ZZ Top

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ZZ Top /ˈzztɒp/ is a rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. Current members are bassist and lead vocalist Dusty Hill, guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons (the band's leader, main lyricist and musical arranger), and drummer Frank Beard. One of just a few major label recording groups with the same lineup for more than 45 years, critics and fellow musicians praise ZZ Top for its technical mastery. "As genuine roots musicians, they have few peers," according to former musician, critic and collector Michael "Cub" Coda. "Gibbons is one of America's finest blues guitarists working in the arena rock idiom [...] while Hill and Beard provide the ultimate rhythm section support."

The band released its first album—called ZZ Top's First Album—in 1971. Beginning with blues-inspired rock, the band incorporated new wave, punk rock and dance-rock by using synthesizers. The band is also known for its humorous lyrics laced with double entendres and innuendo.

The band's top-selling album was the 1983 Eliminator, which sold more than 10 million copies in the United States. Total record sales of 25 million place ZZ Top among the top-100-selling artists in the United States, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. That includes 11 gold, seven platinum and three multi-platinum records as of 2016, according to the RIAA.

By 2014, ZZ Top had sold more than 50 million albums worldwide.

ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1971 ZZ Top’s First Album 5 7
1972 Rio Grande Mud 4 5
1973 Tres hombres 4.5 14
1975 Fandango! 4.5 6
1976 Tejas 4 3
1979 Degüello 3.65 4
1981 El Loco 5
1983 Eliminator 4.5 14
1985 Afterburner 5 7
1990 Recycler 5
1993 Antenna 6
1996 Rhythmeen 3
1999 XXX 2
2003 Mescalero 5 4
2012 La Futura 3 7

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1977 The Best of ZZ Top 10
1987 The ZZ Top Sixpack 2
1992 Greatest Hits 8
1994 One Foot in the Blues 4 2
1997 Incinerator 1
1997 Viva Las Vegas 1
2003 Chrome, Smoke & BBQ 2
2004 Rancho Texicano: The Very Best of ZZ Top 1
2008 Greatest Hits 1
2008 The Early Years 1
2012 Original Album Series (ZZ Top) 2
2013 The Complete Studio Albums 1970–1990 1
2014 The Very Baddest of ZZ Top 1
2014 The Very Baddest 1
2015 The Heaviest 1
ZZ Top 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2016 Live! Greatest Hits From Around the World 2

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1987 Una Hermosa Noche (Live USA) 1
2008 Live From Texas 5
2011 Live in Germany 1980 2
1980-04: Rockpalast Nacht, Grugahalle, Essen, Germany 3

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1969 Salt Lick / Miller’s Farm 2
1971 (Somebody Else Been) Shakin’ Your Tree / Neighbor, Neighbor 1
1972 Francene 1
1973 La Grange / Just Got Paid 1
1975 La Grange / Tush 1
1975 Tush / Blue Jean Blues 1
1976 It’s Only Love / Asleep in the Desert 1
1977 Arrested for Driving While Blind / It’s Only Love 1
1977 Enjoy and Get It On / El Diablo 1
1979 Cheap Sunglasses / Esther Be the One 1
1979 I Thank You / A Fool for Your Stockings 1
1981 Leila / Don’t Tease Me 1
1981 Tube Snake Boogie / Heaven, Hell or Houston 1
1983 Gimme All Your Lovin’ 2
1983 Sharp Dressed Man / I Got the Six 3
1983 Legs / Sharp Dressed Man 1
1984 Legs / Bad Girl 2
1985 Sleeping Bag / Party on the Patio 1
1985 Stages / Can’t Stop Rockin’ 1
1985 Velcro Fly / Woke Up With Wood 1
1986 Rough Boy 4
1990 Doubleback 2
1990 Give It Up 3
1991 My Head’s in Mississippi 2
1992 Viva Las Vegas 1
1994 Breakaway 2
1996 What’s Up With That 1
1996 She’s Just Killing Me 1

EP

Year Title RatingReleases
2012 Texicali 1

Other + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2014 Live at Montreux 2013 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
1994 Breakaway / Pincushion 1

Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2009 Double Down Live 1980/2008 1

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