An instrumental is a musical composition or recording without lyrics or any other sort of vocal music; all of the music is produced by musical instruments. This term is used when referring to popular music rather than to other musical genres such as European classical music. In commercial music, instrumental tracks are sometimes renditions of a corresponding release that features vocals, but may also be compositions originally conceived without vocals. An instrumental version of a song which otherwise features vocals is also known as a −1 (pronounced minus one).

Most opening themes for TV shows and films tend to be instrumentals.
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!!Notable instrumentals:
* Most of the music on Music/OverClockedRemix is entirely instrumental. This is a mix of the fact that people who frequent the site prefer it and that singing talent is in short supply compared to what's put into the rest of the remix.
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/cca8ba2/Popcorn-(1972)-gershon-kingsley--hot-butter Popcorn]]" - Gershon Kingsley (1972) - Perhaps the most covered instrumental ever with about 72 different versions.
** "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/97e61e7/Popcorn-(radio-version)-h-&-m-band Popcorn]]" by M&H Band.
** And of course [[http://www.goear.com/listen/29fad0e/popcorn-hot-butter Hot Butter's hit version]].
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/c7f59e9/Music-Box-Dancer-frank-mills Music Box Dancer]]" - FrankMills (1974, rereleased in 1978) - To many, this is the tune that plays when the ice cream truck passes by their homes.
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/39f85c9/The-Hustle-van-mccoy The Hustle]]" - Van [=McCoy=] (1975)
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/9077e0a/A-Fifth-Of-Beethoven-walter-murphy A Fifth of Beethoven]]"- Walter Murphy (1976)
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/7e423f3/Star-Wars-meco Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band]]"- Meco (1977)
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/d768e56/Chariots-Of-Fire---Main-Theme-vangelis Chariots of Fire]]" - Vangelis (1981)
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/e6428c2/YYZ-rush YYZ]]" - {{Rush}} (1981)
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/69e30a3/miami-vice-theme-jan-hammer Miami Vice Theme]]" - Jan Hammer (1985)
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/5f9e76b/Bad-Horsie-steve-vai Bad Horsie]]" by - SteveVai
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/5ec5d99/Surfing-With-The-Alien-joe-satriani Surfing with the Alien]]" and so many others that there are too many to list - Music/JoeSatriani
* " [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sI7XiJgt0vY Eruption]]" - VanHalen (the band's first albums have plenty of these, such as "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDsa4uDM3zU Spanish Fly]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2WRGVJLZu0 Cathedral]]", [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJuv7cI8od4 Intruder]]", and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTs4cmiH2yg 1984]]"; in later days, there's also "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-wwuRJax1o 316]]")
* Music/{{Metallica}} have one of each of the first four albums ("Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)", "The Call Of Ktulu", "Orion" and "To Live is to Die" - though the first opens with StudioChatter, and the last, has a short spoken part), and ''Death Magnetic'' revived the tradition with "Suicide & Redemption".
* "(Christmas Eve) Sarajevo 12/24" - Music/{{Trans-Siberian Orchestra}}
* Music/{{Queen}}'s "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gbnw-xEN_FQ Procession]]"
* "Jessica" -Music/TheAllmanBrothersBand
** Covered by Music/TheyMightBeGiants
* "Cause We've Ended as Lovers" - Jeff Beck (from the instrumental album ''Blow by Blow'')
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/d8df9a0/Peter-Gunn-henry-mancini The Peter Gunn Theme]]" - Music/HenryMancini
** Ditto for any covers of the tune, like those made for ''SpyHunter'' games.
* ''[[http://www.goear.com/listen/3db6b71/The-Pink-Panther-Theme-henry-mancini The Pink Panther Theme]]'' - Henry Mancini
* "Foreplay" - Music/{{Boston}}
* Pretty much the output of The Art of Noise and Music/HerbieHancock.
* "D.N.A." by Music/AFlockOfSeagulls.
* {{The Microphones}} had several instrumentals entitled "Instrumental".
* "Jordan" by Music/{{Buckethead}}
* PinkFloyd has [[TheDarkSideOfTheMoon "On the Run", "Any Colour You Like"]], "Marooned", "Careful with that Axe Eugene", "Atom Heart Mother", and several others.
* "Bron-Yr-Aur" by Music/LedZeppelin
* "Last Ride In" and "Espionage" by Music/GreenDay
* Music/DreamTheater has plenty. ''The Dance of Eternity'' is one of them.
* Irish band And So I Watch You From Afar and Japanese band té are outstanding bands both doing nothing but instrumentals.
* Post-rock bands Music/ExplosionsInTheSky and Music/{{Pelican}} are entirely instrumental. Music/{{Mogwai}} only have a handful of songs with singing.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzKw1_IR2Og Something for the Ages]]"- Hammerfall
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/912bf42/misirlou-dick-dale-&-his-del-tones Misirlou]]": Music/DickDale's BadAss SurfRock version from ''Film/PulpFiction''.
** Not to mention the other equally BadAss SurfRock instrumentals on the ''Film/PulpFiction'' soundtrack: "Surf Rider" by the Lively Ones, "Bustin' Surfboards" by the Tornados, and "Bullwinkle Part II" by The Centurions.
* "Peaches En Regalia", "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace", "Nine Types of Industrial Pollution", "Son of Mr. Green Genes," "Duodenum", "King Kong", "Apostrophe" and many, many others by Music/FrankZappa
* Even older and a masterpiece by Music/JoeMeek: "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/b701d69/telstar-%281962%29-the-tornados Telstar]]" by the Tornados.
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/2d69a76/after-the-fire-1980-f 1980-F]]" by After the Fire, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff at least in Germany]].
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/bb55c8a/oxygene-jean-michel-jarre Oxygène 4]]", "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/6d4e533/equinoxe-4-jean-michel-jarre Equinoxe 4]]" [[http://www.goear.com/listen/5012e58/equinoxe-v-jean-michel-jarre and 5]], and "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/e74abff/magnetic-fields-ii-jean-michel-jarre Magnetic Fields 2]]" by JeanMichelJarre.
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/a8a55c9/magic-fly-space Magic Fly]]" by Space (no, not ''[[Music/{{Space}} that]]'' Space).
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/4fbc485/samba-pa-ti-santana Samba Pa Ti]]" by Music/{{Santana}}.
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/bdf9391/fanfare-for-the-common-man-aaron-copland Fanfare for the Common Man]]" by Aaron Copland. [[http://www.goear.com/listen/bf0a660/fanfare-for-the-common-man-emerson-lake-and-palmer And by Emerson, Lake & Palmer]].
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqwmK_H0JcI Cinema]]" by Music/{{Yes}}.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bZAErXVSQ4 Behind My Camel]]" by Music/ThePolice.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYfmqvPigTk Un Fantasma Tra Noi (A Ghost Between Us)]]" by Music/LacunaCoil
* {{Music/Savatage}} has been fond of instrumental tracks since "Hall of the Mountain King". ''Music/DeadWinterDead'' features "Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)" which was arguably their most popular song and the smash hit of their spin-off project the Music/{{Trans-Siberian Orchestra}}.
* Chimaira's 13-minute [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH513ZwjpZU Implements of Destruction]] mixes this with EpicRocking.
* EmilieAutumn has a double album called ''Laced/Unlaced'', which has both electric violin instrumentals and classical covers and one or two songs she wrote herself on Violin.
* Music/{{Nightwish}} has [[OnceAnEpisode at least one instrumental per album]].
* {{Apocalyptica}} does almost entirely instrumentals. It helps that they don't actually have a vocalist in their lineup and all of their songs with lyrics are sung by guest vocalists.
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/206b888/canciones-simpsons-classical-gas-mason-williams Classical Gas]]" by Mason Williams.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-44z8NVR050 From Skin to Liquid]]" by CannibalCorpse.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FfCxLvV2nc Theme for Great Cities]]" by SimpleMinds. And that's only their really popular instrumental!
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkaitzS4ZDE Patricia's Park]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7GWbkmvLO8 Colours]]" by Alphaville.
* All of Music/{{Celldweller}}'s ''Soundtrack for the Voices in my Head'' and BlueStahli's ''Antisleep'' albums.
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