Listen to instrumental hit records
Instrumentals were once common at the top of the pop charts, hitting a peak in the 1950s and 60s. They're rare these days, and it's not clear why they've fallen from favour.
There's a long and honourable tradition of instrumental chart success. Listen to some of the best.
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