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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1,131 518
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Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
728 362
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Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

3
1,028 582
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Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

4
837 404
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Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

5
748 471
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New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

6
655 356
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Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

7
706 487
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
548 456
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Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

9
493 205
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
448 323
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New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

11
301 317
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
422 411
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Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

13
298 260
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
247 217
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
296 229
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
278 230
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Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

17
309 292
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Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

18
258 285
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New Wave, Psychobilly, Rock music

19
271 365
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Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

20
193 198
America is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

21
227 171
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

22
179 219
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

23
166 201
The Jam is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

24
193 199
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Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

25
192 202
James Gang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Rock music, Hard rock

26
119 109
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
116 104
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
106 118
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
149 239
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Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore

30
105 232
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
85 181
Everclear is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock

32
131 243
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Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

33
90 150
Dixie Chicks is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
ColinBoddy added Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

34
122 226
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Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

35
98 145
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

36
66 128
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
89 122
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
73 122
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
60 90
Chevelle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

40
74 110
Paramore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

41
44 130
Lady Antebellum is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Country pop, Pop music, Country

42
40 93
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
82 173
The Outfield is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

44
34 79
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
74 174
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Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

46
29 85
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
55 157
Destiny's Child is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
ColinBoddy added Urban contemporary, Girl group, Hip hop music

48
56 111
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Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

49
56 158
Thompson Twins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

50
34 103
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