
116. Theme From S.W.A.T. - Rhythm Heritage
117. Space Race - Billy Preston
118. White Silver Sands - Bill Black Combo
119. The Extremist - Joe Satriani
120. Nutrocker - B. Bumble & The Stingers/ELP
121. Baja - The Astronauts
122. Flights Of Fantasy - The Ventures
123. In/Flux - DJ Shadow
124. Iron Butterfly Theme - Iron Butterfly
125. Boss - The Rumblers
126. The Messiah Will Come Again - Roy Buchanan
127. Pass The Peas - The JB's
128. When The Water Breaks - Liquid Tension Experiment
129. Embryonic Journey - Jefferson Airplane
130. Kometenmelodie - Kraftwerk
131. Scuttle Buttin - Stevie Ray Vaughan
132. Moon Dawg - The Gamblers
133. Perfidia - The Ventures
134. A Night With Daddy G - The Church Street Five
135. O-H-I-O - The Ohio Players
136. The Animal - Steve Vai
137. Ramrod - Duane Eddy
138. Poppin' - Willie Mitchell
139. Atom Heart Mother - Pink Floyd
140. Stormy - The Meters
141. Free Flight - Ted Nugent's Amboy Dukes
142. Soft - Tiny Bradshaw
143. You Can't Sit Down - Phil Upchurch Combo
144. Buck's Boogie - Blue Oyster Cult
145. Jay's Frantic - Big Jay McNeely
146. Instant Groove - King Curtis
147. Theme From The Wild Angels - Davie Allan & the Arrows
148. Suds - James Brown
149. Little Wing - Stevie Ray Vaughan
150. Rudy's Rock - Bill Haley & The Comets
151. Jack The Ripper - Link Wray
152. Hole In The Wall - The Packers
153. Erotomania - Dream Theater
154. The Call of Ktulu - Metallica
155. Guitar Boogie - Johnny Otis
156. The Hustle - Van McCoy
157. Ram Bunk Shush - Bill Doggett/The Ventures
158. Overture (Tommy) - The Who
159. Whittier Boulevard - Thee Midniters
160. Red - King Crimson
161. Mr. Eliminator - Dick Dale
162. Ytse Jam - Dream Theater
163. Torquay - The Fireballs
164. Do It Any Way You Wanna - People's Choice
165. Aztec - Bo Diddley
166. University Boulevard - Los Straitjackets
167. Glasgow Kiss - John Petrucci
168. Soul Limbo - Booker T. & The MG's
169. Ode To Billie Joe - King Curtis
170. Let's Go - The Routers
171. Surfer's Stomp - The Marketts
172. Slow Walk - Sil Austin/Bill Doggett
173. Fire On High - ELO
174. Philly Dog - The Mar-Keys
175. Cause We've Ended As Lovers - Jeff Beck
176. Animal - Phil Keaggy
177. Cruise Missile - Steve Morse
178. Some Kind-A Earthquake - Duane Eddy
179. Heavy Juice - Tiny Bradshaw
180. Blue - Yngwie Malmsteen
181. Speed Metal Symphony - Cacophony
182. Boureé - Jethro Tull
183. K-Jee - The Nite-Liters
184. Kon Tiki - The Shadows
185. Ballero - War
186. The Jam - Paul Gilbert
187. Boot-Leg - Booker T. & The MG's
188. Open Sesame - Kool & The Gang
189. The 2,000 Pound Bee - The Ventures
190. Underwater - The Frogmen
191. Wring That Neck - Deep Purple
192. Righteous - Eric Johnson
193. Vaquero - The Fireballs
194. Ease Back - The Meters
195. The Wedge - Dick Dale
196. Toccata - Emerson Lake and Palmer
197. Paradigm Shift - Liquid Tension Experiment
198. Point Panic - The Surfaris
199. Quadrophenia - The Who
200. Cold Turkey - Johnny Otis
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201. Guitar Boogie Shuffle - The Virtues
202. Zoot Allures - Frank Zappa
203. Kemuri - DJ Krush
204. Liberty - Steve Vai
205. Spreadin' Honey - Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
206. Taurus - Dennis Coffey
207. Bustin' Surfboards - The Tornadoes
208. America - The Nice
209. The Hunch - Paul Gayton
210. Europa - Santana
211. Mr. Moto - The Belairs
212. The Swag - Link Wray
213. Diamond Head - The Ventures
214. Liberation - Chicago
215. Zeke The Freak - Isaac Hayes
216. Lost And Found - DJ Shadow
217. Freeway Jam - Jeff Beck
218. Wheels - The String-A-Longs
219. The Crush Of Love - Joe Satriani
220. Jellybread - Booker T. & The MG's
221. Hot Lanta - Allman Brothers Band
222. Underture (Tommy) - The Who
223. Don't Be Cruel - Bill Black Combo
224. Black Star - Yngwie Malmsteen
225. Every Beat Of My Heart - James Brown
226. The Lonely One - Duane Eddy
227. Nun Chuka Kata - Buckethead
228. Percolatin' - Willie Mitchell
229. Sun Goddess - Ramsey Lewis and Earth, Wind & Fire
230. The Wizard Turns On... - The Flaming Lips
231. Tic Toc - Lee Allen
232. The Victor - Dick Dale
233. Perpetual Burn - Jason Becker
234. Gator's Groove - Willis Jackson
235. Stoked - The Beach Boys
236. Chinese Checkers - Booker T. & The MG's
237. Six Days - DJ Shadow
238. I'm Alright - Neil Zaza
239. Albatross - Fleetwood Mac
240. Mrs. O'Leary's Cow - Brian Wilson
241. Cecilia Ann - Pixies
242. Zap - Eric Johnson
243. The Toussaint Shuffle - Toussaint McCall
244. My Sweet Ginny - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
245. Spunky - Johnny Jenkins
246. Was Dog A Doughnut - Cat Stevens
247. Stomp - Little Feat
248. Devil's Angels - Davie Allan & The Arrows
249. Rockhouse - Ray Charles
250. Epilogue For Lisa - Shawn Lane
GREATEST ROCK INSTRUMENTAL ALBUMS
GREATEST INSTRUMENTAL ROCK ARTISTS
  1. Ventures In Space - The Ventures
  2. Blow By Blow - Jeff Beck
  3. Melting Pot - Booker T. & The MG's
  4. Have 'Twangy' Guitar, Will Travel - Duane Eddy 
  5. Surfer's Choice - Dick Dale 
  6. Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield
  7. Surfing With The Alien - Joe Satriani
  8. Plays & Directs The Popcorn - James Brown
  9. Passion And Warfare - Steve Vai
10. Hot Rats - Frank Zappa
11. The Meters - The Meters
12. Green Onions - Booker T. & The MG's
13. Endtroducing - DJ Shadow
14. Live At Fillmore West - King Curtis
15. Love Is The Message - MFSB
16. Population Override - Buckethead
17. Ah Via Musicom - Eric Johnson
18. Link Wray & The Wray Men - Link Wray
19. On Stage! - The Ventures
20. Out Of Limits - The Marketts
21. Liquid Tension Experiment - Liquid Tension Experiment
22. Strictly Turntablized - DJ Krush
23. Rhapsody In White - Love Unlimited Orchestra
24. King Size Soul - King Curtis
25. What If - Dixie Dregs
26. Wired - Jeff Beck
27. The Shadows - The Shadows
28. Pop Symphony #1 - Jan & Dean
29. The Most Exciting Organ Ever - Billy Preston
30. The Velvet Touch Of - Los Straitjackets
  1. Booker T. & The MG's
  2. The Ventures
  3. Duane Eddy
  4. King Curtis
  5. The Meters
  6. Link Wray
  7. Dick Dale
  8. Jeff Beck
  9. Bill Doggett
10. Big Jay McNeely
11. The Shadows
12. Joe Satriani
13. Yngwie Malmsteen
14. Willie Mitchell
15. Eric Johnson
16. Davie Allan & The Arrows
17. Bill Black's Combo
18. Ramsey Lewis Trio
19. The Mar-Keys
20. Steve Vai
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