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The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

Updated May 21, 2020 37.1k votes 5.5k voters 152.0k views110 items

List Rules3 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 bands with 3 members 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

    AlbumsMoving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres, Permanent Waves, Fly by Night

    Rush was a Canadian rock band consisting of Geddy Lee (bass, vocals, keyboards), Alex Lifeson...  more

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    The Jimi Hendrix Experience

    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul

    AlbumsElectric Ladyland, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love, Live at Monterey, The Jimi Hendrix Experience

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster,...  more

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    Cream

    Blues-rock, Classic rock

    AlbumsDisraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream, Fresh Cream, Wheels of Fire, Those Were the Days

    Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce,...  more

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    ZZ Top

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock

    AlbumsTres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud, Greatest Hits, Fandango!

    ZZ Top is an American rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band has, since 1970,...  more

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    The Police

    New Wave, 2 Tone

    AlbumsSynchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta, Every Breath You Take: The Singles, Outlandos d'Amour

    The Police were a British rock band formed in London in 1977. For most of their history the...  more

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    Nirvana

    Rock music, Grunge

    AlbumsNevermind, In Utero, MTV Unplugged in New York, Bleach, Heart‐Shaped Box

    Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and...  more

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    Emerson, Lake & Palmer

    Rock music, Progressive rock

    AlbumsEmerson Lake & Palmer, Brain Salad Surgery, Tarkus, Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends, Trilogy

    Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) were an English progressive rock supergroup formed in London in...  more

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    #178 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#47 of 356 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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    Green Day

    Pop punk, Rock music

    AlbumsAmerican Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown, ¡Dos!, Insomniac

    Green Day is an American rock band formed in 1986 by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe...  more

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    Motörhead

    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal

    AlbumsAce of Spades, 1916, No Remorse, Motorhead: Extended Versions, Bastards

    Motörhead () were an English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter...  more

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    Beastie Boys

    Hip hop music, Pop punk

    AlbumsPaul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, Hello Nasty

    The Beastie Boys were an American hip hop group from New York City formed in 1981. The group...  more

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    Grand Funk Railroad

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock

    AlbumsCloser to Home, On Time, Survival, Good Singin', Good Playin'

    Grand Funk Railroad, sometimes shortened as Grand Funk, is an American hard rock band popular...  more

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    Bee Gees

    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul

    AlbumsSaturday Night Fever, Main Course, Spirits Having Flown, Living Eyes, Size Isn't Everything

    The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958. Their lineup consisted of brothers Barry,...  more

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    Triumph

    Progressive metal, Heavy metal

    AlbumsAllied Forces, Never Surrender, Rock & Roll Machine, Triumph, Thunder Seven

    Triumph is a Canadian hard rock band formed in 1975 that was popular in the late 1970s and the...  more

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    The Cure

    New Wave, Gothic rock

    AlbumsDisintegration, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, Boys Don’t Cry, Wish, Pornography

    The Cure is an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex in 1976. The band members have...  more

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    The Supremes

    Girl group, Doo-wop

    Albums20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection: The Best of The Supremes, Diana Ross & the Supremes: 20 Golden Greats, Love Child, Diana Ross & the Supremes: Greatest Hits, Where Did Our Love Go

    The Supremes were an American female singing group and a premier act of Motown Records during...  more

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    Primus

    Progressive metal, Rock music

    AlbumsSailing the Seas of Cheese, Pork Soda, Frizzle Fry, Tales From the Punchbowl, Brown Album

    Primus is an American funk metal band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed...  more

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    Three Dog Night

    Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

    AlbumsNaturally, Seven Separate Fools, Hard Labor, Joy to the World: Their Greatest Hits, Suitable for Framing

    Three Dog Night is an American rock band. They formed in 1967 with founding members consisting...  more

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    Thin Lizzy

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock

    AlbumsLive and Dangerous, Dedication: The Very Best of Thin Lizzy, Renegade, Jailbreak (bonus disc), Vagabonds of the Western World

    Thin Lizzy are a hard rock band formed in Dublin, Ireland, in 1969. Two of the founding...  more

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    Blink-182

    Pop punk, Rock music

    AlbumsEnema of the State, Dude Ranch, blink-182, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, Cheshire Cat

    Blink-182 is an American rock band formed in Poway, a suburb of San Diego, California in 1992....  more

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    Muse

    Alternative Rock, Electronica

    AlbumsOrigin of Symmetry, Absolution, The 2nd Law, Black Holes and Revelations, The Resistance

    Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of...  more

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    America

    Classic rock, Rock music

    AlbumsHomecoming, The Complete Greatest Hits, A Horse With No Name, Perspective, America

    America is an American rock band that was formed in London in 1970 by Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek,...  more

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    James Gang

    Rock music, Hard rock

    AlbumsRides Again, Passin' Thru, Miami, Thirds, Bang

    The James Gang was a rock band formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1966. The band enjoyed moderate...  more

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    Stray Cats

    New Wave, Psychobilly

    AlbumsBuilt for Speed, Stray Cats, Rock This Town, Shake, Rattle and Roll: Live at TK's Place

    Stray Cats are an American rockabilly band formed in 1979 by guitarist and vocalist Brian...  more

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    Sublime

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsSublime: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, 40oz. to Freedom, Sublime Acoustic: Bradley Nowell & Friends, Robbin' the Hood, Second-Hand Smoke

    Sublime was an American ska punk band from Long Beach, California, formed in 1988. The band's...  more

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    Peter, Paul and Mary

    Folk music, Folk rock

    AlbumsPeter, Paul and Mary, Peter, Paul and Mommy, In the Wind

    Peter, Paul and Mary were a United States folk-singing trio whose nearly 50-year career began...  more

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