Instrumental Songs

Popular Instrumental Songs

Here are some favorite popular instrumentals.


Albatross (guitar instrumental) - 1968 - Fleetwood Mac  

Alfie (instrumental with heavy harmonica) – 1968 – Eivets Rednow (Stevie Wonder)  

Also Sprach Zarathustra (Instrumental) - 1973 - Deodato  

Anna (fast-paced instrumental) - 1961 - Jorgen Ingmann & His Guitar  

Apache (medium to fast-paced Instrumental) - 1961 - Jorgen Ingmann & His Guitar 

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"Apartment, The" (Theme) (piano instrumental) - 1960 - Ferrante and Teicher  

Ape No Mountain High Enough (instrumental with animal sounds) – 1988/1989 – Bernie Krause  

Around The World (slow instrumental) - 1957 - Victor Young  

A-Team, The (military-style theme from the tv show) – 1984 - Daniel Caine Orchestra  

Autumn Leaves (piano and orchestra Instrumental) - 1955 - Roger Williams  

Axel F (Instrumental theme from Beverly Hills Cop) - 1985 - Harold Faltermeyer  

Baby Elephant Walk (playful instrumental) - 1961 – Henry Mancini  

Baby Elephant Walk (playful instrumental) (cover version) - 1962 - Lawrence Welk 

Blue Tango (upbeat instrumental) - 1951 - Leroy Anderson  

Born Free (mostly Instrumental with some background singers singing "born free, as free as the wind blows, as free as the grass grows, born free to follow your heart") - 1966 - Roger Williams  

Born Free (Instrumental version of the classic song) - 1969 - Hank Marvin  


Calcutta (Instrumental with people humming and singing "la la..." in the background) - 1961 - Lawrence Welk  

Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White (upbeat instrumental heavy on trumpet) - 1955 - Eddie Calvert  

Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White (upbeat instrumental) - 1955 - Perez Prado 

Classical Gas (popular fast-paced instrumental heavy on acoustic guitar) - 1968 - Mason Williams  

Cut The Cake (mostly disco Instrumental with some singing "gimme gimme gimme gimme...") - 1975 - Average White Band  

(The) Deer Hunter Theme (Cavatina) (slow instrumental – from the movie The Deer Hunter) - 1979 – Shadows  

Doina de Jale (instrumental with a pan flute) – 1976 – Gheorghe Zamfir  

Dragnet (instrumental) (from the tv show Dragnet) – 1953 – Ray Anthony

Dueling Banjos (bluegrass-style instrumental) - 1973 - Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell  


Entertainer, The (piano Instrumental from movie, The Sting) - 1974 - Marvin Hamlisch  

Exodus (piano instrumental) - 1961 - Ferrante and Teicher  

Express (Disco Instrumental) - 1975 - B.T. Express  

Fifth Of Beethoven, A (Disco Instrumental) (From "Saturday Night Fever") - 1976 - Walter Murphy & the Big Apple Band  

Fire On High (fast-paced instrumental) - 1978 - Electric Light Orchestra  

Fish Wrap (instrumental with animal sounds) – 1988/1989 – Bernie Krause  

Fly Me To The Moon-Bossa Nova (Instrumental with Bossa Nova sound) - 1963 - Joe Harnell  

Forty Miles Of Bad Road (upbeat instrumental) - 1959 - Duane Eddy  

4ware (instrumental) (soft dance beat with synthesizers) – 2016 – deadmau5

Frankenstein (Instrumental with some heavy and futuristic sounds) - 1973 - Edgar Winter Group  


Get Carter Theme (Carter Takes A Train) (from the movie Get Carter) (instrumental) - 1971 - Roy Budd  

Gold Bug, The (instrumental) – 1980 - Alan Parsons Project  

Got To Hurry (instrumental) – 1965 – The Yardbirds

Green Onions (popular 1960s instrumental with heavy organ) - 1962 - Booker T. & MG's  

Happy Whistler, The (Instrumental with whistling) - 1956 - Don Robertson  

Hawaii Five-O (fast-paced instrumental) (from the tv show Hawaii Five-O) - 1969 - The Ventures  

"Hill Street Blues" (slow-paced instrumental theme from the tv show Hill Street Blues) - 1981 - Mike Post featuring Larry Carlton  

Hocus Pocus (Rock instrumental with some yodeling) - 1973 – Focus  

Hooked On Classics (Instrumentals - fun versions of classical songs) - 1982 - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  &  

Horse, The (popular funky instrumental) - 1968 - Cliff Nobles & Co.  


Il Silenzio (Instrumental heavy on the trumpet) - 1965 - Nini Rosso  

In The Mood (fun, upbeat swing instrumental) - 1939/1940 - Glenn Miller  

In The Mood (fun, upbeat instrumental) - 1959 - Ernie Fields  

James Bond Theme (modern techno version)- 1997 - Moby  

Java (upbeat Instrumental - heavy on trumpet) - 1964 - Al Hirt  

Jaws score (well-known instrumental) – 1975 - John Williams and orchestra  

Jaws (Instrumental disco version) - 1976 - Lalo Schifrin 

Jeff’s Boogie (instrumental) – 1966 – The Yardbirds

Jessica (upbeat rock/blues/jazzy instrumental) - 1973 - The Allman Brothers Band  

Joy (upbeat instrumental) - 1972 - Apollo 100 featuring Tom Parker  

Jungle Fever (mostly instrumental with a latin beat and a woman talking softly) - 1972 - Chakachas  


Last Night (classic upbeat instrumental) - 1961 - The Mar-Keys  

Let There Be Drums (fast instrumental heavy on drums) - 1961 - Sandy Nelson  

Lily Was Here (Instrumental heavy on saxophone) - 1990 - Candy Dulfer and David A. Stewart  

Lisbon Antigua (upbeat instrumental) - 1956 - Nelson Riddle  

Lonely Bull, The (El Solo Toro) (instrumental with Tijuana sound) - 1962 - The Tijuana Brass with Herb Alpert 

Lost In Space (from the 1998 movie Lost In Space) (mostly instrumental, fast-paced with a techno sound) - 1998 - Apollo 440  

Love Is Blue (medium-paced breezy instrumental) - 1968 - Paul Mauriat  

"Love Story" (Theme from Love Story) (popular slow instrumental) - 1971 - Henry Mancini  

Love's Theme (popular disco instrumental) - 1974 - Love Unlimited Orchestra  

Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet (slow instrumental heavy on piano) - 1969 - Henry Mancini and His Orchestra  


Machine Gun (instrumental) (upbeat disco song) - 1974 - Commodores

"Man With The Golden Arm, The" Main Title (upbeat instrumental) - 1956 - Elmer Bernstein  

"Man With The Golden Arm, The" Main Title Theme (upbeat instrumental) - 1956 - Billy May  

"Man With The Golden Arm, The" Main Title Theme (upbeat instrumental) - 1962 - Jet Harris  

"Man With The Golden Arm, The" Themes (upbeat instrumental) - 1956 - Richard Maltby  

Manhattan Spiritual (upbeat instrumental) - 1959 - Reg  

Maria Elena (breezy Hawaiian-sounding instrumental) - 1963 - Los Indios Tabajaras  

Melody Of Love (upbeat instrumental) - 1955 - Billy Vaughn  

Memphis (fast-paced instrumental) - 1963 - Lonnie Mack  

Miami Vice Theme (synthesizer-heavy instrumental) - 1985 - Jan Hammer 

Midnight Cowboy (leisurely-paced instrumental) - 1970 - Ferrante and Teicher  

Midnight In Moscow (upbeat instrumental heavy on horns)- 1962 - Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen  

Misirlou (surf instrumental) - 1962 - Dick Dale And His Del-Tones  

Mission Impossible Theme (fast-paced instrumental) – 1966 - Lalo Schifrin  

Mission Impossible Theme (fast-paced instrumental) - 1996 - Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen 

Moby Dick (rock Instrumental) - 1969 - Led Zeppelin  

Moonglow and Theme From "Picnic" (casual instrumental) - 1956 - Morris Stoloff  

Moonglow and Theme From "Picnic" (casual instrumental) - 1956 - George Cates  

Moonlight Serenade (slow-paced instrumental) - 1954 - Glenn Miller  

Moonlight Serenade/Little Brown Jug/In The Mood (Instrumental) - 1976 - Glenn Miller

Moritat (A Theme From "The Three Penny Opera") (Instrumental) - 1956 - The Dick Hyman Trio  

Mozart Symphony No. 40 In G Minor (Instrumental) - 1971 - Waldo De Los Rios

Music Box Dancer (happy-sounding instrumental heavy on piano) - 1979 - Frank Mills  


Nadia's Theme (Bless the Beasts and the Children; The Young And The Restless) (Instrumental) - 1971/1976 - Barry DeVornon and Perry Botkin, Jr.

Near You (upbeat instrumental heavy on piano) - 1958 - Roger Williams  

On The Rebound (fast-paced instrumental) - 1961 - Floyd Cramer  

One Mint Julep (jazzy mid-tempo instrumental with a lot of horns and organ) - 1961 - Ray Charles

Only You (slow-paced instrumental) - 1959 - Franck Pourcel's French Fiddles  

Our Winter Love (slow-paced instrumental) - 1963 - Bill Pursell  

Outa-Space (fast-paced instrumental heavy on bass) - 1972 - Billy Preston  

Overture From Tommy (A Rock Opera) (fast-paced instrumental) - 1970 - The Assembled Multitude  


Patricia (upbeat, fun instrumental) - 1958 - Perez Prado  

Peter Gunn (popular Instrumental) - 1959 - Ray Anthony  

Peter Gunn (popular Instrumental) - 1986 - Art Of Noise (featuring Duane Eddy)  

Peter Gunn Theme (popular Instrumental) - 1959 - Duane Eddy  

Petite Fleur (medium-paced Instrumental) - 1959 - Chris Barber's Jazz Band  

Pick Up The Pieces (mostly instrumental, "pick up the pieces" is sung/said a few times) - 1975 - Average White Band  

'Picnic' Theme and Moonglow (slow to medium-pacedInstrumental) - 1956 - Morris Stoloff  

Pink Panther Theme (jazzy instrumental from the 1963 movie The Pink Panther) – 1963 – Henry Mancini  >

Pipeline (surfing instrumental) - 1963 - The Chantays  

Poor People Of Paris (upbeat instrumental with whistling) - 1956 - Les Baxter  

Poor People Of Paris (very fast-paced instrumental heavy on piano) - 1956 - Winifred Atwell  

Popcorn (fun Instrumental) - 1972 - Hot Butter  

Quadrophonia (Instrumental – Techno) - 1991 – Quadrophonia

Quentin's Theme (slow-paced instrumental from the TV series 'Dark Shadows') - 1969 - Charles Randolph Grean Sounde  

Quiet Village (bossa-nova style instrumental with jungle sounds in the background) - 1959 - Martin Denny 


Raunchy (upbeat instrumental) - 1957 - Ernie Freeman  

Raunchy (upbeat instrumental) - 1957 - Bill Justis  

Raunchy (upbeat instrumental) - 1958 - Billy Vaughn  

Rebel-'Rouser (fast-paced instrumental) - 1958 - Duane Eddy  

Red River Rock (Instrumental) - 1959 - Johnny & the Hurricanes  

Rise (medium-paced popular instrumental heavy on trumpet and with a disco background) - 1979 - Herb Alpert 

Rock And Roll Part 2 (mostly Instrumental except for "Hey" shouted a lot; a popular song at many sporting events) - 1972 - Gary Glitter  

Rockford Files, The (from the tv show The Rockford Files) (instrumental) - 1975 - Mike Post  

Rockit (futuristic-sounding upbeat funky Instrumental) - 1983 - Herbie Hancock  

Rodrigo's Guitar Concierto De Aranjuez (instrumental heavy on guitar) - 1976 - Manuel and His Music of the Mountains  

Romeo and Juliet (love theme) (slow instrumental heavy on piano) - 1969 - Henry Mancini and His Orchestra 

Route 66 Theme (from the tv show Route 66) (mid-tempo instrumental) - 1960 - Nelson Riddle 


Sail Along Silvery Moon (Instrumental heavy on horns) - 1958 - Billy Vaughn  

Scorpio (funky instrumental) - 1972 - Dennis Coffey & the Detroit Guitar Band  

Shangri-La (slow instrumental) - 1964 - Robert Maxwell  

Sleep Walk (slow instrumental with a "surf" guitar sound) - 1959 - Santo and Johnny  

Sleepwalk - see Sleep Walk

So Rare (mostly Instrumental, slow) - 1957 - Jimmy Dorsey  

Soft Summer Breeze (slow jazzy instrumental) - 1956 - Eddie Heywood  

Songbird (slow instrumental heavy on saxophone) - 1987 - Kenny G  

Soulful Strut (popular medium-paced funky instrumental) - 1969 - Young-Holt Unlimited  

Space Race (fast-paced funky instrumental) - 1973 - Billy Preston  

Staccato's Theme (horn-heavy instrumental from the tv show Johnny Staccato) - 1959 - Elmer Bernstein 

Star Wars (Main Title) (famous instrumental) - 1977 - John Williams and The LSO  

Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band (instrumental with a disco background) - 1977 - Meco  

Steeled Blues (instrumental) – 1965 – The Yardbirds

Stomp in the Name of Love (instrumental with animal sounds) – 1988/1989 – Bernie Krause  

Stranger On The Shore (slow instrumental heavy on clarinet) - 1962 - Mr. Acker Bilk  

Stripper, The (famous stripper-theme instrumental) - 1962 - David Rose  

"Summer Place, A" (Theme From) (breezy instrumental) - 1960 - Percy Faith  

Sunchyme (slow instrumental) - 1997 - Dario G  

S.W.A.T. (Theme) (Instrumental) - 1976 - Rhythm Heritage

Syncopated Clock (instrumental with metronome sounds) – 1945/1946 - Leroy Anderson  


Taste Of Honey, A (upbeat instrumental heavy on trumpet) - 1965 - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass  

Tea For Two Cha Cha (popular upbeat Cha Cha instrumental) - 1958 - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra  

Teen Beat (fast-paced instrumental) - 1959 - Sandy Nelson  

Telstar (upbeat instrumental with a futuristic sound for 1962) - 1962 - The Tornados  

Tequila (upbeat instrumental with "Tequila" shouted from time to time) - 1958 - The Champs  

(Theme For) Young Lovers (Instrumental) - 1964 - Shadows  

Third Man Theme (instrumental) (from the movie The Third Man) – 1950 – Anton Karas 

Third Man Theme (instrumental) – 1950 – Guy Lombardo

(Overture From) Tommy (A Rock Opera) (fast-paced instrumental) - 1970 - Assembled Multitude  

Topsy II (fast-paced instrumental) - 1958 - Cozy Cole  

Tracy's Theme (medium-paced instrumental) - 1960 - Spencer Ross  

Tubular Bells (medium-paced instrumental from the The Excorcist) - 1974 - Mike Oldfield  

Typewriter, The (instrumental with the sound of a typewriter throughout) - 1950 - Leroy Anderson  


Walk-Don't Run (fast-paced "surf" instrumental) - 1960 - The Ventures  

Walk-Don't Run '64 (fast-paced "surf" instrumental) - 1964 - The Ventures  

Walk Don't Run (fast-paced "surf" instrumental) - 1960 - John Barry Seven  

Washington Square (Instrumental) - 1963 - Village Stompers  

White Silver Sands (upbeat instrumental) - 1960 - Bill Black's Combo  

Wild Weekend (upbeat instrumental) - 1962 - The Rockin' Rebels  

Wipe Out (fast-paced "Surfing" Instrumental) - 1963 - The Surfaris  

Wonderland By Night (slow instrumental) - 1961 - Bert Kaempfert  

Wonderland By Night (slow instrumental) - 1961 - Louis Prima  


Yellow Bird (Instrumental) - 1961 - Arthur Lyman Group  

"Young And The Restless" Theme (Nadia's Theme) (slow instrumental) - 1976 - Barry DeVorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr.  

(Theme For) Young Lovers (medium-paced instrumental) - 1964 – Shadows  

Zoo Gang (upbeat instrumental) – 1973/1974 – Paul McCartney and Wings  

Zorba The Greek (fast-paced instrumental heavy on trumpet) - 1966 - Herb Alpert  

Zorba's Dance (Instrumental) (from Zorba The Greek) - 1965 - Marcello Minerbi

Zorro's Theme (slow instrumental) (from The Mask Of Zorro) - 1998 - James Horner   

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The Happy Organ by Dave "Baby" Cortez (1959) 
One of the first instrumentals I loved! I also don't see "Midnight Cowboy" by Ferrante & Teicher, though "Exodus" is listed- great song!

... wind ... 
It is synthesizer instrumental, pretty slow but not completely, sad melody, one part is melody with blurred sound of wind. It was very popular on …

Outter Space ( I think) 
I can't find this song from mid-60's it's electronic with saxes groove, I believe the artist name is Horn or Horne (not Paul). It 's been haunting …

Instrumental Song:
You left out the biggest selling rock instrumental ever. Where is Telstar?

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Blue Tango
This cheesy song from the early 50's by Leroy Anderson is probably the first instrumental I can remember. It caught my ear and, as my musical …

My favorite instrumental songs... 
My favorite instrumental songs: Axel F - Harold Faltermeyer. Fun synthesizer-heavy theme from Beverly Hills Cop. Baby Elephant Walk – Henry Mancini. …

the edge of night (soap opera) Not rated yet
Piano so beautiful with organ humming(?) in background Haunting and pulls at your heart strings

edge of night Not rated yet
Piano so beautiful with organ humming(?) in background

Unknown Instrumental Album from either the 90's or possibly late 80s? Not rated yet
Years ago my grandmother, gave me a cassette of instrumental music, i remembered i listened to that cassette so much I'd take wherever I'd go until …

No place to go Not rated yet
Best of the best

A Walk in the Black Forest Not rated yet
Nice piano tune!

The Happy Organ by Dave "Baby" Cortez (1959) Not rated yet
One of the first instrumentals I loved!

instrumental song Not rated yet
im trying to find an intrumental song that starts with xylophone then bongo joins and then violin and banjo type guitar starts..and it has a african …

Midnight by Johnny Gibson Not rated yet
Great upbeat piano tune with strings, apparently not easily available from Amazon. Maybe this is what my mother hoped for when she paid for piano lessons …

Concerto Pour Une Voix - Saint Preux Not rated yet
one of the best instrumentals of all time!

Concerto Pour Une Voix - Saint Preux Not rated yet
one of the best instrumentals of all time!

Manha de Carnaval - Claude Ciari  Not rated yet
one of the best version of classic exotic track!

Haunted Guitar - The Royal Guitar Ensemble 1967 Not rated yet
incredible guitar tones!

Johnny Guitar - Ricky King  Not rated yet
breathtaking version of the classick track!

Tombe la neige - Claude Ciari (two different versions!) Not rated yet
one of the best version of claasic french song!

La playa - Claude Ciari (1964) Not rated yet
classic instrumental best version!

The Music played (Was ich dir sagen will) - Roberto Mann  Not rated yet
I believe the best instrumental of Germany

sundays and cybelle - werner müller "International Film Festival" 1964  Not rated yet
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charade - ronnie aldrich Not rated yet
unique piano tones!

Eastern Journey - Biddu Orchestra Not rated yet
come taste of the eastern

El Cordobes - Marcello Minerbi (1966 single) Not rated yet
it has emotional cowboy movie sound!

"A Walk in the Black Forest" by Horst Jankowski Not rated yet
A childhood memory, especially around xmas, as I remember hearing it while looking in the picture window displays of one of the big dept stores downtown. …

albatross Not rated yet
awsom listening song

Nut Rocker - 1962 - B. Bumble & The Strigers (also 1972 by Emerson, Lake & Palmer) Not rated yet
This is a Rock n' Roll version of "March of the Wooden Soldiers" from the famous ballet music "The Nutcracker" by Tchaikovsky.

Yakety Sax (also known as Benny Hiil Show theme song) - 1963 - Boots Randolph Not rated yet
This instrumental song is played with the fast-paced sketch at the end of the Benny Hill Show. Anybody who watched at least the very end of the Benny …

Tijuana Taxi - 1965 - Herb Alpert Not rated yet
This is arguably the most upbeat instrumental song from Herb Alpert.

Sirius by the Alan Paron's Project Not rated yet
One of those pieces that you never know the name of for ages, yet extremely famous. And I'm a Brit so not a Bulls fan!

Favorite Instrumental Song: Love Theme Finale - Graeme Revell - The Saint Original Sound Track (1997)  Not rated yet
A rare case where a song enhances a movie - The Saint (Val Kilmer, 1997). Not a well-known movie and a lesser known song. Heavy strings, light, …

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Not sure of the title, but thought it was a big band gospel instrumental from the late 50's. HOPE SOMEONE CAN PROPERLY IDENTIFY/FIND IT.

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