Three, oh, it's the magic number, Yeah it is, it's the magic number. Especially when it comes to rock 'n' roll.

It's time to put you the classic rock fan to the task of telling us which three-man rock band goes down as the greatest trio in rock history. Before you cast your vote let's take a look at the ten bands who have proven that three is, indeed, a magic number:

Cream - Cream is likely the first great rock trio but only be about three months. Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce formed sometime in July of 1966 while The Jimi Hendrix Experience formed around September of '66. It's hard to not vote Cream as the greatest trio ever but when you see the other nine bands on this list you may wanna give it some more thought.

Crosby, Stills, and Nash - Occasionally they have been Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young but when Neil Young can't be or doesn't want to be there the trio of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash have done just fine thank you thanks to some of the best harmonies in the history of the game.

Emerson, Lake, and Palmer - At one time in the 70s ELP was one of the biggest progressive rock bands around. Keyboardist Keith Emerson was so good he was referred to as the Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond organ. Combined with the songwriting skills of Greg Lake and Carl Palmer being one of the most respected rock drummers to come out of the 60s, this was a trio to be reckoned with.

Genesis - This band didn't start out as a trio but enjoyed their biggest success as a band of three starting in 1977 with the departure of Peter Gabriel as lead singer. Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford were all over the radio and MTV by the end of the 1980s.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell. These three are responsible for creating an album called "Are You Experienced". Do you need to know anything else?

Nirvana - The last band to change the game of rock 'n' roll. Kurt Cobain, Krist Novaselic and Dave Grohl weren't just a band in the 90s, they WERE the 90s.

The Police - Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland recorded five albums between 1978 and 1983 and every one of them were great. You would think every band would have a slip-up along the way but The Police were not every band.

Rush - The trio of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart had the respect of millions of fans and countless musicians. Finally the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame got around to realizing that this three-man band is one of the greatest bands period. Are they the greatest three-man band? Maybe.

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Stevie Ray Vaughan gets all the accolades but Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon provided him with a super-tight rhythm section that helped to create that unique SRV sound.

ZZ Top - When you talk about great rock trios you can't even think about leaving ZZ Top off the list. From gritty blues rockers of the 70s to MTV icons of the 80s to living legend status in the 90s and beyond the chemistry of Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard is something to behold. Bands like this don't come around often and there will never be another like it.

Now it's time to vote!


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