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Top 100 Instrumental Songs Since 1960

The top 100 most popular instrumentals since 1960 based on the weekly pop chart archive, linked to all the weekly charts. The number one instrumental is also the overall top song of the entire decade of the sixties.


List of songs in popularity order


red # = rock chartblue # = pop chart

  1 The Theme From A Summer Place 1   Feb 1960  
  Percy Faith And His Orchestra  
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  2 Wonderland By Night 1   Dec 1960  
  Bert Kaempfert And His Orchestra  
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  3 Exodus 2   Jan 1961  
  Ferrante & Teicher  
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  4 Love's Theme 1   Jan 1974  
  Love Unlimited Orchestra  
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  5 Chariots Of Fire - Titles 1   Apr 1982  
  Vangelis  
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  6 A Taste Of Honey 1   Nov 1965  
  Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass  
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  7 Love Is Blue (L'amour Est Bleu) 1   Feb 1968  
  Paul Mauriat And His Orchestra  
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  8 The Hustle 1   Jul 1975  
  Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony  
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  9 The Good, The Bad And The Ugly 1   Jun 1968  
  Hugo Montenegro  
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  10 A Fifth Of Beethoven 1   Sep 1976  
  Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band  
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  11 Last Date 2   Dec 1960  
  Floyd Cramer  
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  12 Calcutta 1   Jan 1961  
  Lawrence Welk  
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  13 TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) 2   Apr 1974  
  MFSB Featuring The Three Degrees  
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  14 Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet 1   Jun 1969  
  Henry Mancini, His Orchestra And Chorus  
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  15 The Stripper 1   Jun 1962  
  David Rose And His Orchestra  
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  16 Rise 1   Sep 1979  
  Herb Alpert  
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  17 Grazing In The Grass 1   Jul 1968  
  Hugh Masekela  
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  18 Telstar 1   Dec 1962  
  The Tornadoes  
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  19 Green Onions 2   Sep 1962  
  Booker T. & The MG's  
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  20 Wipe Out 2   Aug 1963  
  The Surfaris  
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  21 Walk--Don't Run 2   Sep 1960  
  The Ventures  
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  22 Stranger On The Shore 3   May 1962  
  Mr. Acker Bilk  
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  23 The In Crowd 2   Oct 1965  
  Ramsey Lewis Trio  
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  24 Theme From S.W.A.T. 1   Feb 1976  
  Rhythm Heritage  
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  25 Frankenstein 1   May 1973  
  Edgar Winter Group  
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  26 Midnight In Moscow 2   Mar 1962  
  Kenny Ball And His Jazzmen  
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  27 Miami Vice Theme 1   Oct 1985  
  Jan Hammer  
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  28 Washington Square 3   Nov 1963  
  The Village Stompers  
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  29 Scorpio 4   Dec 1971  
  Dennis Coffey And The Detroit Guitar Band  
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  30 The Entertainer 2   May 1974  
  Marvin Hamlisch  
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  31 Dueling Banjos 2   Mar 1973  
  Eric Weissberg  
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  32 Apache 2   Apr 1961  
  Jorgen Ingmann & His Guitar  
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  33 Feels So Good 3   May 1978  
  Chuck Mangione  
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  34 Hey, Leroy, Your Mama's Callin' You 5   Feb 1967  
  Jimmy Castor  
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  35 The Horse 4   Jul 1968  
  Cliff Nobles & Co.  
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  36 Outa Space 3   May 1972  
  Billy Preston  
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  37 Pick Up The Pieces 1   Feb 1975  
  AWB  
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  38 Soulful Strut 4   Jan 1969  
  Young-Holt Unlimited  
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  39 Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky) 2   Jun 1977  
  Bill Conti  
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  40 Java 4   Feb 1964  
  Al Hirt  
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  41 Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001) 4   Mar 1973  
  Deodato  
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  42 Last Night 5   Aug 1961  
  The Mar-Keys  
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  43 Axel F 2   Jun 1985  
  Harold Faltermeyer  
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  44 Music Box Dancer 3   Apr 1979  
  Frank Mills  
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  45 Classical Gas 4   Aug 1968  
  Mason Williams  
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  46 Time Is Tight 3   May 1969  
  Booker T. & The MG's  
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  47 Because They're Young 3   Jul 1960  
  Duane Eddy  
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  48 Cast Your Fate To The Wind 4   Feb 1963  
  Vince Guaraldi Trio  
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  49 Express 4   Apr 1975  
  B.T. Express  
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  50 Space Race 8   Nov 1973  
  Billy Preston  
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  51 Soul Finger 5   Jul 1967  
  The Bar-Kays  
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  52 No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In) 5   Jan 1966  
  The T-Bones  
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  53 Desafinado 6   Nov 1962  
  Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd  
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  54 Theme From Mission: Impossible 7 5   Jun 1996  
  Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen  
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  55 Wheels 7   Mar 1961  
  The String-A-Longs  
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  56 Memphis 5   Jul 1963  
  Lonnie Mack  
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  57 Soul Makossa 7   Jul 1973  
  Manu Dibango  
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  58 One Mint Julep 6   Apr 1961  
  Ray Charles  
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  59 Rock And Roll Part 2 8   Sep 1972  
  Gary Glitter  
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  60 Soul Twist 8   May 1962  
  King Curtis And The Noble Knights  
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  61 Theme From The Apartment 9   Sep 1960  
  Ferrante & Teicher  
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  62 Songbird 3   Jul 1987  
  Kenny G  
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  63 Watermelon Man 6   Apr 1963  
  Mongo Santamaria Band  
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  64 Afrikaan Beat 7   Mar 1962  
  Bert Kaempfert And His Orchestra  
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  65 Out Of Limits 9   Feb 1964  
  The Marketts  
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  66 Star Wars Theme Cantina Band 4   Oct 1977  
  Meco  
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  67 Yellow Bird 10   Jul 1961  
  Arthur Lyman Group  
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  68 Don't Be Cruel 11   Nov 1960  
  Bill Black's Combo  
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  69 Let There Be Drums 9   Dec 1961  
  Sandy Nelson  
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  70 Jungle Fever 11   Mar 1972  
  Chakachas  
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  71 Fly Me To The Moon-Bossa Nova 6   Feb 1963  
  Joe Harnell And His Orchestra  
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  72 Josephine 11   Jul 1960  
  Bill Black's Combo  
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  73 Joy 10   Feb 1972  
  Apollo 100  
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  74 Midnight Cowboy 8   Dec 1969  
  Ferrante & Teicher  
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  75 Hocus Pocus 9   Jun 1973  
  Focus  
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  76 Taurus 10   Apr 1972  
  Dennis Coffey And The Detroit Guitar Band  
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  77 Mercy, Mercy, Mercy 9   Feb 1967  
  Cannonball Adderley  
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  78 Southampton 11   Mar 1998  
  James Horner  
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  79 Wild Weekend 8   Mar 1963  
  The Rebels  
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  80 Axel F (The Frog Song) 21   Aug 2005  
  Crazy Frog  
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  81 Walk-Don't Run '64 9   Aug 1964  
  The Ventures  
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  82 White Silver Sands 13   Apr 1960  
  Bill Black's Combo  
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  83 Asia Minor 10   Apr 1961  
  Kokomo  
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  84 Quentin's Theme 9   Jul 1969  
  The Charles Randolph Grean Sounde  
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  85 Never On Sunday 15   Oct 1960  
  Don Costa  
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  86 I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman 10   Jun 1967  
  Whistling Jack Smith  
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  87 Our Winter Love 9   Mar 1963  
  Bill Pursell  
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  88 Maria Elena 10   Nov 1963  
  Los Indios Tabajaras  
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  89 Tracy's Theme 12   Feb 1960  
  Spencer Ross  
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  90 Hooked On Classics 7   Jan 1982  
  The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  
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  91 On The Rebound 11   Apr 1961  
  Floyd Cramer  
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  92 Pipeline 10   Apr 1963  
  Chantay's  
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  93 Percolator (Twist) 11   Mar 1962  
  Billy Joe & The Checkmates  
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  94 More (Theme From Mondo Cane) 10   Aug 1963  
  Kai Winding & Orchestra  
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  95 Mexico 13   Oct 1961  
  Bob Moore And His Orchestra  
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  96 Alley Cat 15   Sep 1962  
  Bent Fabric And His Piano  
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  97 Mission--Impossible 11   Mar 1968  
  Lalo Schifrin  
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  98 Auld Lang Syne (The Millennium Mix) 10   Dec 1999  
  Kenny G  
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  99 San Antonio Rose 14   Jul 1961  
  Floyd Cramer  
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  100 The Lonely Bull (El Solo Torro) 14   Dec 1962  
  The Tijuana Brass Featuring Herb Alpert  
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