ZZ Top

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ZZ Top (pronounced [zɪː zɪː tɒp]) is an American Texas blues and Hard rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band consists of guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, bassist and co-lead vocalist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard. One of the few major label recording groups to have consisted of the same lineup for more than forty years, ZZ Top has been praised by critics and fellow musicians alike for their technical mastery. Of the group, music writer Cub Koda said "As genuine roots musicians, they have few peers; 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."

Since the release of the band's debut album in January 1971, ZZ Top has become known for its strong blues roots and humorous lyrical motifs, relying heavily on double entendres and innuendo. ZZ Top's musical style has changed over the years, beginning with blues-inspired rock on their early albums, then incorporating New Wave, punk rock and dance-rock, with heavy use of synthesizers.

ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. As a group, ZZ Top possesses 11 gold records and 7 platinum (13 multi-platinum) records; their 1983 album, Eliminator, remains the group's most commercially successful record, selling over 10 million units. ZZ Top also ranks 80th in U.S. album sales, with 25 million units.To this day,ZZ Top has sold over 50 million albums worldwide.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1970 ZZ Top's First Album 2
1971 First Album 5 1
1972 Rio Grande Mud 3
1973 Tres hombres 11
1975 Fandango! 4 5
1976 Tejas 3
1979 Degüello 4 4
1981 El Loco 3
1983 Eliminator 5 8
1985 Afterburner 5 2
1990 Recycler 3
1993 Antenna 6
1996 Rhythmeen 2
1999 XXX 2
2003 Mescalero 5 3
2012 La Futura 3 7

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1977 The Best of ZZ Top Compilation 5
1987 The ZZ Top Sixpack Compilation 2
1992 Greatest Hits Compilation 5
1994 One Foot in the Blues Compilation 1
1997 Incinerator Compilation 1
1997 Viva Las Vegas Compilation 1
2003 Chrome, Smoke & BBQ Compilation 2
2004 Rancho Texicano: The Very Best of ZZ Top Compilation 1
2008 Greatest Hits Compilation 1
2012 Original Album Series Compilation 1
2013 The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990 Compilation 1
Super Stars Best Collection Compilation 1
Tacos, Telecasters & Thunderbird Compilation 1
ZZ Top Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1987 Una Hermosa Noche (Live USA) Live 1
2008 Live From Texas Live 4
2011 Live in Germany 1980 Live 2
1980-04: Rockpalast Nacht, Grugahalle, Essen, Germany Live 3
Live in Concert Live 1

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
1969 Salt Lick / Miller's Farm 2
1983 Sharp Dressed Man 1
1983 Gimme All Your Lovin' 1
1985 Legs 1
1986 Rough Boy 3
1990 Doubleback 1
1991 My Head's in Mississippi 2
1991 Give It Up 1
1992 Viva Las Vegas 1
1994 Breakaway 1
1996 What’s Up With That 1
2009 Sharp Dressed Man / I Got the Six [Digital 45] 1
Boom Boom Boom 1

EP

Year Title Rating Releases
2012 Texicali 1

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