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An instrumental is, in contrast to a song, a musical composition or recording without lyrics or any other sort of vocal music; all of the music is produced by musical instruments. Specifically, this term is used when referring to popular music; some musical genres make little use of the human voice, such as jazz, electronic music, and large amounts of European classical music (although in electronic music the voice can be sampled just like anything else). In commercial music, some tracks or songs on a compact disc include instrumental tracks. These tracks are exact copies of the corresponding song, but do not have vocals. A song is a relatively short musical composition. ... Musical composition is: a piece of music the structure of a musical piece the process of creating a new piece of music // A piece of music exists in the form of a written composition in musical notation or as a single acoustic event (a live performance or recorded track). ... Lyrics are the words in songs. ... Vocal music is music performed by one or more singers, with or without non-vocal instrumental accompaniment, in which singing provides the main focus of the piece. ... // Music is an art form consisting of sound and silence expressed through time. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and are disseminated by one or more of the mass media. ... Musical genres are categories which contain music which share a certain style or which have certain elements in common. ... The human voice consists of sound made by a human using the vocal folds for talking, singing, laughing, crying and screaming. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... It has been suggested that Electronica be merged into this article or section. ... Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... A Compact Disc or CD is an optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio. ...


On the whole, instrumentals have been relatively less likely to achieve the highest levels of popular and commercial success in comparison to songs. Only a handful of instrumentals have reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. These include: The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ...

Grazing in the Grass is an instrumental by the South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela. ... Hugh Masekela (born Johannesburg, April 4, 1939) is a South African flugelhorn and cornet player. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... Loves Theme is an instrumental piece performed by the Love Unlimited Orchestra, which was conducted by Barry White in 1974. ... Barry White ( September 12, 1944 - July 4, 2003) was an American record producer and singer responsible for the creation of numerous hit soul and disco songs. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... The single Chariots of Fire features the instrumental Titles taken from the score album of the 1981 film Chariots of Fire. The piece was composed, arranged, produced and performed by Greek musician Vangelis. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... The song Miami Vice Theme was released in September 1984 and was created and performed by Jan Hammer as the theme to the television series Miami Vice. ... Jan Hammer on the cover of Berklee Today Magazine Jan Hammer (pronounced yaan hah-mur) (born 17 April 1948, in Prague, Czechoslovakia) is a composer and musician. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Kool & the Gang is a highly successful American jazz/R&B/soul/funk/disco group. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Frankenstein is the name of several rock and roll songs: The 1972 song by that name was a rock instrumental featuring an early popularization of the synthesizer by the Edgar Winter Group from their album They Only Come Out at Night. ... Edgar Winter Group is a 1970s rock band founded by Edgar Winter. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Look up sandstorm in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Darude Darude (Ville Virtanen) (July 17, 1975) is an electronic dance music producer and DJ from Eura, Finland. ...

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Recordings which include brief verbal interjections, repetitive nonsense words, or wordless vocal effects (such as drones, vocal percussion, Vonlenska, yodeling, or whistling), or in which sung vocals appear in only a short part of an extended piece (e.g. "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)") are sometimes classed as instrumentals rather than songs. Nonsense is an utterance or written text in what appears to be a human language or other symbolic system, that does not in fact carry any identifiable meaning. ... In music, a drone is a harmonic or monophonic effect or accompaniment where a note or chord is continuously sounded throughout much or all of a piece, sustained or repeated, and most often establishing a tonality upon which the rest of the piece is built. ... Vocal percussion is the art of creating sounds with ones mouth that approximate, imitate, or otherwise serve the same purpose as a percussion instrument, whether in a group of singers, an instrumental ensemble, or solo. ... Vonlenska is a constructed language created by the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós, in particular its lead singer Jón Þór Birgisson. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Whistling is the production of sound by means of a constant breath of air from the mouth. ... TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) is a 1974 hit single by MFSB (Mother, Father, Sister, Brother) featuring vocals by The Three Degrees. ...


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