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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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2
867 460
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Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

3
627 384
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The Police New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

4
691 332
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

5
572 310
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Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

6
535 301
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ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

7
591 381
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

8
475 358
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Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

9
372 162
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

10
381 265
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Motörhead New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

11
246 259
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

12
361 334
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Blink-182 Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

13
243 198
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

14
192 162
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

15
228 202
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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258 234
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Primus Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

17
222 205
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

18
223 240
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Stray Cats New Wave, Psychobilly, Rock music

19
191 124
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
The Cure New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

20
237 308
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Sublime Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

21
151 162
America is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
America Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

22
140 157
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

23
148 172
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

24
75 82
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

25
151 178
James Gang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
James Gang Rock music, Hard rock

26
143 173
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Triumph Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

27
93 180
Train is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Train Adult album alternative, Blues-rock, Rock music

28
126 188
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Hüsker Dü Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore

29
78 89
Three Dog Night is listed (or ranked) 29 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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70 82
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

31
73 138
Everclear is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Everclear Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock

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117 197
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Dinosaur Jr Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

33
50 79
TLC is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
TLC Hip hop music, Girl group, Alternative hip hop

34
65 108
Dixie Chicks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
ColinBoddy added Dixie Chicks Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

35
98 186
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King's X Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

36
78 115
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Mountain Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

37
69 84
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

38
57 72
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

39
40 55
Chevelle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Chevelle Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

40
27 53
Fugees is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Fugees Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Reggae

41
34 88
Lady Antebellum is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Lady Antebellum Country pop, Pop music, Country

42
52 94
Peter, Paul and Mary is listed (or ranked) 42 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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44 74
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Silverchair Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

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26 62
Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Salt-N-Pepa Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop rap

45
66 140
The Outfield is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
The Outfield New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

46
16 49
Rascal Flatts is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Rascal Flatts Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music

47
19 51
Queen + Paul Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 47 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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60 136
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Minutemen Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

49
49 120
Thompson Twins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Thompson Twins Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

50
44 113
Destiny's Child is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
ColinBoddy added Destiny's Child Urban contemporary, Girl group, Hip hop music