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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). In addition Hip Hop instrumentals are at becoming more popular and more expensive as time passes by. A popular producer in today's hip hop industry is Drumma Boy from Memphis, Tennesseemarker of the indie label drum squad productions. The previous price for one of his instrumentals is $30,000. The instrumentals music for movies can run anywhere from $500,000 to $950,000.

Instrumentals that have reached #1 on the Billboard charts during the rock and roll era but before the Hot 100 include

Instrumentals that have reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 include

Other Billboard Top 20 Instrumentals

Borderline cases

Some recordings which include brief examples of the human voice are typically considered instrumentals. Examples include singles with the following:

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 " or "Pick Up The Pieces" 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.

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