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.

Notable instrumentals:

Film themes
  • This tends to be the case with most film soundtracks which aren't musicals.
  • Halloween: The nervous instrumental theme song was composed by John Carpenter himself.
  • Indiana Jones: The adventurous theme music just screams epic!.
  • James Bond: 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.
  • 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.
  • Rocky
  • The Pink Panther: Composed by Henry Mancini, also used for the stand alone cartoons.
  • Star Wars: Entirely scored with any songs.

Live Action Themes

Music Albums

Music Singles

Western Animation Series
  • Tintin: The orchestral theme music complimented the adventure of the albums.
  • Beavis And Butthead: Each episode started off with some heavy metal guitars playing a riff, with only their grinning laughter added as sound effects.
  • Duckman: Also an instrumental theme track.
  • Futurama: The instrumental theme music is based on Pierre Henry's Psyché Rock.
  • King of the Hill: The opening theme song performed by The Refreshments is instrumental, although a "yahoo!" is added for season finales.
  • Ren and Stimpy: Had a rollicking rock 'n 'roll instrumental theme and ending track.
  • The Simpsons: The theme song composed by Danny Elfman is entirely instrumental music, recorded by a huge orchestra.

Alternative Title(s): Instrumental