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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1,100 510
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Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
711 353
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Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

3
827 394
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Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

4
1,010 571
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Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

5
737 462
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New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

6
641 352
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Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

7
695 475
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

8
541 443
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Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

9
475 203
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

10
444 314
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New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

11
296 308
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

12
417 403
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Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

13
294 251
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

14
244 208
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Valdave added Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

15
287 227
Grand Funk Railroad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

16
268 227
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Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

17
306 282
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Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

18
255 276
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New Wave, Psychobilly, Rock music

19
265 357
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Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

20
223 164
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

21
187 192
America is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

22
164 192
The Jam is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

23
174 211
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

24
187 198
James Gang is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Rock music, Hard rock

25
185 196
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Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

26
113 104
Three Dog Night is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Valdave added Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Pop rock

27
106 103
Toto is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
michael-reilly added Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock, Pop music

28
102 112
The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
ColinBoddy added Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

29
148 230
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Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore

30
101 226
Train is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Adult album alternative, Blues-rock, Rock music

31
130 236
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Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

32
82 175
Everclear is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock

33
122 218
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Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

34
87 142
Dixie Chicks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
ColinBoddy added Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

35
96 138
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

36
63 121
TLC is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Hip hop music, Girl group, Alternative hip hop

37
86 117
A-ha is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
ColinBoddy added Adult album alternative, Synthpop, New Wave

38
72 116
Peter, Paul and Mary is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Folk music, Folk rock

39
71 104
Paramore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

40
56 85
Chevelle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

41
81 167
The Outfield is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

42
38 87
Fugees is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Reggae

43
41 124
Lady Antebellum is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Country pop, Pop music, Country

44
32 74
Queen + Paul Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
EveryIdeaStolen added Blues-rock, Rock music, Hard rock

45
73 166
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Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

46
27 78
Rascal Flatts is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music

47
56 104
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Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

48
56 150
Thompson Twins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

49
53 151
Destiny's Child is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
ColinBoddy added Urban contemporary, Girl group, Hip hop music

50
33 97
Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop rap