Greatest Bands With Four Members

Greatest bands with four members in their classic line-ups.
The Top Ten
1 The Beatles The Beatles were an English pop rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later... read more

The Beatles are the greatest band to grace this planet. They set the foundation for almost everything, musically. With the most versatility of any band, and truly great music, they are just greatly awesome.

The Beatles were just what we needed in the mid-60s. Something fresh, created by people who weren't afraid to create a new sound that grew with every album. They changed the global musical culture.

The greatest band ever! John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr were legends in music. The Beatles is one of the few bands in which all the members sang.

2 Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in London in 1970. The original lineup was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals), and John Deacon (bass guitar, vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band... read more

A close second to The Beatles, Queen is full of bangers, and Greatest Hits is one of my all-time favorite albums. R.I.P. Freddie Mercury.

Freddie could hit unbelievable high notes and was a great pianist and keyboardist. Roger was an unbelievable and underrated drummer. John Deacon created some of the best bass lines in rock. And don't forget about the god-like guitar skills of Brian May, who's also way too underrated.

Don't forget all four members wrote number one songs. That's a great four-piece band for you.

Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor. Another great band that has never changed its line-up.

3 Metallica Metallica is an American Heavy/Thrash Metal band formed in 1981. The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman"... read more

James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, and Cliff Burton made Metallica the best metal band ever. Although there were four different bassists in the band, Cliff was the best.

Greatest metal band there can ever be.

4 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English hard rock band formed in London in 1968 as the New Yardbirds. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums) and was very much the child of Jimmy Page who even financed their first tour. He had tasted... read more

Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham formed a legendary band in hard rock and heavy metal history. Led Zeppelin is one of the few bands that have never changed their line-up.

Everything about this band is great. Great lead singer, legendary guitar riffs, and Bonzo on the drums was raw power. They invented stadium rock.

Led Zeppelin is the greatest band of all time... period.

5 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd are an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters... read more

On Saucer Full of Secrets, there were 5 members. But also, these guys are way better than Metallica.

Different music. It's unusual and really cool!

Pink Floyd is the 3rd best band ever. They should be in the top 3 of THIS list.

6 The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and... read more

Still going now. Daltrey at Manchester singing Quadrophenia in 2013, what a night.

7 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward... read more
8 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal/rock band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass)... read more
9 ABBA ABBA are a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

ABBA has sold about half a billion record units. Only The Beatles, Elvis, and Michael Jackson have sold more than ABBA, making the four of them the highest record unit-selling bands in the history of music.

ABBA performed two sold-out concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall in 1977, as part of a multiple-country tour in early 1977. The tickets for these two concerts were only available by mail application, and the reported number of requests amounted to 3.5 million applications, which would have filled Albert Hall 580 times.

10 The Doors The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.

Timeless and distinct music that has aged like fine wine. Jim Morrison's brooding vocals, Ray Manzarek's brilliant keyboard skills, and Robby Krieger as well as John Densmore are one of the greatest bands ever. In just five years, they changed the course of rock forever. Definitely should be higher.

The Contenders
11 Van Halen Van Halen was an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, Michael Anthony, and Alex Van Halen were in the classic lineup. Sammy Hagar also played an important role for the band as a vocalist.

12 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine is a rap metal band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.
13 System of a Down System of a Down, formed in 1994, is an Armenian-American alternative metal group from Glendale, California. The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. They've always been a very political band since their inception. Often being against genocide and war most notably in songs like: Pluck,... read more

The lineup of the alternative metal band is Serj Tankian, Daron Malakian, Shavo Odadjian, and John Dolmayan. This isn't the first lineup. Andy Khachaturian was before John.

One of the best metal bands ever. I've seen.

14 Disturbed Disturbed is an American alternative metal/nu-metal/hard rock band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken".

Amazing vocals (David Draiman), amazing songs, amazing music. One epic band.

15 Pantera Pantera was an American heavy metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The band started out as a glam metal act in the 1980s with little success. After discarding their original lead vocalist and enlisting Phil Anselmo, the band signed a major record deal with... read more

Hey... you forgot Pantera. This band must be in the top 10.

16 Skillet Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States.
17 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian post-grunge/alternative rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1992 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. Their original name was Groundswell until they changed it to... read more

Adam, Neil, Brad, and Barry will always be my favorite 4-piece of all time.

18 Asia Asia is an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1981. The most commercially successful line-up was its original, which was a supergroup of four members of different progressive rock bands of the 1970s, including lead vocalist and bassist John Wetton of King Crimson, guitarist Steve Howe... read more

Such a shame that people would call this band "chick-repellent."

19 Coldplay Coldplay are a British pop rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed... read more

Great band. The four members are equally respected and acknowledged in performances. Should be higher!

Amazing band! Should be higher, these four are great.

Very underappreciated. The songs they write are incredible and can really hit me.

20 Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983.

The band's members are Anthony Kiedis (Vocals), Michael "Flea" Balzary (Bass), Chad Smith (Drums) and numerous guitarists, most well-known being John Frusciante.

The band is among the... read more

When a band is the greatest ever, it is also the greatest ever 4-piece band. You should know that.

Love their way, music, and that guitar!

21 KISS Kiss, often styled as KISS, was an American rock band formed in New York City in 1973. The original members were Paul Stanley (vocals, rhythm guitar), Gene Simmons (vocals, bass guitar), Ace Frehley (lead guitar, vocals), and Peter Criss (drums, vocals)... read more
22 Camel Camel are an English progressive rock band formed in 1971. Led by founding member Andrew Latimer, they have produced fourteen original studio albums, fourteen singles plus numerous live albums and DVDs. Without achieving mass popularity, the band gained a cult following over the years with albums such... read more
23 Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave... read more

I don't know how I forgot this band. They are great in thrash!

24 Trapt Trapt is an American post-grunge band that formed in Los Gatos, California, in 1995. They are best known for their 2002 single "Headstrong".
25 U2 U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have... read more
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