Top 10 Best 3 Man Rock BandsMost 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 voters consider to be some of the best bands that only have three members.
One of the most amazing things about Rush was their continual progression of skill and cohesion. Watching them play so incredibly well and so unified into their sixties is something that no other band (including the timeless Rolling Stones) could ever match. They will go down in history as so much more respected than they ever were in their prime. RIP to the god of skins, Mr. Peart.
Great band, great memorable riffs. 2112 concept album. Morphed from classic hard rock to progressive metal. Neil Peart, one of the all-time drummers, Alex Lifeson, a very underrated guitarist, and Geddy Lee holding it down on bass while singing, and can also play keyboards. On this list, saw Rush in '82 and Police on their last 10 concerts before they quit the first time. No comparison, Rush rules!
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.
The band was comprised of Kurt Cobain (Vocals, Guitar), Dave Grohl (Drums) and Krist Novoselic (Bass).
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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.
A band that defined a generation and changed the direction of music overnight. No one had more of an impact on a generation since the Beatles. Nirvana influenced musicians across all genres and connected with a disconnected youth looking for a voice. NIRVANA.
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!
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 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.
My personal favorite trio band is Rush, but I had to vote The Police up just because they are way too low.
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.
The essential power trio, but in fact, Hendrix should count as three persons himself! Drumming out of this world, the bass is sometimes the only solid and stable part. Somebody had to keep it together. But if Jack Bruce would have been in a band with Hendrix and Mitchell...
Hendrix is everything. Mitchell is one of the great drummers! Redding didn't seem too interested in the project at all. He was the dragalong. Hendrix makes up for him, even playing bass for him a lot on Electric Ladyland.
The best rock trio in history! Jack Bruce was an extraordinary vocalist and the master of the bass guitar. Ginger Baker is a phenomenal, innovative drummer. Eric Clapton is a guitar legend now and when he began his music career back in the 1960s. It is a shame that kids these days are not aware of the supergroup powerhouse that was Cream.
If it weren't for ego and a lack of teamwork, 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.
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.
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.
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. I think they 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 weren't popular were actually some of their best.
While Rush by far is the best trio, Green Day created some very good songs. Most of the big hits in the 2000s and '90s were Green Day thanks to Dookie and American Idiot. All due respect to Cream but come on, that band originally lasted what? 3 years? Green Day has been around for 30 years and relevant since 1994.
Green Day is the best. Although Nirvana is awesome, Green Day will forever be the greatest!
Motörhead might not be complex, but their consistency and badass live shows make them number one for me. They released over 20 studio albums, and every single one of them is good. Plus, they were active for 40 years.
Jack Daniels and cigarettes personified by Lemmy. Fast and loud.
Can't believe there aren't ANY comments on this band! They seriously stand out, above and beyond any of the other bands listed. Except of course the mellower groups, i.e., Cream, G.T.R., ZZ Top (they can roll harsh, but can be more pop or bluesy), Rush (they play fairly harshly also), and a few other bands from my era.
Compared to the other bands on this list, they had more great songs per album than any other besides Cream and Nirvana. I think Muse should be in the top three simply because they have put out more good music in 18 years than Rush did in 40.
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 perform 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.
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".
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.
If Queen and Black Sabbath never formed, Genesis would be my #1 favorite band. I don't care what anyone says, Phil Collins' Genesis beats Peter Gabriel's Genesis by a long shot. Land Of Confusion, Misunderstanding, That's All, Invisible Touch, & Follow You, Follow Me are a few of my favorites out of their playlist of great songs.
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.
Rush, Nirvana, ZZ Top, and Genesis... they changed music and inspired others, including The Police.
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. I heard of this band from a concert my dad showed me that U2 and Judas Priest played. I forget what it was called.
Rush: Neil Peart (drummer), Geddy Lee (bass, lead vocals).
Triumph: Rik Emmett (lead guitarist and lead vocals), Gil Moore (drummer).
Both are hard rock bands. We did not call bands in the 80s "hair bands" or "glam bands." They were rock, hard rock, or heavy metal. Rush and Triumph are both Canadian bands and both awesome. I miss the 80s - 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 a genuine singer. Drumming very good and Rik Emmett awesome on guitar. Check out Rik's guitar solo in Never Surrender. Hard to believe the rock video is 32 years old!
One of the best three-member bands ever. Really, they are one of a kind.
Because they're the greatest band ever? Duh.
Number one on this list.
Why the hell do I find these guys at 17? COME ON, they took the pop-punk genre to heights that have only been challenged by Green Day. Even so, many more people still love Blink-182.
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).
Several great musicians and lead vocalists in these other groups, but these 3 voices combined created incredible harmonies that none of these other bands could equal. So many great hits, but I believe that Suite Judy Blue Eyes was one of the greatest rock songs of all time! I think they should be rated much higher, in my humble opinion.
SRV is a guitarist who helped to revive blues in the 1980s 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.
Best guitarist ever. Period.
Great vocals. Live, they're incredible.
Love King's X. Only second to Rush.
Much better than Nirvana.
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 are one of a 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.
It's a shame you don't hear them more on the radio. If you've ever been to a Primus concert, you'd leave with a respect for their sound. "To defy the laws of tradition" is one of my favorite songs I've ever heard in concert.
Their songs are weird, but they are awesome. They should definitely be in the top ten, if not top 5. They are amazing. Les Claypool is an alien, his bass skills are amazing, there is no other bass player like him.
When I was thinking top 3, the first three bands that came to my mind to start with were Grand Funk (Mark, Don, & Mel), ZZ Top, and Rush. Seeing how low GFR is listed, I had to vote for them. I figure, most of it has to do with generational voting. People who know Green Day probably don't know Grand Funk Railroad.
I don't think they're the best 3-man band ever, but I had to vote for them because they're way too low on this list. They should be top ten easily.
They should definitely be in the top 10. Very underrated.
Pete sings in a way that he doesn't need the words to rhyme to be catchy. He has to do it in other ways. You can notice it in the way his vocals often use alliteration and dynamic contrast. Their riffs are often catchy, though simple. Sam is a pretty good drummer, and the songs tend to start off simple with him, but slowly he adds in more complicated fills and other drumming mechanics. Dean's bass part always complements the guitar part, and in cases like I Get It, it works perfectly with the drum part to create a unique experience. They keep getting better with every album.
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 badass three-man band that makes badass, heavy American music!
A very obscure band, but they are called "the Rush of thrash metal" because they play progressive/technical thrash metal.