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The Best Musical Trios 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 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

Albums: Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres, Permanent Waves, Fly by Night, + more

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Rush was a Canadian rock band consisting of Geddy Lee (bass, vocals, keyboards), Alex Lifeson (guitars), and Neil Peart (drums, percussion). Formed in 1968, the band went through several ...more

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#427 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #20 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands #22 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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The Jimi Hendrix Experie... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

Albums: Electric Ladyland, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love, Live at Monterey, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, + more

The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. Composed of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and ...more

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#9 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands #31 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #32 of 544 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

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Cream is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

Albums: Disraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream, Fresh Cream, Wheels of Fire, Those Were the Days, + more

Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton. Their unique sound was characterised by a ...more

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The Best Cream Albums of All-Time #39 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #21 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

Albums: Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud, Greatest Hits, Fandango!, + more

ZZ Top is an American rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band has, since 1970, consisted of vocalist/guitarist Billy Gibbons (the band's leader, main lyricist and musical arranger), ...more

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The Best ZZ Top Songs of All Time #133 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #23 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

Albums: Nevermind, In Utero, MTV Unplugged in New York, Bleach, Heart‐Shaped Box, + more

Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, ...more

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Behind The Scenes Of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ #216 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #28 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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The Police is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

Albums: Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta, Every Breath You Take: The Singles, Outlandos d'Amour, + more

The Police were a British rock band formed in London in 1977. For most of their history the line-up consisted of Sting (lead vocals, bass guitar, primary songwriter), Andy Summers (guitar) and ...more

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The Best Police Albums of All Time #434 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #42 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

Albums: American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown, ¡Dos!, Insomniac, + more

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Green Day is an American rock band formed in 1986 by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt. For much of the band's career, they have been a trio with drummer ...more

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The Best Green Day Songs of All Time #233 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #56 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

Albums: Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, Hello Nasty, + more

The Beastie Boys were an American hip hop group from New York City formed in 1981. The group comprised Michael "Mike D" Diamond (vocals, drums), Adam "MCA" Yauch (vocals, ...more

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The Best Beastie Boys Songs #232 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #10 of 383 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

Albums: Ace of Spades, 1916, No Remorse, Motorhead: Extended Versions, Bastards, + more

Motörhead () were an English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member, guitarist Larry Wallis and ...more

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#21 of 360 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #277 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #149 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
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Albums: Saturday Night Fever, Main Course, Spirits Having Flown, Living Eyes, Size Isn't Everything, + more

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The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958. Their lineup consisted of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. The trio were especially successful as a popular music act in the late ...more

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The Best Bee Gees Albums of All Time #498 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timelisted on List of Famous Bands from Australia

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Emerson, Lake & Palm... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

Albums: Emerson Lake & Palmer, Brain Salad Surgery, Tarkus, Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends, Trilogy, + more

Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) were an English progressive rock supergroup formed in London in 1970. The band consisted of keyboardist Keith Emerson; singer, bassist, guitarist and producer ...more

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#48 of 360 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #262 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #110 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Muse is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

Albums: Origin of Symmetry, Absolution, The 2nd Law, Black Holes and Revelations, The Resistance, + more

Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of Matt Bellamy (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), Chris Wolstenholme (bass guitar, backing vocals), and ...more

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#326 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #197 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #139 of 383 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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Grand Funk Railroad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

Albums: Closer to Home, On Time, Survival, Good Singin', Good Playin', + more

Grand Funk Railroad, sometimes shortened as Grand Funk, is an American hard rock band popular during the 1970s, when they toured extensively and played to packed arenas worldwide. David Fricke ...more

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The Best Grand Funk Railroad Albums of All Time #18 of 360 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #299 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Blink-182 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

Albums: Enema of the State, Dude Ranch, blink-182, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, Cheshire Cat, + more

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Blink-182 is an American rock band formed in Poway, a suburb of San Diego, California in 1992. The band currently consists of bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker, while ...more

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One Of Blink-182’s Lead Singers Left The Band To Become An Outspoken UFO Researcher #637 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #261 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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The Cure is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

Albums: Disintegration, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, Boys Don’t Cry, Wish, Pornography, + more

The Cure is an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex in 1976. The band members have changed several times, with guitarist, lead vocalist, and songwriter Robert Smith the only constant ...more

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A Timeline Of Robert Smith's Beef With Morrissey #286 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #156 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

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

Thin Lizzy are a hard rock band formed in Dublin, Ireland, in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist and lead vocalist Phil Lynott, met while still in school. ...more

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The Best Thin Lizzy Albums of All Time #34 of 360 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #85 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Primus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

Albums: Sailing the Seas of Cheese, Pork Soda, Frizzle Fry, Tales From the Punchbowl, Brown Album, + more

Primus is an American funk metal band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry "Ler" LaLonde and drummer Tim ...more

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#729 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #661 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #242 of 279 The Greatest American Rock Bands

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The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
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Albums: 20th 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, + more

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The Supremes were an American female singing group and a premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s. Founded as The Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, the Supremes were the most ...more

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The Best Supremes Albums of All Time #27 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #117 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Three Dog Night is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time
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Albums: Naturally, Seven Separate Fools, Hard Labor, Joy to the World: Their Greatest Hits, Suitable for Framing, + more

Three Dog Night is an American rock band. They formed in 1967 with founding members consisting of vocalists Danny Hutton, Cory Wells, and Chuck Negron. This lineup was soon augmented by Jimmy ...more

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The Best Three Dog Night Albums of All Time #22 of 360 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #338 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Triumph is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

Albums: Allied Forces, Never Surrender, Rock & Roll Machine, Triumph, Thunder Seven, + more

Triumph is a Canadian hard rock band formed in 1975 that was popular in the late 1970s and the 1980s, building on its reputation and success as a live band. Between the band's 16 albums and ...more

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#268 of 360 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #440 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #209 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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America is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

Albums: Homecoming, The Complete Greatest Hits, A Horse With No Name, Perspective, America, + more

America is an American rock band that was formed in London in 1970 by Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley. The trio met as sons of US Air Force personnel stationed in London, where they ...more

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#45 of 360 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #169 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #118 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Stray Cats is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

Albums: Built for Speed, Stray Cats, Rock This Town, Shake, Rattle and Roll: Live at TK's Place, + more

Stray Cats are an American rockabilly band formed in 1979 by guitarist and vocalist Brian Setzer, double bassist Lee Rocker, and drummer Slim Jim Phantom in the Long Island town of Massapequa, ...more

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The Best Stray Cats Albums of All Time #256 of 360 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #1,151 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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James Gang is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

Albums: Rides Again, Passin' Thru, Miami, Thirds, Bang, + more

The James Gang was a rock band formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1966. The band enjoyed moderate success with the singles "Funk #49" and "Walk Away," and are perhaps best ...more

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The Best James Gang Albums of All Time #121 of 360 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #611 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Sublime is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

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

Sublime was an American ska punk band from Long Beach, California, formed in 1988. The band's line-up, unchanged until their breakup, consisted of Bradley Nowell (vocals and guitar), Eric Wilson ...more

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#446 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #453 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #208 of 279 The Greatest American Rock Bands

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The Jam is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Trios Of All-Time

Albums: All Mod Cons, In the City, Setting Sons, Snap!, The Gift, + more

The Jam were an English mod revival/punk rock band during the 1970s and early 1980s, which formed in 1972 at Sheerwater Secondary School in Woking, in the county of Surrey. While it shared the ...more

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The Best Jam Albums of All Time #278 of 360 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #804 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time