Best 3 Man Rock Bands

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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.

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1Rush

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. - c0mf0rta61ynum6

When Geddy and Alex first met in school I bet they never thought they would create something almost like a religion. Each member of this group feeds off of each other, that's why if someone left the band, it would end because no other person could step into that role,

Best 3 man band on the planet, after 40 years as of now, they still maintain their original line up and each member is incredible at what they do

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2Nirvana

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. - c0mf0rta61ynum6

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!

The best, not rush

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3The 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. - c0mf0rta61ynum6

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.

IF STEWART WASN'T ALWAYS TRYING TO PROVOKE STING WE MAY HAVE HAD MORE THAN 5 ALBUMS.

My standing #3 band (after Rush and ELP).

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4ZZ 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. - c0mf0rta61ynum6

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.

ZZ Top is awesome!

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5Green 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

Something that is better than best! Sounds like Green Day to me.

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6The 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. - c0mf0rta61ynum6

I sadly admit I did not know this was a trio. Great band.

7Cream

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. - c0mf0rta61ynum6

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.

Although Rush is one of my favorites, I had to vote for Cream; they, along with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, helped pioneer psychedelic rock. - LizardKing99

8Muse

They are AMAZING never before have I become so hooked on a particular band or group absolutely love their music wish there were more like them. And their live performances exceed anything I have EVER seen before

... 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!

Three persons but the music sounds like 5 or 6 man bands

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9Stevie 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. - c0mf0rta61ynum6

10Triumph

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. - c0mf0rta61ynum6

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.

Greatest 3 man band ever and even better than rush. The lead guitarist and drummer took turns doing lead vocals. Either one was genuine singer. Drumming very good and rik Emmett awesome on guitar. Check out riks guitar solo in never surrender. Hard to believe the rock video is 32 years old!

Other than Rush I think Triumph had a more "complete" sound than other 3 man bands.

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The Newcomers

?Thirty Seconds to Mars
?The Script

Lead singer has a bloody amazing voice and songs are great too

Lyrics are touching, songs are beautiful

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The Contenders

11Emerson, Lake, and Palmer

I put them ahead of Rush for one reason: they set the standard for rock of this type. The orchestral, sweeping melodies, the showmanship and ability to change from rock to classical to jazz and back to rock is unparalleled. This is not to discredit Rush in any way, or the boundaries crossed by the brilliant Police, but this is the pinnacle of trios. If only they were still playing but they're all doing different stuff now.

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". - c0mf0rta61ynum6

ELP is second only to Rush for being a musically accomplished band. Musically talented, deep lyrics, classical training. Only youth and ignorance of voters accounts for their poor showing on this poll.

They are the #1 three man band of all time hands down!

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12Crosby, 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). - c0mf0rta61ynum6

13Blink 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.

14Genesis

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. - c0mf0rta61ynum6

15Motörhead
16The Beastie Boys
17Chevelle

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!

My favorite band, great lyrics and heavy riffs

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18The Prodigy
19Primus

This list makes me laugh. Claypool, Larry LaLonde, and Tim Alexander are all in the top 50 of their instruments. Les's vocals and songwriting is one of kind, not to mention his incredible bass skills. Tim Alexander rivals people like Danny Carey & Gavin Harrison as the greatest drummer of all time. Larry LaLonde is essentially Eddie Van Halen and John Frusciante put together.

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.

20King's X

Great vocals. Live they're incredible.

All time favorite live band

Love king's X, only 2nd to Rush.

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