The amped-up blues rock of the best ZZ Top songs is the real reason, despite all the hoopla about their cars, videos and on-stage panache, that this lowdown and dirty Texas trio has managed to thrive together for decades. But which individual moments have stood the test of time? Check out our list of the Best 10 ZZ Top songs:. ZZ Top songs were already all over the radio, but two changes on Eliminator turned them into mega-stars. First, they added poppy synthesizers to their Texas-fried boogie. Second, the trio filmed a series of videos starring themselves as magical guardian angels helping hapless, hard-working guys get laid with the help of the souped-up hot rod pictured on the album's cover.
In classic rock history there is a definite line between the thousands of bands that sound like each other and the ones that created their own distinct sound that no one ever comes close to imitating. ZZ Top is simply one of those bands that created a sound of their own. Since their initial release, the band has released fourteen more albums with their last record issued in labeled La Futura. However, the band has always delivered quality rock and roll music inspired by the blues of Texas wrapped in a radio friendly pop rock sensibility.
Forget the beards, the rotating electric guitars , the slick videos: it's the irresistible sizzle of ZZ Top's music that made them the hottest blues band to come out of Texas. Everyone has their own favorite Top tune, and here, we've rounded up some of today's biggest guitarists to discover their picks and find out how Billy Gibbons and co impacted their playing. Only the Rev Billy Gibbons could dream up, figure out how to record and make that beautifully broken guitar sound work. Pure genius! Also, I just love that the song is only two minutes, 17 seconds long. They jammed it all in there the right way. Billy was kind enough to shout out several people in the song - including me! Good times! The atmosphere of the song just makes you feel cool. It was classic ZZ Top - tons of musical mojo and a visually over-the-top stage show.
You have to have lived it — just like the whole band has! And, to be fair, he does have a point. When I was hanging out with David Lee Roth, he said he just listened to these records — and nothing else! The atmosphere of the song just makes you feel cool. Only they could do it like that. It was one of those songs like Free Bird , where the DJ never apologised for the extended outro guitar solo. I remember loving it the first time I heard it — that slick shuffle feel, signature drum fill and the quirky vocal approach all caught my attention. The feel, and that tone! Just so unmistakable. My friends and I used to jam on it all the time.