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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1,157 527
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Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
744 372
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Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

3
854 409
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Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

4
1,049 594
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Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

5
759 478
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New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

6
666 363
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Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

7
722 499
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
555 467
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Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

9
507 211
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
457 328
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New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

11
307 322
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
434 416
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Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

13
304 263
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
251 221
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
300 232
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
282 232
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Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

17
313 294
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Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

18
260 288
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New Wave, Psychobilly, Rock music

19
274 369
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Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

20
194 200
America is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

21
230 174
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
181 222
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

23
168 203
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
196 201
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Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

25
192 204
James Gang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Rock music, Hard rock

26
120 111
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
117 107
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
107 120
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
150 241
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Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore

30
105 234
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
86 183
Everclear is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock

32
132 245
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Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

33
123 228
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Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

34
91 153
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
69 131
TLC is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Hip hop music, Girl group, Alternative hip hop

36
98 148
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

37
91 123
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
73 123
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
76 112
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
61 91
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
45 132
Lady Antebellum is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Country pop, Pop music, Country

42
82 174
The Outfield is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

43
40 95
Fugees is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Reggae

44
34 80
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
75 175
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Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

46
30 87
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
56 159
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
57 112
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Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

49
57 159
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
35 104
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