10 Surprising Instrumental Tracks You NEED To Hear

10. Last Ride In - Green Day

After coming off the unbridled anger of 1995's Insomniac, Green Day used their next record, Nimrod, as an opportunity to pull from new musical influences. It was certainly still pop punk, but other styles like folk, balladry, and even circus-themed tracks made the track listing.

The most eccentric of these new directions was "Last Ride In," Green Day's first instrumental track. The song has a great laid back demeanor with a relaxed drum beat and rich surf-guitar fills from Billie Joe Armstrong. These elements leave space for bassist Mike Dirnt to showcase his deep bass groove.

What puts the song over the top is the brilliant horn arrangements courtesy of David Campbell. Without the horns, the track could have easily come off as brooding and meandering. When added, the horns turn this song into an upbeat preppy number that never loses its mellow foundation.

The song perfectly encapsulates the feeling of living in California and walking down the boardwalk every day. You can practically feel the sand at your feet whenever this track comes on.

A definite departure for Green Day but one that showed that there was more to this band than just bratty humor.

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