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Favorite ZZ Top singles and album tracks

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In the '70s it was radio airplay. In the '80s and '90s it was the emergence of MTV and VH1. Throughout ZZ Top's career (1969-present) singles and music videos have been a big part of driving the band's album sales success. In a few cases, the single is better known than the album it came from.

Of course, these things are subjective. Any list of favorites is just that, the personal picks of the person making the list. Here's my list of favorite ZZ Top singles and album tracks, followed by your opportunity to add yours to the list.

"Tush"

Year released: 1975
From Fandango!
Chart peak: #20

Fast Facts:

  • ZZT's first Top 40 chart single
  • Lead vocals by bassist Dusty Hill
  • Featured in six feature films and three network TV series

"La Grange"

Year released: 1973
From Tres Hombres
Chart peak: #41

Fast Facts:

  • Based on a real brother outside La Grange, Texas
  • On Rolling Stone and Q magazine lists of greatest guitar tracks
  • Remains the band's best known song, four decades after its release

"Legs"

Year released: 1984
From Eliminator
Chart peak: #8

Fast Facts:

  • Won the first ever MTV Video Music Award for Best Group Video in 1984
  • All of the instrumentation was provided by lead guitarist Billy Gibbons and engineer Terry Manning
  • Last of five singles from Eliminator

"Sharp Dressed Man"

Year released: 1984
From Eliminator
Chart peak: #2 (Mainstream Rock tracks)

Fast Facts:

"Tube Snake Boogie"

Year released: 1981
From El Loco
Chart peak: #4 (Mainstream Rock Chart)

Fast Facts:

  • Song title is a reference to surfer lingo for a surf board
  • Second of three singles from El Loco
  • Described in the liner notes of one of ZZT's compilation albums as "good clean fun"

"Gimme All Your Lovin'"

Year released: 1984
From Eliminator
Chart peak: #37

Fast Facts:

  • First of five singles from Eliminator
  • Unsuccessful in its first UK release, it reached #10 when it was re-released after the US version made the Top 40
  • Music video marked the first of appearance of ZZT trademark red car, keychain, and Three ZZ Girls

"Velcro Fly"

Year released: 1985
From Afterburner
Chart peak: #15 (Mainstream Rock Chart)

Fast Facts:

  • Stephen King used the song as a recurring sound in his book The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands
  • Dancing in the music video was choreographed by Paula Abdul
  • Seventh of eight singles from Afterburner

"Cheap Sunglasses"

Year released: 1980
From Degüello
Chart peak: #89

Fast Facts:

  • In spite of mediocre chart success, it is one of ZZT's best known songs
  • Billy Gibbons told Guitar World that a blown tube in his guitar amplifier added to the character of the song
  • Second of two singles from Degüello

"Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers"

Year released: 1973
From Tres Hombres
Chart peak: (failed to chart)

Fast Facts:

  • Was not released as a single but became a minor hit thanks to radio airplay of the album track
  • First of a series of songs on subsequent albums on which Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons share lead vocals
  • Played frequently in live concerts in the mid '70s, but very little since

"Sleeping Bag"

Year released: 1985
From Afterburner
Chart peak: #1 (Mainstream Rock Chart)

  • ZZT's most commercially successful single, reaching #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart and $8 on the Hot 100
  • Music video depicted the demise of the Eliminator car used in the videos of the album of the same name, and in the introduction of the space shuttle that appeared on Afterburner's cover
  • First of eight singles from Afterburner

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