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' trademark beards, as well as the drummer's lack thereof, despite the surname "Beard".

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 ZZ Top’s First Album ZZ Top 5 7
1972 Rio Grande Mud ZZ Top 5
1973 Tres hombres ZZ Top 4 13
1975 Fandango! ZZ Top 4 6
1976 Tejas ZZ Top 3
1979 Degüello ZZ Top 3.5 4
1981 El Loco ZZ Top 4
1983 Eliminator ZZ Top 4.65 11
1985 Afterburner ZZ Top 5 4
1990 Recycler ZZ Top 3
1993 Antenna ZZ Top 6
1996 Rhythmeen ZZ Top 3
1999 XXX ZZ Top 2
2002 Beer, Beards And Moore ZZ Top & Gary Moore 1
2003 Mescalero ZZ Top 5 4
2012 La Futura ZZ Top 3 7

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 The Best of ZZ Top ZZ Top 8
1987 The ZZ Top Sixpack ZZ Top 2
1992 Greatest Hits ZZ Top 7
1994 One Foot in the Blues ZZ Top 2
1997 Incinerator ZZ Top 1
1997 Viva Las Vegas ZZ Top 1
2003 Chrome, Smoke & BBQ ZZ Top 2
2004 Rancho Texicano: The Very Best of ZZ Top ZZ Top 1
2008 Greatest Hits ZZ Top 1
2008 The Early Years ZZ Top 1
2012 Original Album Series (ZZ Top) ZZ Top 2
2013 The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990 ZZ Top 1
2014 The Very Baddest of ZZ Top ZZ Top 1
2014 The Very Baddest ZZ Top 1
2015 The Heaviest ZZ Top 1
Super Stars Best Collection ZZ Top 1
Tacos, Telecasters & Thunderbird ZZ Top 1
ZZ Top ZZ Top 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Una Hermosa Noche (Live USA) ZZ Top 1
2008 Live From Texas ZZ Top 5
2009 Double Down Live 1980/2008 ZZ Top 1
2011 Live in Germany 1980 ZZ Top 2
1980-04: Rockpalast Nacht, Grugahalle, Essen, Germany ZZ Top 3
Live in Concert ZZ Top 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Salt Lick / Miller’s Farm ZZ Top 2
1971 (Somebody Else Been) Shakin’ Your Tree / Neighbor, Neighbor ZZ Top 1
1972 Francene ZZ Top 1
1973 La Grange / Just Got Paid ZZ Top 1
1975 La Grange / Tush ZZ Top 1
1975 Tush / Blue Jean Blues ZZ Top 1
1976 It’s Only Love / Asleep in the Desert ZZ Top 1
1977 Arrested for Driving While Blind / It’s Only Love ZZ Top 1
1977 Enjoy and Get It On / El Diablo ZZ Top 1
1979 Cheap Sunglasses / Esther Be the One ZZ Top 1

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