ZZ Top is an American 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. The band and its members went through several reconfigurations throughout 1969, achieving their current form when Hill replaced bassist Billy Etheridge in February 1970, shortly before the band was signed to London Records. Etheridge's departure issued primarily from his unwillingness to be bound by a recording contract.

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.


ZZ Top Discography Tracks


753-10 Various Tush Various - American Top 40 (Program No. 753-10 For Week Ending September 6, 1975)(3xLP) Watermark 753-10 US 1975 Sell This Version
Various Tush Various - Rock The Nation (Comp, Album) Wea Greece 1981 Sell This Version
Various Tush Various - An Officer And A Gentleman - Soundtrack (Comp, Album) Island Records, Island Records Spain 1982 Sell This Version
SAM 19 Various Sharp Dressed Man Various - 4-Play: The Warner/Elektra/Atlantic Double Play Of Hits(2xLP, Smplr) WEA SAM 19 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
Various Cheap Sunglasses Various - Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture "Teachers" (Comp, Album) Capitol Records Australia 1984 Sell This Version
RC 83-18 Various Got Me Under Pressure and 1 more… Various - The Rock Chronicles(2xLP, Unofficial) Westwood One RC 83-18 US 1984 Sell This Version
MS 123 Various Woke Up With Wood Various - Metalshop - Radio's Weekly Metal Magazine (Week Of June 6, 1986) (LP, Transcription) MJI Broadcasting MS 123 US 1986 Sell This Version
861-3 Casey Kasem Sleeping Bag Casey Kasem - American Top 40 With Casey Kasem (Program No. 861-3)(4xLP, Transcription) ABC Watermark 861-3 US 1986 Sell This Version
Various Holiday ID Various - Winter Warnerland (Album, Comp) Warner Bros. Records US 1988 Sell This Version
Various Reverberation (Doubt) Various - Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye - A Tribute To Roky Erickson (Album) WEA International Inc. US 1990 Sell This Version
838B Various Doubleback Various - HitDisc 838B(CD, Promo, Smplr) Century 21 Programming Inc. 838B US 1990 Sell This Version
none Various I'm Bad I'm Nationwide, Arrested While Drivin', Cheap Sunglases, Jailhouse Rock Various - The All American Jam!(4xCD, Transcription) MediaAmerica Radio, DIR Broadcasting none US 1991 Sell This Version
Various Can't Stop Rockin' Various - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) SBK Records, EMI Records Group North America Europe 1993 Sell This Version
Various Balinese Various - Even More Dazed And Confused (Music From The Motion Picture) (Comp) Medicine Label US 1993 Sell This Version
Various Tush Various - Dazed And Confused (Music From The Motion Picture) (Album, Comp) Giant Records US 1993 Sell This Version
Various Gimme All Your Lovin' Various - Rock & Roll Radio (Comp) RCA, RCA Spain 1993 Sell This Version
YC 021 Various Intro Cream Various - Various Artists Volume 3 - Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Superstar Jams (Doors / Creedence / Cream)(CD, Unofficial) Yellow Cat Records YC 021 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
026A Various Pincushion (Edit) Various - HitDisc 026A(CD, Promo, Smplr) TM Century 026A US 1994 Sell This Version
Various Gimme All Your Lovin' Various - The Best Rock Album In The World...Ever (Album, Comp) Virgin Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
Various She's Just Killing Me and 1 more… Various - From Dusk Till Dawn: Music From The Motion Picture (Comp, Album) Epic Soundtrax Russia 1996 Sell This Version
2078 Various Gimme All Your Lovin' Various - Warner Music Spain SA 96(CD, Promo, Smplr) Warner Music Spain, S.A. 2078 Spain 1996 Sell This Version
7243 8 57272 2 1 Various TV Dinners Various - To Jest Rock(CD) Pomaton EMI 7243 8 57272 2 1 Poland 1997 Sell This Version
Various La Grange Various - Armageddon (The Album) (Album, Comp) Columbia, Columbia Brazil 1998 Sell This Version
RADMC138 Various Tush Various - Rock The World - 40 of the world's greatest rock songs(2xCass, Album) Global Television RADMC138 UK 1999 Sell This Version
none Various La Grange Various - Bike Weekend 99 Vol. 1 - Hardrock(CDr, Album, Smplr, Unofficial) Not On Label none Germany 1999 Sell This Version

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October 16, 2017
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be very careful of "new" versions of the first was "remixed" some time in the 90s and was butchered to all hell...the drums went from tight and clean into a reverby mess. Some morons idea of an improvement no doubt. Stick to the original version/pressings


July 2, 2017
Kinda wish all of their albums sounded like Afterburner. The mix of blues rock and synthesized dance music was brilliant in my opinion. But they were always a blues rock band at heart and that always shone through in everything.
Really wish there was a compilation of their 12" mixes though as the extended mixes of Sleeping Bag and Stages are notoriously difficult to find on CD...


December 23, 2016
...Ironically the only one without a beard is the drummer called Frank Beard!! Billy Gibbons once said he turned down a million dollars from Gillette to shave off his beard!!

In the more than thirty years that they have been together, ZZ Top have mutated from a hard rocking boogie band into pop culture icons. Some might say, that they are also forward thinking musical geniuses whose appropriation of MTV and melding of Hard Rock to Dance rhythms put them so far ahead of the curve that -- for a while in the mid-1980s -- they seemed poised to take over the world. The band started out in 1970 when singer-guitarist Billy Gibbons got together with drummer Frank Beard and bassist Dusty Hill. Gibbons, only in his early twenties, was already a veteran musician whose previous band The Moving Sidewalks had had regional hit records and had opened for Jimi Hendrix. The band started out playing hard edged, deeply blues based Boogie Rock that cruised on the power of the Hill-Beard rhythm section and Gibbons' powerful vocals and even more powerful guitar. The band toured relentlessly, guided by svengali-like manager Bill Ham, a disciple of Elvis' Colonel Tom Parker. He helped them score a major record deal and created a certain band mythos (access to the band was severly limited; personal biographical information was closely guarded) that lingers to this day. Their third album, Tres Hombres broke things wide open with the smash hit "La Grange," a...
... song driven by an insistent John Lee Hooker boogie riff and Gibbons' squealing guitar solos. They became increasingly popular on the live circuit, breaking attendance records set by The Beatles by 1976. Returning after a three year hiatus in 1979, they emerged with their now-trademark hirsute look and the hard-hitting record Deguello, which included the hit "Cheap Sunglasses." Gibbons' longtime fascination with all sorts of Dance music came into play with Eliminator (1981), which coincided with the rise of the music video as a promotional tool and took the band to new commercial heights. That record was propelled by a sound that wedded Texas Blues guitar heroics to banks of churning synthesizers and sequenced rhythms. It was the sound of money being minted as the singles "Sharp Dressed Man," "Gimme All Your Lovin'," and "Legs" shot up the charts. That the accompanying music videos included hot rod cars, leggy models, and the band doing oddly choreographed dance moves that rendered them at once hip and cartoonishly funny probably helped their album sales. Eliminator and its follow-up Afterburner sold gazillions of records and the band was, for a time, as popular as a band can be. In the 1990s the group's popularity waned some, and they moved away from the sequencers and synthesizers. They went back in the direction of their earlier work. They nonetheless continue to make vital music that draws deeply from the blues and R&B tradition, while always trying to bring something new to it.


July 25, 2014
Why are all these records in the album section ? They belong to the miscellaneous releases and not to the albums.... Jim Ladd hosts ZZ Top, King Biscuit Flower Hour, In the Studio, ZZ Top's Worldwide Texas Tour and so on....


July 3, 2012
ZZ Top were influential to the industrial rock sound that was championed by Al Jourgensen / Ministry. The combination of rock guitars, dance synthesizers and driving beats, from their eighties material in particular, was really innovative for its time.
I'll never forget watching the video and listening to "Legs" as a child. Unfortunately, the commercial success sort of tarnished the talent and creativity of the song. It really is a badass tune.

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