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The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time  

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List Rules 3 piece bands...

Across all types of music what is the best 3 piece band ever? Add your own favorite band...heck even country works... country is a musical genre. Even contemporary country, unfortunately.

These are the best 3 piece bands ever, the best musical trios if you will... the best bands with 3 members if you want to say it that way.

These 3 man bands run the spectrum from very very famous, to not so famous. But don't vote based on fame... some of the best bands aren't super famous. Obviously. It's about the music! it's not a popularity contest. Who is your favorite three piece band?

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Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock
Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, ...more
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Rush is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Rush is a Canadian rock band formed in August 1968 in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. The band is composed of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee; guitarist and ...more
3
Cream is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music
Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton. Their unique sound was characterised by a ...more
4
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music
The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. Composed of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and ...more
5
The Police is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk
The Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. For the majority of their history, the band consisted of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland. The Police became globally ...more
6
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
ZZ Top is an American rock band that formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band comprises guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, bassist and co-lead vocalist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank ...more
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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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Green Day is an American rock band formed in 1986. Green Day's members include Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool. Green Day was originally part of the punk scene at the DIY ...more
8
Muse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
Alternative Rock, Electronica
Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of Matthew Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard. They are known for their energetic and ...more
9
Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music
Motörhead are an English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser Kilmister, professionally known by his stage name Lemmy, who has remained the sole ...more
10
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop
Beastie Boys were an American hip hop band from New York City, formed in 1981. For the majority of its career, the group consisted of Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "MCA" ...more
11
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music
Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist and vocalist Phil Lynott, met while still in school. Lynott ...more
12
Blink-182 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

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Blink-182 is an American rock band formed in Poway, a suburb of San Diego, California in 1992. The band currently consists of bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker, while ...more
13
Grand Funk Railroad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
Grand Funk Railroad is an American blues rock band that was highly popular during the 1970s, touring extensively and playing to packed arenas worldwide. David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine ...more
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Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
Valdave added Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958. The group's line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. The trio were successful for most of their decades of recording ...more
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Primus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock
Primus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry "Ler" LaLonde and drummer Tim "Herb" ...more
16
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock
Emerson, Lake & Palmer, also known as ELP, were a sporadically active English progressive rock supergroup power trio. They found success in the 1970s, have sold over forty million albums and ...more
17
Stray Cats is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
New Wave, Psychobilly, Rock music
The Stray Cats are an American rockabilly band formed in 1979 by guitarist and vocalist Brian Setzer, double bassist Lee Rocker, and drummer Slim Jim Phantom in the Long Island town of ...more
18
Sublime is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music
Sublime was an American ska punk and alternative rock band from Long Beach, California, formed in 1988. The band's line-up, unchanged until their breakup, consisted of Bradley Nowell, Eric ...more
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The Cure is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music
The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being ...more
20
America is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock
America is an American rock band, formed in 1970 by multi-instrumentalists Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley. The trio first met in London, where they began performing live. America ...more
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Triumph is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock
Triumph is a Canadian hard rock power trio that was popular in the late 1970s through the 1980s. Between the band's 16 albums and DVDs, Triumph has received 18 gold and 9 platinum awards in ...more
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James Gang is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
Rock music, Hard rock
The James Gang was a rock band formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1966. The band enjoyed moderate success with the singles "Funk #49" and "Walk Away," and are perhaps best ...more
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Three Dog Night is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
Valdave added Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Pop rock
Three Dog Night is an American rock band. They formed in 1967 with a line-up consisting of vocalists Danny Hutton, Cory Wells, and Chuck Negron. This lineup was soon augmented by Jimmy ...more
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The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
ColinBoddy added Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

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The Supremes were an American female singing group and the premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s. Founded as the Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, the Supremes were the most ...more
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The Jam is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music
The Jam were an English punk rock band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s. They were formed in Woking, Surrey. While they shared the "angry young men" outlook and fast tempos ...more