Best 3 Man Rock Bands


Most bands have a total of four of five members. However, there is that rare instance where only 3 people get together and are able to create some amazing tunes. These are what I consider to be some of the best bands that only had three members. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Alex, full of life and what a writer, arranger, manager. Geddy Lee, so much talent, such energy and personality... A front man adored by all. Neil, unmatched with the sticks and his words are the missing element other bands long for... Please come down from the razor's edge and know that they are waiting for you where the streets have no name.
It was obvious that Rush would be on this list. Geddy Lee's ability to play bass, keyboards, AND sing is widely recognized. Neil Peart's drumming is widely recognized amongst the greatest styles of drumming, and Alex Lifeson takes his hard style of guitar playing and contributes to the prog rock sound of this Canadian trio.


Rush is one of the bands that nobody hates. As opposed to like Nickelback they don't have any haters unlike Nickelback.
[Newest]Rush is the best 3-man band ever. Period.

Nirvana is one! None of these bands are really my generation but green day isn't that good so top 3 obviously nirvana rush and jimi hendrix experience. I feel compelled to look up these other bands ahead of nirvana but chevelle should be on this list as well above police and green day because there music sounds so similar to each other meaning all police songs sound the same and all green day songs sound the same.
The Nevermind album is widely considered to be a gem by many music fans and critics. They followed it up with In Utero, which challenged poser Nirvana fans with true supporters. It's a shame Cobain had to kill himself, or who knows what kind of music Nirvana would be releasing nowadays.


COME ON PEOPLE! I guarantee you that most have not heard of any of the above aside from rush and jimi hendrix. Like rush and hendrix they created a whole new genre and yet they are still underneath triumph! VOTE NOW!
[Newest]The best, not rush

3The Jimi Hendrix Experience
One of the earliest three man bands, The Jimi Hendrix Experience was well known for their technical skill, as well as the way that Jimi would set his guitar on fire or play it with his teeth. It's a shame that Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell don't get any credit for their contributions to music.


4The Police
One of New Wave's most iconic groups, Sting is an example of singers who also play the bass. Stewart Copeland doesn't get enough credit as a drummer. All 5 of their albums produced hit singles (Roxanne, Message in a Bottle, Don't Stand So Close to Me, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Every Breath You Take), and they recently did a reunion tour a few years ago.


All Police songs do not sound the same and if you dig deeper and take the time to listen to their stuff that is not heard on radio then you would have to give them more credit than you do. My definition of a classic album is one that you play the entire side then flip it over and listen to the other side also, very rare indeed, but I think all the police albums qualify.

One of the earliest supergroups in rock history, Cream's album Disraeli Gears is widely regarded as their best album. Launching Eric Clapton into the mainstream world of rock helps your cause. Hearing them at their best live is possible on the double album Wheels of Fire.


If it weren't for ego and a lack of team work. I think Cream would still be around today. But Bruce and Baker had a serious rivalry which in the end destroyed the band. Sad but true. I could listen to them for hours and be hypnotized by Clapton's voice and the floaty sound of the music.
The Rock N Roll Dream Team

6Green Day
Well the early stuff was just flat out fun, and didn't care to impress anyone. I think that after nimrod they declined a bit but warning had two good singles and then they took a chance with American idiot and I think proved how complex a three man group can be, there's some amazing writing on that album. Although not as popular 21st Century Breakdown was the most complex thing they did yet, and some of the songs that werent popular were actually some of their best
Green Day are amazing, most bands try to make their songs complex and build too much on the structure, but Green Day don't and their music is some of the worlds best
Green Day are one of the most well known and popular bands there are they had set the bar for 3 man bands around the world

7ZZ Top
Blues rock and hard rock never sounded finer. Recognizable for their long beards, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill's guitar tones are some of the smoothest, yet roughest in rock. Their drummer, Frank Beard (who ironically has no beard), is technically strong and able to produce beats that people want to get up and dance to.


Before Eliminator, these guys maintained a sex and alcohol induced blues rock empire, they have so many riffs used in heavy metal today, and their groove is unlike anything anyone's ever heard. Dusty and Billy have some of the best voices
Definitely one of the best bands! My children are 17, 20, 26, 28 and they are still listening, dancing and enjoying ZZ Top! Makes me proud.

... The way they preform and the way their music can be soft and cool they can get very heavy with this good variety of songs they should be at the top
The fact that such a small bad can have such a full and unique sound. amazing vocals, clever lyrics and a true meaning to music. they should have been first in my opinion. they're also considered one of the greatest live performers in the world!
Muse is the band ever. I love their energy in the concerts. Their songs touch my heart!
[Newest]Should be in top 5!

9Emerson, Lake, and Palmer
Prog rock legends Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, and Carl Palmer became famous due to the song "Lucky Man". However, the album that most people associate them with is "Brain Salad Surgery", which features the almost 30 minute epic "Karn Evil 9".


I love Progress. music and love most of all the bands in it or were in it. Hands down, without a doubt, no question its ELP. Yes they had some bad albums in the end but during their rise thru the 70;s They ruled in every way and no one who saw them during this time period would say different Thanks fellas You H "ELP" ed my life. Laugh out loud
They are the #1 three man band of all time hands down!

10Crosby, Stills, and Nash
Even though they are sometimes joined by Neil Young, this group's first album was a classic in every meaning of the word. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes may not sound familiar to you at first, but you'll eventually realize it. They were able to get Neil Young to join them and create the well-received Deja Vu album. Plus, all the members were already members of great rock bands (The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Hollies).


The Contenders

11Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
SRV is a guitarist who helped to revive blues in the 1980's with the Texas Flood album. After a string of solid albums, he died in a plane crash, thus ending the trend that Stevie Ray and Double Trouble helped develop. They have slowly developed a stronger fan following among younger classic rock fans.


It's a shame that not a lot of people know about this band. VERY similar to Rush, except their lead singer is the drummer! Notable songs include Magic Power, Hold On, and Lay It On the Line. Heard of this band from a concert my dad showed me that U2 and Judas Priest played it, I forget what it was called.


Rush= Neil Peart Drummer Geddy Lee Bass lead vocals
Triumph Rick Emmett lead guitarist and lead vocals Gil Moore Drummer
Both are Hard Rock we did not call band in the 80's "Hair Bands" or "Glammer Bands" they were Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal. Rush and Triumph both Canadian Bands and both awesome. I miss the 80's we had real music.
Other than Rush I think Triumph had a more "complete" sound than other 3 man bands.

I know Genesis originally had 5 members, but when Phil Collins fronted Genesis, he helped make Genesis a household name. While that may be a bad thing in some people's eyes, he still managed to make some great progressive rock style songs with Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks.


14Blink 182
Because they're the greatest band ever? Duh
Blink of couse who else? By the way green day is technically a 4 man band.

15The Beastie Boys

Pete's vocals, melodic riffs and insanely well written lyrics are unmatched by any band out there. It's a shame they're not as popular as sissy bands like nickelback.
Chevelle is just a bad ass three man band, that makes bad ass heavy American music!
They rock our asses off!
[Newest]My favorite band, great lyrics and heavy riffs


Primus is not just a 3 man band. Is a 3 man band whose singer/bassist is the best bassist in the world (or one of those) and can sing while playing pretty difficult lines.

19The Prodigy

20Violent Femmes
People only look at blister in the sun and think that is the violent femmes but come on they have so much death and talk about such emotion in such a great way how can you not love them...especially kiss off
Awesome also American music

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