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We have ranked the top pop songs that have charted over the past 50+ years on The ARC Weekly Top 40 and Billboard Hot 100, and come up with
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Best Pop Instrumental Performance

53rd Grammy Awards
(February 13, 2011)

Jeff Beck - 'Emotion & Commotion'
Jeff Beck - "Nessun Dorma"

other nominees:

Laurie Anderson - "Flow"
Stanley Clarke - "No Mystery"
Gorillaz - "Orchestra Intro"
Brian Setzer Orchestra - "Sleepwalk"
52nd Grammy Awards
(January 31, 2010)

Bela Fleck - 'Throw Down Your Heart, Tales from the Acoustic Planet, Vol. 3: Africa Sessions'
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
Bela Fleck - "Thow Down Your Heart"

other nominees:

Herb Alpert - "Besame Mucho"
Imogen Heap - "The Fire"
Maxwell - "Phoenix Rise"
Marcus Miller - "Funk Joint"
51st Grammy Awards
(February 8, 2009)

Eagles - 'Long Road Out Of Eden'
Eagles - "I Dreamed There Was No War"

other nominees:

Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere - "Love Appetite"
Fourplay - "Fortune Teller"
Stanley Jordan - "Steppin' Out"
Marcus Miller - "Blast!"
50th Grammy Awards
(February 10, 2008)

Joni Mitchell - 'Shine'
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
Joni Mitchell - "One Week Last Summer"

other nominees:

Beastie Boys - "Off The Grid"
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
- "Paris Sunrise #7"
Dave Koz - "Over The Rainbow"
Spyro Gyra - "Simple Pleasures"
49th Grammy Awards
(February 11, 2007)

George Benson & Al Jarreau - 'Givin' It Up'
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
George Benson - "Mornin'"

other nominees:

Enya - "Drifting"
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones - "Subterfuge"
Bruce Hornsby - "Song H"
Brian Setzer Orchestra - "My Favorite Things"
48th Grammy Awards
(February 8, 2006)

Les Paul - 'American Made World Played'
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
Les Paul - "Caravan"

other nominees:

Burt Bacharach & Chris Botti - "In Our Time"
George Duke - "T-Jam"
Herbie Hancock & Trey Anastasio - "Gelo Na Montanha"
Daniel Lanois - "Agave"
47th Grammy Awards
(February 13, 2005)

Ben Harper - 'There Will Be Light'
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
Ben Harper - "11th Commandment"

other nominees:

Herb Alpert, Russ Freeman, James Genus, Gene Lake & Jason Miles - "Chasing Shadows"
George Benson - "Take You Out"
Bruce Hornsby - "Song F"
Brian Setzer - "Rat Pack Boogie"
46th Grammy Awards
(February 8, 2004)

George Harrison - 'Brainwashed'
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
George Harrison - "Marwa Blues"

other nominees:

Ry Cooder & Manuel Galban - "Patricia"
Dave Koz - "Honey-Dipped"
Randy Newman - "Seabiscuit"
Brian Setzer Orchestra - "The Nutcracker Suite"
45th Grammy Awards
(February 23, 2003)

B.B. King - 'A Christmas Celebration Of Hope'
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
B.B. King - "Auld Lang Syne"

other nominees:

Dave Koz & Jeff Koz - "Blackbird"
Pat Metheny Group - "As It Is"
Moby - "18"
Kirk Whalum - "Playing With Fire"
44th Grammy Awards
(February 27, 2002)

Eric Clapton - 'Reptile'
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
Eric Clapton - "Reptile"

other nominees:

Larry Carlton & Steve Lukather - "Room 335"
Daft Punk - "Short Circuit"
Eric Johnson - "Rain"
Kirk Whalum - "There You'll Be"
43th Grammy Awards
(February 23, 2001)

Brian Setzer Orchestra - 'Vavoom!'
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
Brian Setzer Orchestra - "Caravan"

other nominees:

Björk - "Overture (Selmasongs)"
The Coors - "Rebel Heart"
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones - "Zona Mona"
Grover Washington, Jr.: "Camaleao"
42nd Grammy Awards
(February 23, 2000)

Santana - Supernatural
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
Santana - "El Farol"

other nominees:

Herb Alpert
- "The Look Of Love"
Jeff Beck - "A Day In The Life"
Bruce Hornsby - "Song C"
Willie Nelson - "Night And Day"
41st Grammy Awards
(February 25, 1999)

Brian Setzer Orchestra - 'Dirty Boogie'
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
Brian Setzer Orchestra - "Sleepwalk"

other nominees:

Dust Brothers - "The X-Files Theme"
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones - "Big Country"
Kenny G - "My Heart Will Go On"
Pat Metheny Group - "Follow Me"
40th Grammy Awards
(February 25, 1998)

Sarah McLachlan - Surfacing
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
Sarah McLachlan - "Last Dance"

other nominees:

George Benson - "Song For My Brother"
The Chieftains - "An Gaoth Aneas"
Kenny G - "Havana"
Grover Washington, Jr. - "Soulful Strut"
39th Grammy Awards
(February 26, 1997)

Bela Fleck - 'Live Art'
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones - "The Sinister Minister"

other nominees:

Larry Mullen & Adam Clayton - "Theme From Mission Impossible"
Lalo Schifrin with The London Philharmonic Orchestra - "Mission Impossible"
Smashing Pumpkins - "Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness"
Stevie Wonder - "Kiss Lonely Goodbye"
38th Grammy Awards
(February 28, 1996)

'Desperado' soundtrack
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
Los Lobos - "Mariachi Suite"

other nominees:

Allman Brothers Band - "In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed"
Kenny G - "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"
Dave Grusin - "Yesterday"
Bruce Hornsby - "Song B"
37th Grammy Awards
(March 1, 1995)

Booker T & The MG's - 'That's The Way It Should Be'
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
Booker T & The MG's - "Cruisin'"

other nominees:

Kenny G - "Sentimental"
Branford Marsalis &
Bruce Hornsby - "The Star Spangled Banner"
Mike Post - "Theme From NYPD Blue"
Alan Silvestri - "I'm Forrest... Forrest Gump (The Feather Theme)
36th Grammy Awards
(March 1, 1994)

Bruce Hornsby - 'Intersections 1985-2005'
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
Bruce Hornsby & Brandford Marsalis - "Barcelona Mona"

other nominees:

George Benson - "Got To Be There"
Kenny G - "Forever In Love"
James Galway - "Beauty & The Beast"
Anthony Inglis - "The Phantom Of The Opera"
35th Grammy Awards
(February 24, 1993)

Beauty & The Beast soundtrack
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
Richard Kaufman - "Beauty And The Beast"

other nominees:

Chieftains & Chet Atkins - "Tahitian Skies"
Bruce Hornsby - "Twenty Nine-Five"
Bob James & Earl Klugh -
John Williams -
Hook soundtrack
34th Grammy Awards
(February 25, 1992)

'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves' soundtrack
Michael Kamen - "Robin Hood - Prince Of Thieves"

other nominees:

Candu Dulfer -
Kenny G - "Theme From Dying Young"
Dave Grusin -
John Williams -
John Williams Conducts John Williams: The Star Wars Trilogy
33rd Grammy Awards
(February 20, 1991)

'Twin Peaks' soundtrack
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
Angelo Badalamenti - "Twin Peaks Theme"

other nominees:

Phil Collins - "Saturday Night And Sunday Morning"
Kenny G - "Going Home"
Quincy Jones - "Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)"
Stanley Jordan - "What's Goin' On"
32nd Grammy Awards
(February 22, 1990)

Neville Brothers - 'Yellow Moon'
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
Neville Brothers - "Healing Chant"

other nominees:

Kenny G - "Breadline Blues"
Earl Klugh -
Whispers And Promises
Paul Shaffer - "Late Night"
Andreas Vollenweider - "Dancing With The Lion"
31st Grammy Awards
(February 22, 1989)

David Sanborn - 'Close Up'
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
David Sanborn - Close Up

other nominees:

Kenny G - Silhouette
M/A/R/R/S - "Pump Up The Volume"
Mike Post -
Music From LA Law And Otherwise
Joe Satriani - "Always With Me, Always With You"
30th Grammy Awards
(March 2, 1988)

Larry Carlton - 'Discovery'
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
Larry Carlton - "Minute By Minute"

other nominees:

Herb Alpert -
Keep Your Eye On Me
Art Of Noise - "Dragnet"
Chick Corea Elektric Band - "Light Years"
David Grusin - "It Might Be You"
29th Grammy Awards
(February 24, 1987)

'Top Gun' soundtrack
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
Harold Faltermeyer & Steve Stevens - "Top Gun Anthem"

other nominees:

Stanley Clarke - "Overjoyed"
David Foster -
David Foster
Genesis - "The Brazilian"
Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen - "Johnny's Theme"
28th Grammy Awards
(February 25, 1986)

'Miami Vice' soundtrack
Jan Hammer - "Miami Vice Theme"

other nominees:

Harold Faltermeyer - "Axel F"
David Foster - "Love Theme From St. Elmo's Fire"
David Grusin & Lee Ritenour -
Spyro Gyra - "Shake Down"
27th Grammy Awards
(February 26, 1985)

Ghostbusters soundtrack
Ray Parker, Jr. - "Ghostbusters" (Instrumental)

other nominees:

Earl Klugh -
Steve Mitchell, Richard Perry, & Howie Rice - "Jump (For My Love)"
Randy Newman -
The Natural
Stevie Wonder - "I Just Called To Say I Love You"
26th Grammy Awards
(February 28, 1984)

George Benson - 'In Your Eyes'
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
George Benson - "Being With You"

other nominees:

Herb Alpert -
Blow Your Own Horn
Larry Carlton -
Joe Jackson - "Breakdown"
Helen St. John - "Love Theme From Flashdance"
25th Grammy Awards
(February 23, 1983)

Ernie Watts - 'Chariots Of Fire'
Ernie Watts - "Chariots Of Fire Theme" (Dance Version)

other nominees:

Louis Clark & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra -
Hooked On Classics
Earl Klugh - "Crazy For You"
David Sanborn - "As We Speak"
John Williams -
E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial
24th Grammy Awards
(February 24, 1982)

'Hill Street Blues' soundtrack
Larry Carlton & Mike Post - "Theme From Hill Street Blues"

other nominees:

Louis Clark & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - "Hooked On Classics"
Quincy Jones - "Velas"
Earl Klugh -
Late Night Guitar
Lee Ritenour -
23rd Grammy Awards
(February 25, 1981)

Bob James & Earl Klugh - 'One On One'
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
Bob James & Earl Klugh - One On One

other nominees:

Herb Alpert - "Beyond"
Doobie Brothers - "South Bay Strut"
Henry Mancini - "Ravel's Bolero"
John Williams & London Symphony Orchestra - "Yoda's Theme"
22nd Grammy Awards
(February 27, 1980)

Herb Alpert - 'Rise'
Herb Alpert - "Rise"

other nominees:

Chuck Mangione -
An Evening Of Magic
Zubin Mehta & New York Philharmonic -
Frank Mills - "Music Box Dancer"
John Williams - "Theme From Superman (Main Title)"
21st Grammy Awards
(February 15, 1979)

Chuck Mangione - 'Live At The Hollywood Bowl'
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
Chuck Mangione - "Children Of Sanchez"

other nominees:

Chet Atkins & Les Paul -
Guitar Monsters
Henry Mancini - "The Pink Panther Theme ('78)"
Zubin Mehta & Los Angeles Philharmonic -
Star Wars & Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
John Williams -
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
20th Grammy Awards
(February 23, 1978)

'Star Wars' soundtrack
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
John Williams - Star Wars

other nominees:

Bill Conti - "Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)"
Barry DeVorzon
- "Nadia's Theme (The Young & The Restless)"
Maynard Ferguson
- "Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)"
Meco - "Stars Wars Theme / Cantina Band"
19th Grammy Awards
(February 19, 1977)

George Benson - Breezin'
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
George Benson - "Breezin'"

other nominees:

Jeff Beck - Wired
Brecker Brothers Band -
Back To Back
Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band - "A Fifth Of Beethoven"
Stevie Wonder - "Contusion"
18th Grammy Awards
(February 28, 1976)

Van McCoy - 'The Hustle & The Best Of Van McCoy '
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
Van McCoy - "The Hustle"

other nominees:

Chuck Mangione -
Chase The Clouds Away
Mike Post - "Theme From The Rockford Files"
Ritchie Family - "Brazil"
Tom Scott & The L.A. Express -
Tom Cat
17th Grammy Awards
(March 1, 1975)

'The Sting' soundtrack
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
Marvin Hamlisch - "The Entertainer"

other nominees:

Herbie Hancock -
Head Hunters
Quincy Jones - "Along Came Baby"
Love Unlimited Orchestra - "Rhapsody In White"
Rick Wakeman -
Journey To The Center Of The Earth
16th Grammy Awards
(March 2, 1974)

'2001' soundtrack
Eumir Deodato - "Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)"

other nominees:

Quincy Jones - "You've Got It Bad Girl"
Mahavishnu Orchestra -
Birds Of Fire
Billy Preston - "Space Race"
Edgar Winter - "Frankenstein"
15th Grammy Awards
(March 3, 1973)

Billy Preston - 'I Wrote A Simple Song'
Billy Preston - "Outa-Space"

other nominees:

Apollo 100 -
Mahavishnu Orchestra & John McLaughlin -
The Inner Mounting Flame
Pipes & Drums & Military Band Of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards - "Amazing Grace"
Doc Severinsen -
14th Grammy Awards
(March 14, 1972)

Quincy Jones - 'Smackwater Jack'
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
Quincy Jones - Smackwater Jack

other nominees:

Burt Bacharach -
Burt Bacharach
Michel Legrand - - "Theme From Summer Of '42"
Henry Mancini - "Theme From Love Story"
Peter Nero - "Theme From Summer Of '42"

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