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The Best Rock Trios Of All Time  

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Rock fans, this list is for you. We’re ranking the best trios in rock music. Is it The Police - or are you more of a Nirvana fan? Either way, you should find some of your favorites on this list of famous rock music trios.

Rush and Muse are two other great examples of 3 piece rock bands that we can’t stop listening to. Genesis is a good example of a more classic rock trio, while HAIM is one of our favorite recent rock bands with three members.

Who are your favorite rock groups with three members? Check out our list, and be sure to vote your favorite trio bands in rock music up to the top of the list. And if we’ve missed one of the popular rock trios that you love, feel free to add it to the list. 

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Cream is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music
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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#84 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #18 of 353 The Greatest Classic Rock Bandsfeaturing The Best Cream Albums of All-Time

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Rush is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
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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#74 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #186 of 465 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers #28 of 353 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
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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#92 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #26 of 353 The Greatest Classic Rock Bandsfeaturing The Best ZZ Top Songs of All Time

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The Jimi Hendrix Experie... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music
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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#7 of 353 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands #98 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #14 of 626 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

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The Police is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk
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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#27 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #35 of 353 The Greatest Classic Rock Bandsfeaturing The Best Police Albums of All Time

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Stevie Ray Vaughan and D... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Double Trouble is an American blues rock band from Austin, Texas, formed by guitarist/singer Stevie Ray Vaughan in 1978. The group was active throughout the 1980s and responsible for reviving ...more

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#467 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #84 of 353 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands #142 of 505 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock
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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#19 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #127 of 465 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singersfeaturing The Best Nirvana Songs

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Emerson, Lake & Palm... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock
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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#22 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame #155 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #83 of 353 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Grand Funk Railroad is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
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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#24 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame #360 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timefeaturing The Best Grand Funk Railroad Albums of All Time

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James Gang is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Rock music, Hard rock
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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#219 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame #689 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timefeaturing The Best James Gang Albums of All Time

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George Thorogood & T... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
George Thorogood & The Destroyers Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Heartland rock
George Thorogood & The Destroyers is an American blues rock band comprised of Thorogood and his band, The Delaware Destroyers. With his band, Thorogood has released over 20 albums, of which ...more

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#458 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #127 of 257 The Best Blues Artists of All Time #98 of 354 The Greatest American Rock Bands

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Genesis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock
Genesis were an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey, in 1967. The most successful and longest-lasting line-up consisted of keyboardist Tony Banks, ...more

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#34 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #150 of 465 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singersfeaturing The Best Genesis Albums of All Time

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Motörhead is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music
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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#15 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame #209 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #251 of 465 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers

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The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Scott Merritt added Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul
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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#235 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #179 of 353 The Greatest Classic Rock Bandsfeaturing The Best Supremes Albums of All Time

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Stray Cats is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
New Wave, Psychobilly, Rock music
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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#160 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame #1,639 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timefeaturing The Best Stray Cats Albums of All Time

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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock
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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#126 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #87 of 465 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singersfeaturing The Best Green Day Songs of All Time

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Muse is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Alternative Rock, Electronica
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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#199 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #131 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #59 of 626 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

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Hüsker Dü is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore
Hüsker Dü was an American rock band formed in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1979. The band's continual members were guitarist/vocalist Bob Mould, bassist Greg Norton, and drummer/vocalist ...more

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#87 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame #747 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #417 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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King's X is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
King's X is an American rock band that combines progressive metal, funk and soul with vocal arrangements influenced by gospel, blues, and British Invasion rock groups. Despite a largely ...more

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#1,339 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #1,671 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Timefeaturing The Best King's X Albums of All Time

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Primus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock
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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#758 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #297 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #90 of 410 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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Sublime is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music
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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#370 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #228 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #38 of 410 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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The Outfield is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music
The Outfield is an English pop rock/power pop power trio based in Manchester, England. The Outfield is unusual for a British band in that it enjoyed commercial success in the U.S., but never ...more

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#287 of 353 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands #1,836 of 2,219 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #225 of 505 The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

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Violent Femmes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Alternative rock, Punk rock, Folk punk
{{Infobox musical artist | name = Violent Femmes | image = Violent Femmes 8221.jpg | caption = Violent Femmes, 2006 | background = group_or_band | origin = Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. | genre = | ...more

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#107 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame #1,377 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Timefeaturing The Best Violent Femmes Albums of All Time

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The Third Power is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Thomas Salvner added The Third Power rock
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Los Lonely Boys is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music
Los Lonely Boys are an American Chicano rock power trio from San Angelo, Texas. They play a style of music they call "Texican Rock n' Roll," combining elements of rock and roll, Texas ...more

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#227 of 257 The Best Blues Artists of All Time #458 of 1,069 The Worst Bands of All Time #11 of 38 The Best Boy Bands Wink