Some recordings which include brief examples of the human voice are typically considered instrumentals. Examples include singles with the following:
- Short verbal interjections (as in "Tequila" or "Topsy" or "Wipe Out" or "The Hustle" or "Bentley's Gonna Sort You Out")
- Repetitive nonsense words (e.g., "la la..." (as in "Calcutta") or "Woo Hoo");
- A short spoken passage (e.g., "To Live Is to Die" by Metallica);
- Wordless vocal effects, such as drones (e.g., "Rockit" or "Flying");
- Vocal percussion, such as beatbox B-sides on rap singles;
- Yodeling (e.g., "Hocus Pocus");
- Whistling (e.g., "I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman" or "Colonel Bogey March").
- An ominous statement at the end (e.g., God Bless the Children of the Beast by Mötley Crüe, Cremation by King Diamond)
- Inclusion of field recordings which may or my not contain non-lyrical words. (e.g. Many songs by Godspeed You! Black Emperor and other post-rock bands.)
A few songs categorized as instrumentals may even include actual vocals, if they appear only as a short part of an extended piece (e.g., "Unchained Melody" (Les Baxter) or "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" or "Pick Up the Pieces" or "The Hustle" or "Fly, Robin, Fly" or "Do It Any Way You Wanna" or "Gonna Fly Now" (Bill Conti)). Falling just outside that definition is "Theme From Shaft" by Isaac Hayes.
- Instrumental hip hop
- Instrumental rock
- List of rock instrumentals
- Easy listening
- Post Rock
- Beautiful music
- Smooth jazz
- A cappella, vocal music or singing without instrumental accompaniment
- Backing track is a pre-recorded music that singers sing along to or a karaoke without vocals
- Choro, a Brazilian instrumental folk music
- Contains several vocal interjections of the title track.
- Features vocal interjections of the title track at the end of each chorus.
- Contains several Scottish sounding grunts at the end of each chorus and immediately beforehand.
- Stranger on the Shore hit #1 on the end of year UK charts, but NOT the weekly UK charts. Despite this, it is the highest selling instrumental single worldwide and in the UK; in the US, this honor falls to Meco's Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band.
- Contains vocal interjections before, during, and immediately after the choruses.
- Contains vocals at the beginning and during the fade-out.
- Contains vocal interjections at the end of the second and third verses.
- Contains screams of "do the hustle!" at the end of each chorus.
- Contains vocal interjections of the title track at the end of each chorus and "up, up to the sky" as an ending.
- Contains vocals, which total thirty words and thus contains the most amount of lyrics of any instrumental song to hit #1.
- Contains, during its choruses, several nonsensical vocal interjections of the title.
- At the beginning, before the main piece begins, it features the lyrics "Oh yeah, I used to know Quentin, he's a real, he's a real jerk".
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- "All Instrumental Top 20 Songs, every top 20 instrumental, Dec 1959 - Jun 1962". Tunecaster.
- "The Shadows founder member dies". BBC News. November 29, 2005.
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- Siegler, Dylan (April 2000). "Mr. Oizo".
- Every instrumental top 20 hit song from 1960 to the present from Tunecaster.com with a sample of each
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