The Best Instrumental Music of 2016

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If you’re looking for some of the best instrumental music of 2016, you’ve come to the right place. Here, you’ll find a list of some of our favorite tunes that are sure to get your toes tapping.


If you’re a fan of instrumental music, 2016 was a great year. A wide variety of artists released some excellent tracks, ranging from hard-hitting metal to delicate classical pieces.

In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best instrumental music of 2016. We’ll start with a list of our favorite albums, followed by our favorite tracks. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the best instrumental music of the year!

Best Pop Instrumental

In 2016, there were many great instrumental pieces created in the pop genre. From emotional and heart-wrenching ballads to upbeat and feel-good anthems, these songs had a way of resonating with listeners and making us feel all the feels.

Here are some of the best pop instrumental pieces of 2016:

“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
“Closer” by The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey
“Starboy” by The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk
“I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk
“Human” by Rag’n’Bone Man

Best Jazz Instrumental

It’s been a great year for jazz, with a plethora of excellent releases from both established and up-and-coming artists. Here are some of our favorites.

Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
John Coltrane, “A Love Supreme”
Ornette Coleman, “The Shape of Jazz to Come”
Miles Davis, “Kind of Blue”
Dave Brubeck, “Time Out”
Charles Mingus, “The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady”

Best Hip-Hop Instrumental

There were a lot of great hip-hop instrumentals released in 2016, but these 10 beats stood out above the rest. From producers like Kaytranada and Mike Will Made It to up-and-comers like Medasin and Mura Masa, there was no shortage of top-notch production last year.

And with rappers increasingly turning to instrumentals to provide the perfect backing for their rhymes, it’s more important than ever to have a good beat to rap over. So whether you’re an aspiring MC looking for some good tracks to spit your verses over or just a fan of great hip-hop production, these are the best instrumentals of 2016.

Best Classical Instrumental

There are many different types of instrumental music, from classical to jazz to rock. 2016 was a great year for all types of instrumental music, with many new and innovative albums being released. Here are some of the best classical instrumental albums of 2016.

-Naxos: The Year’s Best Classical Albums
-Deutsche Grammophon: The Year’s Best Classical Albums
-Sony Classical: The Year’s Best Classical Albums
-BIS: The Year’s Best Classical Albums
-ECM: The Year’s Best Classical Albums

Best Electronic Instrumental

There were so many great instrumental tracks released in 2016, it was hard to narrow it down to just ten. But we’ve done it, and here they are: our picks for the best electronic instrumental tracks of the year.

From beautiful ambient soundscapes to pulse-pounding warehouse anthems, these tracks represent the best of what electronic music has to offer. And they’re all guaranteed to get your head nodding and your feet moving.

So crank up the volume and enjoy!


In conclusion, the best instrumental music of 2016 was a varied and exciting collection of albums that showcased the immense talent of a wide range of artists. From classical crossover to jazz fusion, there was something for everyone’s taste. We hope you enjoy exploring these wonderful albums as much as we did.

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