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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1,108 511
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Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
716 353
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Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

3
1,014 573
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Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

4
828 397
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Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

5
739 465
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New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

6
644 353
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Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

7
697 478
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
541 447
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Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

9
479 203
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
445 316
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New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

11
296 311
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
417 406
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Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

13
295 253
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
244 211
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
290 227
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
270 228
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Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

17
307 285
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Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

18
256 279
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New Wave, Psychobilly, Rock music

19
266 359
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Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

20
224 166
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
189 193
America is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

22
164 195
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
175 213
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

24
189 199
James Gang is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Rock music, Hard rock

25
188 196
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Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

26
115 105
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
109 103
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
103 114
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
148 233
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Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore

30
102 228
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
131 238
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Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

32
83 178
Everclear is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock

33
122 221
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Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

34
87 145
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
97 140
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

36
63 124
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
86 119
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
72 118
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
71 106
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 87
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
81 169
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 89
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
41 126
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 76
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
73 168
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Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

46
27 80
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
56 106
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Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

48
56 151
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
53 152
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 98
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