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:

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[[folder: Film themes ]]

* This tends to be the case with most film soundtracks which aren't musicals.
* ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'': The nervous instrumental theme song was composed by Creator/JohnCarpenter himself.
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones'': The adventurous theme music just screams ''epic!''.
* ''Franchise/JamesBond'': Horns, guitar and drums make up the iconic theme track. Though it's also been a tradition to let a famous pop singer create a song to start every new installment.
* ''Film/{{Jaws}}'': The music caused the film's box office success, according to Spielberg. It dwells heavily on the power of suggestion. Take it away and you basically see a lot of shots of the ocean, with nothing there.
* ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}''
* ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'': Composed by Henry Mancini, also used for the stand alone cartoons.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Entirely scored with any songs.

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[[folder: Live Action Themes ]]

* ''Series/TheATeam'': After the opening narration everything is instrumental music.
* ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'': The theme is plucked on a banjo.
* ''Series/{{Dallas}}'': An instrumental theme track.
* ''Series/FawltyTowers'': The theme was played on violins.
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/69e30a3/miami-vice-theme-jan-hammer ''Series/MiamiVice'' Theme]]" - Jan Hammer (1985)
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'': Lalo Schrifin composed this iconic instrumental theme.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': The Creator/JohnPhilipSousa composition ''Liberty Bell'' was used as theme music, with only BlowingARaspberry added when the iconic feet came crushing down.
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/d8df9a0/Peter-Gunn-henry-mancini ''Series/PeterGunn'']]" - Music/HenryMancini
* ''Series/TalesOfTheUnexpected'': Also instrumental.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'': Not counting the OpeningNarration by Creator/RodSerling the theme was entirely instrumental.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'':
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': The haunting theme music was instrumental.

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[[folder: Music Albums ]]

* Music/MilesDavis: Most of his albums were jazz instrumentals, including ''Music/KindOfBlue'', ''Music/SketchesOfSpain'' and ''Music/BitchesBrew''.
* Music/HerbieHancock: ''Music/HeadHunters'' is entirely instrumental, ''Music/FutureShock'' too, save for two sung tracks.
* Music/FrankZappa: Also released a few albums with predominantly instrumental compositions, including ''Music/HotRats'', ''The Perfect Stranger'', ''The London Symphony Orchestra'' and ''The Yellow Shark''.

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[[folder: Music Singles ]]

* 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/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/TransSiberianOrchestra
* 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'')
** Ditto for any covers of the tune, like those made for ''SpyHunter'' games.
* "Foreplay" - Music/{{Boston}}
* Pretty much the output of The Art of Noise
* "D.N.A." by Music/AFlockOfSeagulls.
* {{The Microphones}} had several instrumentals entitled "Instrumental".
* "Jordan" by Music/{{Buckethead}}
* Music/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.
* 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/TransSiberianOrchestra.
* 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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[[folder: Western Animation Series ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Tintin}}'': The orchestral theme music complimented the adventure of the albums.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'': Each episode started off with some heavy metal guitars playing a riff, with only their grinning laughter added as sound effects.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'': Also an instrumental theme track.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': The instrumental theme music is based on Pierre Henry's ''Psyché Rock''.
* ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'': Had a rollicking rock 'n 'roll instrumental theme and ending track.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': The theme song composed by Creator/DannyElfman is entirely instrumental music, recorded by a huge orchestra.

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