When it comes to music, nothing beats the power of three. From the dreamy, LA-based group, Haim, who’s latest album, Something To Tell You was released last month, to R&B royalty like Destiny’s Child and TLC, the unforgettable sounds of the Bee Gees, and grunge sensation, Nirvana, here are 13 essential albums from musical trios to stream right this moment.
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1. Haim – Something To Tell You
The second album from the LA-based sisters is a melodic and pop-rock album full of heartbreak, longing and betrayal. It features the upbeat pop feel fans know and love with a nod to Motown and funk of the 1970s and 80s.
2. Bee Gees – The Ultimate Bee Gees
With hits like “Staying Alive” and “You Should Be Dancing,” this re-released compilation album captures the timeless energy and musical flair of the Bee Gees that was released to coincide with their 50th anniversary.
3. Green Day – American Idiot
Punk rock bad asses, Green Day and their American Idiot album reflects the political divisiveness in post-9/11 US and electrified fans with explosive singles like “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Wake Me When September Ends” and of course, “American Idiot.” The album’s themes still ring true
4. Destiny’s Child – Survivor
As the third album from Destiny’s Child, Survivor quickly hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, cementing Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams as one of the decade’s best pop trios (and establishing the three as solo stars in their own right). From “Bootylicious” to “Survivor,” their infectious music still gets heads nodding and bodies moving even over a decade later.
5. Bell Biv DeVoe – Bell Biv DeVoe Greatest Hits
As original members of New Edition, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe went for a more street-oriented approach to contemporary R&B in the early 90s with Bell Biv DeVoe. Their greatest hits album (released in 2000) features chart topping songs including “Poison” and “Do Me!”
6. TLC – Fanmail
TLC’s long-awaited third LP was named and dedicated to their fans. The album covers the spectrum of late-90s R&B, bringing together stylized futurism, sensual Babyface-produced ballads and propulsive jams like “No Scrubs” and “Unpretty.” It’s also the last album before group member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’ untimely death.
7. Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me Out
Sleater-Kinney’s Dig Me Out features a punk rock-filled collection of love songs and catchy dance numbers with messages of empowerment, raw emotions and feminism. Oh, and lots of attitude.
8. Fugees – The Score
The Fugees lept to the top of the charts, thanks to the power of reinventing a classic from Robert Flack’s “Killing Me Softly” for a modern pop audience that couldn’t get enough of the trio’s dynamic combo of singing, rapping and storytelling.
9. Nirvana – Nevermind (Remastered)
Nevermind remains one of the most exhilarating and pivotal albums of all time. Not only did Nevermind serve as the band’s own breakthrough product; it also helped usher in grunge and alternative rock as the dominant sounds on radio and MTV.
10. Wilson Phillips – Wilson Phillips
With their harmony-rich sounds, Wilson Phillips and their self-titled first album soared to the top of the Billboard charts with their three unforgettable singles including, “Hold On,” “Release Me,” and “You’re in Love.”
11. Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill
With more than 20 million albums sold, Licensed to Ill gained historical success thanks to the trio’s rap flows, unapologetic beats and music samples from recognizable rock ‘n’ roll licks, like AC/DC’s “TNT” riff on “No Sleep Til Brooklyn” or Led Zeppelin cuts used on “Rhymin & Stealin” and “She’s Crafty.”
12. The Police – Synchronicity
Boasting pithy verses with reggae and pop fusion, Synchronicity, the Police’s fifth and finest album, is about things ending — the world; relationships and marriage; and God. Depressing or dynamic? You be the judge.
13. Rush – 2112
Regarded as a major influence on hard rock, progressive rock and heavy metal, 2112 features spellbinding sci-fi storytelling with colorful tracks, ranging from fun to introspective to ferocious.
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