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Every Rock Top 20 Instrumental Song

From the longest running weekly rock charts, here's every rock instrumental top 20 song since 1980. Not many rock artists made the top 20. Essentially, there were three big rock instrumentalists, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, and Gary Hoey.


Dec 1959
through
Jun 1962
Sep 1962
through
Oct 1966
Oct 1966
through
Jun 1973
Nov 1973
through
present
Hit Rock
Instrumentals

Tune Timeline of Rock Instrumentals


red # = rock chartblue # = pop chart

  1 Run Like Hell 8     May 1980  
  Pink Floyd  
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  2 Sirius 19     Sep 1982  
  The Alan Parsons Project  
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  3 Satch Boogie 7     Mar 1988  
  Joe Satriani  
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  4 Surfing With The Alien 19     May 1988  
  Joe Satriani  
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  5 The Crush Of Love 4     Dec 1988  
  Joe Satriani  
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  6 Big Bad Moon 11     Nov 1989  
  Joe Satriani  
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  7 Cliffs Of Dover 11     Jan 1991  
  Eric Johnson  
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  8 Righteous 15     Feb 1991  
  Eric Johnson  
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  9 Trademark 10     May 1991  
  Eric Johnson  
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  10 Little Wing 11     May 1992  
  Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble  
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  11 Summer Song 5     Aug 1992  
  Joe Satriani  
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  12 Friends 14     Dec 1992  
  Joe Satriani  
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  13 Cryin' 12     Apr 1993  
  Joe Satriani  
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  14 Hocus Pocus 4     Oct 1993  
  Gary Hoey  
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  15 All Alone 20     Nov 1993  
  Joe Satriani  
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  16 Low Rider 9     Aug 1994  
  Gary Hoey  
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  17 Theme From Mission: Impossible 7 5   Jun 1996  
  Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen  
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  18 Porcelain 11     Sep 2000  
  Moby  
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Top 100 Instrumental Songs

Overall top 100 best instrumental songs since 1960 in popularity order

Top Rock Instrumentals Since 1980

1The Crush Of Love
 Joe Satriani
2Summer Song
 Joe Satriani
3Hocus Pocus
 Gary Hoey
4Porcelain
 Moby
5Low Rider
 Gary Hoey
6Cryin'
 Joe Satriani
7Run Like Hell
 Pink Floyd
8Little Wing
 Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble
9Theme From Mission: Impossible
 Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen
10Friends
 Joe Satriani
11Cliffs Of Dover
 Eric Johnson
12Satch Boogie
 Joe Satriani
13All Alone
 Joe Satriani
14Trademark
 Eric Johnson
15Big Bad Moon
 Joe Satriani

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