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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1,069 502
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Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
814 376
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Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

3
690 344
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Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

4
727 443
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New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

5
991 552
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Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

6
618 346
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Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

7
684 454
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
532 425
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Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

9
458 193
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
433 299
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New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

11
290 291
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
410 385
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Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

13
288 236
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
238 192
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
267 224
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
301 266
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Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

17
251 223
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Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

18
247 263
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New Wave, Psychobilly, Rock music

19
262 341
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Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

20
220 150
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
162 178
The Jam is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

22
173 190
America is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

23
172 197
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

24
100 98
The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
ColinBoddy added Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

25
175 194
James Gang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Rock music, Hard rock

26
168 194
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Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

27
100 102
Three Dog Night is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Valdave added Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Pop rock

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146 215
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Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore

29
92 101
Toto is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
michael-reilly added Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock, Pop music

30
99 212
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
130 221
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Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

32
85 128
Dixie Chicks is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
ColinBoddy added Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

33
80 160
Everclear is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock

34
121 204
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Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

35
62 105
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
92 127
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

37
84 102
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
71 103
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
69 91
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
53 72
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
38 72
Fugees is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Reggae

42
39 110
Lady Antebellum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Country pop, Pop music, Country

43
75 156
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
25 65
Rascal Flatts is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music

45
71 152
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Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

46
54 90
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Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

47
26 65
Queen + Paul Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
EveryIdeaStolen added Blues-rock, Rock music, Hard rock

48
55 137
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
53 137
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
31 83
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