Posted by Reggie
I love the power of a good instrumental song. Sometimes they can be energizing or even relaxing depending on the band’s intent with the song. Some bands use an instrumental song to display a different, sometimes softer side. And, sometimes an instrumental is a collection of left over riffs and drum parts that didn’t make the final cut. Or, perhaps they just couldn’t find the words to go with the music. However they are composed, the instrumental song is a track I look for and hope to find on any album; though there are some bands where it’s almost an expectation. This list is comprised of 25 word-less songs that I find essential to my music library. I wouldn’t sweat over the exact order, but yeah the ones at or near the top of this list are definitely my favorites. I know there are many more instrumental songs out there, but these are mine…so to speak. This list is also limited to only three per band and only one band made this list three times. Enjoy!
16. Frankenstein – Overkill
Initially, I never knew this was an Edgar Winter’s Group cover from the early 70s. I can’t remember how it was pointed out; maybe it was in the liner notes, but after giving it a second thought it did seem to sound a bit different from the rest of this outstanding Horrorscope album from 1991. Overkill certainly held true to the original vibe, but trash-ified the songs nicely. This album needs a remaster!
15. Stream of Consciousness – Dream Theater
These guys make great instrumental songs and it’s one of the reasons why they are the only band to have three songs on my list. This one appeared on the Train of Thought album released in 2003. I saw that tour, but never got to see this song played live; at least not that I can remember. Even today, I look to see if Dream Theater adds an instrumental on their new albums and I am glad this is still a practice of theirs. They are quite good at it.