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What Are Your Favorite Instrumental Tunes?

The subject of instrumentals came up in another thread, so I thought it might be fun to see what instrumental tunes everyone enjoys. Instrumentals cover a wide range of genres when you start to think about it; classical (of course), movie soundtracks, pop, jazz, big band oldies, blues, country, rock, and many instrumental versions of your favorite song titles, too.


So what instrumental music do you like? What are your favorite tunes or instrumental versions of your favorite songs? Multiple tunes and multiple genres are okay. And, if you have favorite on youtube, feel free to post the link so that we can listen, too!

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So, what do you think of Tina S?


She's amazing! 

“Music can change the world, because music can change people.” Bono
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Tina S?  I am intrigued.  I looked her up on Spotify and she doesn't exist.  What?  Then I looked up on Wikipedia and found out that she's definitely got to be added to Spotify.  I'm going to see if I can find anything of hers on YouTube right now because they describe her as someone unique in how she covers popular songs.  Thank you!

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                     Yakety Sax              Boots Randolph

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Helen Jane Long's   The Aviators  (extended version) and almost any of her other songs


Any of Kenny G


Craig Chaquico's  Acoustic Highway  Album  (all of em fav's)


Neal Schon  - Beyond the Thunder


Beegie Adair   all 


and there are many more.  Instrumental music is always my favorite anyway. 

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Yes, I forgot about Beegie Adair, one of my favorite lounge type pianists. Love it! Thanks for reminding me!
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Any Phil Coulter fans out there?


Phil Coulter not only plays a beautiful piano, but has created wonderful arrangements of Celtic classics. This one from Scotland with piano, orchestra, pipes and drums . . . makes me misty eyed it's so beautiful! 


We're No Awa' Tae Bide Awa'  (a perfect lead-in to)

Scotland the Brave  - Phil Coulter

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1960 "Walk Don't Run" by The Ventures

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Definitely a favorite is 'In the Mirror' by Yanni.  But there are so many more.  Yes, Kenny G's, 'The Moment' as another mentioned and his, 'Forever in Love' as well as 'Silhouette' and 'Songbird'. Then there is 'Ballade pour Adeline' by Richard Clayderman.  Of course there is 'Music Box Dancer' by Frank Mills which I remember when it came out, I was 11 years old.  Who can forget Yiruma's 'Kiss the Rain'?  Just some very memorable instrumentals and mine are pianists just because I love the piano so much.  This one will forever be a classic, 'Last Date' by Floyd Cramer.  Outside of the piano is 'Love Story: Where Do I Begin?' by Francis Lai (one version has lyrics though).  Chuck Mangione's 'Feels So Good' is another good instrumental.  'Joy' by Apollo 100 was good.  Oh and then there's Rock and Roll, Part 2 by Gary Glitter which is played at a lot of football games these days.  Can't forget 'A Fifth of Beethoven' by Walter Murphy either.  And 'Green Onion' by Booker T & the M.G.s.  I remember this one too, 'Love is Blue' by Paul Mauriat.  I like 'Rise' by Herb Alpert too.  I vaguely remember 'Breezin' by George Benson.  There's also 'Spanish Flea' by Herb Alpert.  There's also 'Lara's Theme' by Maurice Jarre.  No one can forget 'Nadia's theme' by Barry DeVorzon because it's from the famous 'The Young & The Restless' soap opera. What I didn't know that is used to be called 'Cotton's Dream', but they changed it for Nadia Comaneci during the Olympics.  Oh I hope that was enough for now.  I'm sure there are so many more.

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So many. Two off the top of my head are Ravel's Bolero


Georgio's Tears.

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I like to have music playng all the time.  When I'm doing something that requires concentration (taxes) I put Pachelbel's Canon in D on a loop because it's so soft and soothing.  It just keeps on playing until I'm finished & shut it off.

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Pachelbells Canon in D is my favorite.  It is so calming for me

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This too is my favorite as it is so relaxing.




Soul Sacrifice - Santana

Black Sand - Kalapana

The Horse - Cliff Nobles

Variations on a Theme - Blood, Sweat & Tears

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I think Pachelbel's Canon in D major is one of the most melodic, relaxing pieces I've ever played or heard being played.  

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I have always been in love with the instrumental theme from the movie "Somewhere In Time" by John Barry and Roger Williams:


One of my all time favorite jazz instrumentals is "Europa" by Gato Barbieri, composed by Carlos Santana:


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To me the sexiest saxaphone instrumental EVER!!!
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Absolutely one of my faves as well Europa!
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Two awesome favorites of mine are Europa - Gata Barbieri and Santana and Cause We Ended as Lovers - Jeff Beck!

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Vivaldi's Four Seasons, especially "Winter".  Some day  with enough practice I'll be able to play the transitions on that piece! 


Love Theme from "Lady Sings the Blues" by Michel Legrand.
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Vivaldi's concerto for two guitars in G major.  I love the rhythm.

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My favorite instrumental music:

   In the Mood

   Theme from a Summer Place

   The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


   Green Onions

   The Lonely Bull

   Dueling Banjos

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Sooooooo many:

Classical Gas

Beethoven's 7th


Samba pa ti

Take Five

Blue Rondo la Turk


Soul Sacrifice

Seranade to a Cuckoo

Just about anything with Ian Anderson; Bouree, In the Grip of Stronger Stuff, his take on God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen


I like Native American flute music - it’s calming and meditative. Most recently I’ve been listening to some music by Bill Neal Elk Whistle from his Facebook fan page. Here’s a link to a video I particularly like:

Here’s another awesome song and video:

The third song is different because it’s a traditional Americana song, but played in a way I haven’t heard before - it’s available as a download on Apple Music:



Here’s another of Bill Neal Elk Whistle’s music videos that I love to listen to:


Anything by Duke Ellington from 1939.


Also my own tune, "Song for Lisa" - 

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Delicado performed by Percy Faith & his Orchestra.

Ravel's Bolero (I don't think anyone can mess this one up).

Apache performed by The Shadows


Music Box Dancer: Frank Mills


"Lighit Above the Trees" Keiko Matsui. I first heard this piece the night my mother passed away in May 2013. I recieved the call and jumped in the car to go to her home and this tune came on the radio.  It took me to a place of piece and calm.


1.) "'Round Midnight"-Miles Davis

2.) "Meeting of the Spirits"-John McLaughlin/Mahavishnu Orchestra

3.) "Satch's Boogie"-Joe Satriani

4.) "Race with the Devil"-Al DiMeola

5.) "Birdland"-Weather Report

6.) "Medley-*Crow River Waltz

                  *Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

                  *Jack Fig (Leo Kottke/My Feet Are Smiling)

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