Rolling Stone's 25 Best Rock Instrumentals

Well, finally. Rolling Stone has released this week's list and it is one with some merit. While records with vocals have always been the staple of radio (especially since the 80's), the instrumental remains a well regarded and unique sub-genre of the rock landscape. Artists like Duane Eddy, the Ventures, Dick Dale, Carlos Santana and Johnny and the Hurricanes still rank high among true rock aficionados, while artists like Booker T. & the MGs, Bill Doggett and the bands of Ray Charles and James Brown are highly regarded from R&B.

That doesn't mean the Rolling Stone list is in any way perfect. I'd include Soul Finger by the Bar Kays, Honky Tonk by Bill Doggett, Rumble by Link Wray, Memphis by Lonnie Mack and Raunchy by Bill Justice before, what seems to be, obligatory entries from the Beatles, the Beach Boys and a few modern acts.

The list:

1. Green Onions - Booker T. and the MGs
2. Miserlou - Dick Dale
3. Eruption - Van Halen
4. One of These Days - Pink Floyd
5. The Star Spangled Banner - Jimi Hendrix
6. Jessica - Allman Brothers
7. Frankenstein - Johnny Winter Group
8. Moby Dick - Led Zeppelin
9. Sparks - Who
10. Little Wing - Stevie Ray Vaughan
11. YYZ - Rush
12. Walk, Don't Run - Ventures
13. Peaches en Regalia - Frank Zappa
14. Maggot Brain - Funkadelic
15. Pet Sounds - Beach Boys
16. Flying - Beatles
17. Soul Sacrafice - Santana
18. Toad - Cream
19. Fuckin' in the Bushes - Oasis
20. Sleepwalk - Santo & Johnny
21. Speed of Life - David Bowie
22. Oscillate Wildly - Smiths
23. Rebel Rouser - Duane Eddy
24. Treefingers - Radiohead
25. Just Like You Imagined - Nine Inch Nails

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