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The Best R&B Trios Of All Time 

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Updated August 14, 2019 136 votes 25 voters 1.8k views 40 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite three-member R&B groups.

Below we’re counting down the best trios in R&B music. There are a lot of iconic groups on this list of popular R&B trios. But which of these 3 piece R&B bands are your favorite?From Destiny’s Child to The Impressions, you’re sure to recognize at least some of these famous R&B music trios. Nineties fans are sure to recognize trios such as Blaque and 3LW.

Which of these R&B groups with three members do you think is the best? Vote up your favorite trio bands in R&B and if we’ve missed one, feel free to add it to the list.

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TLC is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
TLC is an American girl group whose original line-up consisted of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas. Formed in Atlanta, ...more

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The O'Jays is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
The O'Jays are an American R&B group from Canton, Ohio, formed in 1958 and originally consisting of Eddie Levert (born June 16, 1942), Walter Williams (born August 25, 1943), William Powell ...more

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Destiny's Child is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
Destiny's Child were an American girl group whose final and best-known line-up comprised Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. Formed in 1997 in Houston, Texas, Destiny's ...more

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Boyz II Men is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
Boyz II Men is an American R&B vocal group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies. They are currently a trio composed of baritone Nathan ...more

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3LW is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
3LW
3LW (initialism of "3 Little Women") was an American girl group that enjoyed a number of modest hits during the early 2000s. Its founding members were Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams, ...more

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3T is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
3T is an American R&B/pop music group featuring the three sons of Tito Jackson and Delores "Dee Dee" Jackson. The band members include, from eldest, Toriano Adaryll Jackson II, ...more
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702 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
702, named after the area code of their hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada, was an American platinum-selling trio. Originally a quartet, the group became a trio, which includes sisters Irish, and ...more

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Allure is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
Allure is an American New York-based R&B girl group that formed in the early 1990s as a quartet, now a trio, best known for their hit single "All Cried Out" with 112 which reached ...more
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Bell Biv DeVoe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
Bell Biv DeVoe is an American music group that branched off from New Edition. It consists of three members of New Edition, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe.

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Blaque is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
Blaque is an American girl group that charted from 1999 to 2004. Outside of the United States they are known as Blaque Ivory. Their debut album Blaque sold more than 1 million copies and was ...more

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Commodores is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
The Commodores are an American funk/soul band, which was at its peak in the late 1970s through the mid 1980s. The members of the group met as mostly freshmen at Tuskegee Institute in 1968, and ...more

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Danity Kane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
Danity Kane
Danity Kane was an American girl group comprising members Aubrey O'Day, Wanita "D. Woods" Woodgett, Shannon Bex, Dawn Richard and Aundrea Fimbres. Formed on the third iteration of ...more

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En Vogue is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
En Vogue is an American R&B/pop vocal group whose original lineup consisted of singers Terry Ellis, Dawn Robinson, Cindy Herron, and Maxine Jones. Formed in Oakland, California in 1989, En ...more

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The Gap Band is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
The Gap Band was an American R&B and funk band that rose to fame during the 1970s and 1980s. The band consisted of three brothers Charlie, Ronnie, and Robert Wilson; and it was named after ...more

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Guy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
Guy is an American hip hop, R&B and soul band, most closely associated with the new jack swing style of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
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H-Town is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
H-Town is an American R&B vocal group from Houston, Texas, United States. H-Town was founded in 1990 by brothers Keven "Dino" Conner (b. November 18, 1974 - January 28, 2003), ...more
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IMx is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
Immature (also known as IMx) is an American R&B boy band, managed by record producer Chris Stokes. Its members include Marques "Batman" Houston (born August 4, 1981), Jerome ...more
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Kut Klose is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
Kut Klose is an American R&B trio that formed in Atlanta, Georgia. The three female singers that made up the group were Athena Cage, Lavonn Battle and Tabitha Duncan. The girls were ...more
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Labelle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
Labelle is an American all female singing group who were a popular vocal group of the 1960s and 1970s. The group was formed after the disbanding of two rival girl groups in the ...more

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Martha and the Vandellas... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
Martha and the Vandellas were an American vocal group who found fame in the 1960s with a string of hit singles on Motown's Gordy label. Founded in 1960 by friends Annette Beard, Rosalind Ashford ...more

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Mis-Teeq is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
Mis-Teeq were an English UK garage girl group, consisting of lead singer Sabrina Washington, rapper/singer/songwriter Alesha Dixon and backing singer Su-Elise Nash. The group had three top ten ...more
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The Pointer Sisters is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
The Pointer Sisters are an American R&B singing group from Oakland, California, who achieved mainstream success during the 1970s and 1980s. Spanning over four decades, their repertoire has ...more

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Sugababes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
Sugababes
The Sugababes were a British girl group formed in 1998 by Siobhán Donaghy, Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan. Their debut album, One Touch, was released in the UK through London Records on ...more

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SWV is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
SWV, (Sisters With Voices) is an American R&B vocal trio from New York City, New York whose members are Cheryl (Coko) Gamble, Tamara (Taj) Johnson and Leanne (Lelee) Lyons. Formed in 1988 as ...more

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The Blossoms is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best R&B Trios Of All Time
The Blossoms are an American girl-group group that initially originated from California. During their height of success in the 1960s, the group's lineup most famously consisted of Darlene Love, ...more