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 Artist RatingReleases
1971 ZZ Top’s First Album ZZ Top 5 7
1972 Rio Grande Mud ZZ Top 4 5
1973 Tres hombres ZZ Top 4.5 14
1975 Fandango! ZZ Top 4.5 6
1976 Tejas ZZ Top 4 3
1976 ZZ Top's Worldwide Texas Tour ZZ Top 1
1979 Degüello ZZ Top 3.65 4
1981 El Loco ZZ Top 5
1983 Eliminator ZZ Top 4.5 14
1985 Afterburner ZZ Top 5 7
1990 Recycler ZZ Top 5
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 10
1987 The ZZ Top Sixpack ZZ Top 2
1992 Greatest Hits ZZ Top 8
1994 One Foot in the Blues ZZ Top 4 2
1997 Incinerator ZZ Top 1
1997 Viva Las Vegas ZZ Top 1
1999 Tacos, Telecasters & Thunderbird ZZ Top 1
2003 Chrome, Smoke & BBQ ZZ Top 2
2004 Rancho Texicano: The Very Best of ZZ Top ZZ Top 1
2006 The Beginning 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
The Best of ZZ Top ZZ Top 1
ZZ Top ZZ Top 1

Album + Compilation + Live

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

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Live in Concert ZZ Top 2
1987 Una Hermosa Noche (Live USA) ZZ Top 1
1994 Hodrods ZZ Top 1
2008 Live From Texas ZZ Top 5
2011 Live in Germany 1980 ZZ Top 2
1980-04: Rockpalast Nacht, Grugahalle, Essen, Germany ZZ Top 3
1980-08-30: Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, USA ZZ Top 1
1981-10-02: Stockholm, Sweden ZZ Top 1
1990-12-01: Cow Palace, Daly City, CA, USA ZZ Top 1
Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Florida October 20, 2005 ZZ Top 1

Single

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
1979 I Thank You / A Fool for Your Stockings ZZ Top 1
1981 Leila / Don’t Tease Me ZZ Top 1
1981 Tube Snake Boogie / Heaven, Hell or Houston ZZ Top 1
1983 Gimme All Your Lovin’ ZZ Top 2
1983 Sharp Dressed Man / I Got the Six ZZ Top 3
1983 Legs / Sharp Dressed Man ZZ Top 1
1984 Legs / Bad Girl ZZ Top 2
1985 Sleeping Bag / Party on the Patio ZZ Top 1
1985 Stages / Can’t Stop Rockin’ ZZ Top 1
1985 Velcro Fly / Woke Up With Wood ZZ Top 1
1986 Rough Boy ZZ Top 4
1990 Doubleback ZZ Top 2
1990 Give It Up ZZ Top 3
1991 My Head’s in Mississippi ZZ Top 2
1992 Viva Las Vegas ZZ Top 1
1994 Breakaway ZZ Top 2
1996 What’s Up With That ZZ Top 1
1996 She’s Just Killing Me ZZ Top 1

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 CD Sampler (Pincushion) ZZ Top 1
2012 Texicali ZZ Top 1

Other + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 Live at Montreux 2013 ZZ Top 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Breakaway / Pincushion ZZ Top 1

Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Double Down Live 1980/2008 ZZ Top 1
2009 1991-01-18: Hartford Boogie: Civic Center, Hartford, CT, USA ZZ Top 1
1970-xx-xx: Pensacola, FL, USA ZZ Top 1
1972-08-25: [unknown venue], OK, USA ZZ Top 1
1974-08-07: Schaefer Music Festival, New York City, NY, USA ZZ Top 1
1980-04-15: Pine Knob, Clarkston, MI, USA ZZ Top 1
1980-04-21: The Lyon Tapes Collection, Volume 303: Pavillon de Baltard, Paris, France ZZ Top 1
1986-02-14: Hilton Colosseum, Ames, IA, USA ZZ Top 1
2008-06-03: Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN, USA ZZ Top 1
2008-07-18: Hot Rod Twingo: Festival des Vieilles Charrue, Carhaix-Plouguer, France ZZ Top 1
2008-10-10: Palace Theatre, Columbus, OH, USA ZZ Top 1

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