You'll see what I mean by one syllable with my first entry. I'm not including songs that solely fall into the classical category.
  1. "South American Getaway" - Burt Bacharach
    This classic in the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" is a fun, fast-paced, all around great piece of music. The only word is "ba" so I'm counting it as instrumental.
  2. "Love is Blue" - Paul Mauriat
    I'm pretty sure I vaguely knew this song before, but I was re-introduced to at the end of a Mad Men episode (they always use the best music). The instrumentals go between medieval and cheesy sounding, but the melody is fantastic.
  3. "The Great Gig in the Sky" - Pink Floyd
    This song from the famous album Dark Side of the Moon is really made by the powerhouse vocals of Clare Torry (she doesn't sing words, I promise)! Her solo is heart-wrenching and beautiful, and you'll be surprised to know that it was all improvised.
  4. "Catherine Parr" - Rick Wakeman
    I can't tell you how hard it was just now to pick just one of Wakeman's songs off of his album The Six Wives of King Henry VIII. I ultimately chose this one because he basically rips the keyboard apart with his skills and speed. If you play piano, go listen to this song and just try that one part at the beginning. You'll know what I'm talking about when you hear it.
  5. "Casino Royale" - Burt Bacharach
    Sorry, have to put another Bacharach one on here. I love this song. The SNL sketch with Peyton Manning just makes the song even better.
  6. "Funeral for a Friend" - Elton John
    I know this song morphs into the very non-instrumental "Love Lies Bleeding," but it is still on this list because it's amazing. It's very powerful and a great representation of Elton's raw musical talent and his early work.
  7. "Procession" - Queen
    I've talked about the album Queen II way too much on ListApp, but here I go again. The opening number is a fantastic entryway into the progressive album. It's a pretty epic beginning to a masterfully done album. Listen to it. Now.