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

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The Police New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

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Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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

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Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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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

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Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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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

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

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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

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Blink-182 Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

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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

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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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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

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Primus Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

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Stray Cats New Wave, Psychobilly, Rock music

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Sublime Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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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

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

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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

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

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The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
ColinBoddy added The Supremes Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

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James Gang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
James Gang Rock music, Hard rock

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Triumph Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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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

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Hüsker Dü Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore

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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

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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

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Dinosaur Jr Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

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

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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

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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

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King's X Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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

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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

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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

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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

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Peter, Paul and Mary is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Peter, Paul and Mary Folk music, Folk rock

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Chevelle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Chevelle Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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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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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

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The Outfield is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
The Outfield New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Salt-N-Pepa Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop rap

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Minutemen Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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Silverchair Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

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Destiny's Child is listed (or ranked) 48 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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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

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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