ZZ Top

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ZZ Top /ˈzztɒp/ is an American rock band that formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band comprises guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons (the band's leader, main lyricist, and musical arranger), bassist and co-lead vocalist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard. One of the few major label recording groups to have held the same lineup for more than 40 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. The band has had global album sales in excess of 50 million as of 2014.

ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and has garnered 11 gold records and seven 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.

The band is known for Hill and Gibbons' long beards; despite his name, Frank Beard usually wears only a mustache.

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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 11
1985 Afterburner 5 6
1990 Recycler 3
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 8
1987 The ZZ Top Sixpack 2
1992 Greatest Hits 7
1994 One Foot in the Blues 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 + 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

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