bands/musicians The Best 3 Piece Bands 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 THREE MAN BANDS 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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Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
930 508
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Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

3
755 358
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

4
680 415
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The Police New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

5
640 333
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Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

6
581 324
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ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

7
653 418
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

8
507 388
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Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

9
416 176
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

10
412 282
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Motörhead New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

11
271 274
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Thin Lizzy Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

12
391 359
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Blink-182 Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

13
266 219
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Beastie Boys Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

14
218 178
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Valdave added Bee Gees Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

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15
249 214
Grand Funk Railroad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Grand Funk Railroad Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

16
280 251
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Primus Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

17
238 215
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

18
232 254
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Stray Cats New Wave, Psychobilly, Rock music

19
249 326
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Sublime Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

20
206 141
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
The Cure New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

21
164 176
America is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
America Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

The Rappers with the Dirtiest Rhymes

22
153 170
The Jam is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
The Jam Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

23
163 184
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

24
166 186
James Gang is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
James Gang Rock music, Hard rock

25
88 91
The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
ColinBoddy added The Supremes Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

26
158 184
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Triumph Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

27
87 96
Three Dog Night is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Valdave added Three Dog Night Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Pop rock

28
134 201
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Hüsker Dü Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore

All One Piece Opening Songs, Ranked Best to Worst

29
96 195
Train is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Train Adult album alternative, Blues-rock, Rock music

30
78 90
Toto is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
michael-reilly added Toto Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock, Pop music

31
77 148
Everclear is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Everclear Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock

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121 207
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Dinosaur Jr Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

33
73 118
Dixie Chicks is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
ColinBoddy added Dixie Chicks Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

34
56 90
TLC is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
TLC Hip hop music, Girl group, Alternative hip hop

35
108 196
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King's X Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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36
83 121
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Mountain Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

37
77 91
A-ha is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
ColinBoddy added A-ha Adult album alternative, Synthpop, New Wave

38
62 80
Paramore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Paramore Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

39
36 60
Fugees is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Fugees Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Reggae

40
45 64
Chevelle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Chevelle Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

41
60 100
Peter, Paul and Mary is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Peter, Paul and Mary Folk music, Folk rock

42
36 98
Lady Antebellum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Lady Antebellum Country pop, Pop music, Country

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43
22 58
Rascal Flatts is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Rascal Flatts Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music

44
30 70
Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Salt-N-Pepa Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop rap

45
70 149
The Outfield is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
The Outfield New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

46
51 124
Destiny's Child is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
ColinBoddy added Destiny's Child Urban contemporary, Girl group, Hip hop music

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48 84
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Silverchair Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

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65 144
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Minutemen Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

49
22 58
Queen + Paul Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
EveryIdeaStolen added Queen + Paul Rodgers Blues-rock, Rock music, Hard rock

50
52 128
Thompson Twins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Thompson Twins Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music