Top Ten Unforgettable Instrumental Songs Of All Time

Any band can record a catchy tune with lyrics and an unforgettable hook, but it’s a true testament for a band to create a memorable song that’s just completely instrumental.

There are an infinite amount of instrumentals recorded over the years, it’s hard to choose just ten, but we’ve picked some of our favorite instrumentals that are so unforgettable, you’ll be humming these melodies all day long!

1. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Booker T & The MGs[/lastfm] – “Green Onions” (1962): According to guitarist Steve Cooper, it was Green Badger’s cat named Green Onions, whose way of walking inspired that unforgettable organ riff.

  • Bobby L. in Austin

    How about “Sleepwalk” by Santo & Johnny and “A Summer Place” by Percy Faith.

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  • Bernie

    What about Barry White’s Love’s Theme? It’s awesome as well.

  • phil wilms

    jimmy dorsey’s instramental (so rare 1959???) and elvis rock song of the 20th century would have to be hound dog 1956
    hope you guys get this lisa your just to cool
    please play so rare at 730 am tommarow thanks
    phil w.
    fontana,ca 92335

  • dansolo

    oye como va doesn’t even come close to being an instrumental.

  • Warren Mells

    Y’all forgot The Lonely Bull and Telstar…remember them?

  • KG

    A few omissions…
    Henry Mancini – Pink Panther
    Booker T & MGs – Time is Tight
    (?) – Theme from Peter Gun

  • Warren Mells

    Don’t forget Mr. Lucky!

  • DR David N Penton

    I agree with # 1- 4 after that I dont know. Dr. David N Penton Thursday 08-04-2011 USA Central Time Zone 9: 25 AM

  • Lloyid

    What about Love is Blue? There was also a piano song with jungle sounds. I’ve hunted for it for since Napster was legal but could never find it.

  • Susan/Los Alamitos

    Samba Pa Ti Santana Excellent!!

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