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The Best Rock Trios Of All Time

Updated March 9, 2021 9.9k votes 1.2k voters 11.2k views58 items

List RulesVote up your favorite three-person rock groups.

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

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

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    The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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

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    The Police

    New Wave, 2 Tone
    The Police were a British rock band formed in London in 1977. For most of their history the...  more

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    The Warning

    Alternative rock, Hard rock
    The Warning is a rock band from Monterrey, Mexico, started in 2013 by three sisters. Daniela...  more
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    ZZ Top

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock
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    Rock music, Grunge
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    Double Trouble is an American blues rock band from Austin, Texas, formed by guitarist/singer...  more

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    Rock music, Pop rock
    Genesis were an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey, in 1967....  more

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    Emerson, Lake & Palmer

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

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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal
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    Grand Funk Railroad

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock
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    Green Day

    Pop punk, Rock music
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    James Gang

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

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    Beastie Boys

    Hip hop music, Pop punk
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal
    Triumph is a Canadian hard rock band formed in 1975 that was popular in the late 1970s and the...  more

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

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

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    Stray Cats

    New Wave, Psychobilly
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    George Thorogood & The Destroyers

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock
    George Thorogood & The Destroyers is an American blues rock band comprised of Thorogood and...  more


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    The Supremes

    Girl group, Doo-wop
    The Supremes were an American female singing group and a premier act of Motown Records during...  more

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

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    The Crickets

    Lubbock sound, Rock and roll
    The Crickets are an American rock and roll band from Lubbock, Texas, formed by...  more


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    King’s X

    Progressive metal, Rock music
    King's X is an American rock band that combines progressive metal, funk and soul with vocal...  more

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    Violent Femmes

    Alternative rock, Punk rock
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