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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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Rush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
Rush is a Canadian rock band formed in August 1968 in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. The band is composed of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee; guitarist and ...more
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Cream is listed (or ranked) 2 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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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 that formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band comprises guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, bassist and co-lead vocalist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank ...more
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience 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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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double ... is listed (or ranked) 5 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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The Police is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk
The Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. For the majority of their history, the band consisted of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland. The Police became globally ...more
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James Gang is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Grand Funk Railroad is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
Grand Funk Railroad is an American blues rock band that was highly popular during the 1970s, touring extensively and playing to packed arenas worldwide. David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine ...more
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock
Emerson, Lake & Palmer, also known as ELP, were a sporadically active English progressive rock supergroup power trio. They found success in the 1970s, have sold over forty million albums and ...more
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Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 10 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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George Thorogood & The Destroy... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
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
12
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock
Genesis are an English rock band formed in Godalming, Surrey in 1967, with Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Anthony Phillips as founding members. The band has had numerous line-ups ...more
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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 are an English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser Kilmister, professionally known by his stage name Lemmy, who has remained the sole ...more
14
Stray Cats is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
New Wave, Psychobilly, Rock music
The 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 ...more
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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 15 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. Green Day's members include Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool. Green Day was originally part of the punk scene at the DIY ...more
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Them Crooked Vultures is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Rock music, Alternative rock, Hard rock
Them Crooked Vultures is a rock supergroup formed in Los Angeles in 2009 by John Paul Jones, Dave Grohl, and Josh Homme. The group also includes guitarist Alain Johannes during live ...more
17
Everclear is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock
Everclear is an American alternative rock band formed in Portland, Oregon in 1991. The band was formed by Art Alexakis, the band's lead songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist; and for most of the ...more
18
Wolfmother is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia
Wolfmother are an Australian hard rock band. Formed in 2004 by vocalist and guitarist Andrew Stockdale, bassist and keyboardist Chris Ross, and drummer Myles Heskett, the band is currently a ...more
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Primus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock
Primus is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry "Ler" LaLonde and drummer Tim "Herb" ...more
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Sublime is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music
Sublime was an American ska punk and alternative rock band from Long Beach, California, formed in 1988. The band's line-up, unchanged until their breakup, consisted of Bradley Nowell, Eric ...more
21
Seether is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge
Seether is a South African rock band founded in 1999 in Pretoria, South Africa. The band was originally formed under the name Saron Gas until renaming it to Seether in 2002. Disclaimer is their ...more
22
Chevelle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music
Chevelle is an American alternative metal band that formed in 1995 in Grayslake, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The band was originally composed of brothers: Pete Loeffler, Sam Loeffler and Joe ...more
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Muse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music
Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The band consists of Matthew Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard. They are known for their energetic and ...more
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The Reverend Horton Heat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Trios Of All Time
Psychobilly, Rock music, Rockabilly
The Reverend Horton Heat is the stage name of American musician Jim Heath as well as the name of his Dallas, Texas-based psychobilly trio. Heath is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. One ...more
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The Outfield is listed (or ranked) 25 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