GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: (L-R) Dusty Hill, Frank Beard and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top perform on the Pyramid Stage during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 24, 2016 in Glastonbury, England. Now its 46th year the festival is one largest music festivals in the world and this year features headline acts Muse, Adele and Coldplay. The Festival, which Michael Eavis started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid just Â£1, now attracts more than 175,000 people.
ZZ Top are an American institution, and a very rare one: the band have had no lineup changes since Billy F. Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard got together in 1969; they released their debut,ZZ Top’s First Album, in 1971. Their most recent (and probably final) album,La Futura, produced by Rick Rubin, was released in 2012 and was their strongest effort — by far — since 1983’sEliminator.
Indeed, songs fromLa Futurapop up often in our list of the band’s best songs, making them another rarity: a band with something to say, when they were well over four decades into their career. And if it turns out to be their last, that’s even more rare: a legendary band who went out with a classic album.
40. “Thug” from ‘Eliminator’ (1983)
‘Eliminator’ was one of the few albums where a band said to their audience “We hope you like our new direction,” and they actually *did* like their new direction. ZZ Top incorporated electronics into their sound and it actually worked. ‘Eliminator’ is no longer really thought of as a “comeback” album. It’s really just a classic. “Thug,” understandably, was buried under all of the album’s singles, but it’s one of the group’s funkist jams.
39. “Over You” from ‘La Futura’ (2012)
A blues jam co-written by Billy F. Gibbons and Tom Hambridge, an unsung hero of modern blues, who has worked extensively with Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi and George Thorogood. If you think you’ve heard every blues song there is to hear, but you don’t know this one, check it out.
38. “Mescalero” from ‘Mescalero’ (2003)
Creatively, the 2000s weren’t a great era for ZZ; while they toured a lot, they only released one album, and ‘Mescalero’ was far from a classic. But this song, which kicked off the album, combined Tejano elements, with modern production technology, was a highlight.
37. “El Diablo” from ‘Tejas’ (1976)
As Billy F. Gibbons has said in interviews, ZZ was transitioning a bit on ‘Tejas.’ But as he said, “I'm not really sure what we were transitioning from and what we were becoming.” The band were using new studio technology and some of their songs - including this one - were a bit smooth. But this one still had such a cool vibe.
36. “Heartache In Blue” from ‘La Futura’ (2012)
‘La Futura’ was produced by Rick Rubin, one of the few guys whose beard compares to Billy F. Gibbons’ and Dusty Hill’s. Seriously, though, he’s great at working with legendary artists and getting them back in touch with what people love about them (see his work with Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Mick Jagger, Black Sabbath and Metallica). This song wasn’t a single, but it has the swagger, the crunchy blues stomp, and the back-and-forth vocals of Gibbons and Hill that makes a ZZ Top classic.
35. “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers” from ‘Tres Hombres’ (1973)
Speaking of back-and-forth vocals between Billy F. Gibbons and Dusty Hill, this is a great example of that. And it’s been an anthem for ZZ Top fans for decades.(Video) Vinyl Community: ZZ Top Albums First to Futura.
34. “Reverberation (Doubt)” from ‘Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye: A Tribute To Roky Erikson’ (1990)
ZZ Top rarely recorded songs for anything other than their own albums, but their contribution to the tribute album to the leader of the legendary Texas psychedelic band 13th Floor Elevators is the band’s greatest obscure gem.
33. “Pincushion” from ‘Antenna’ (1994)
One of the hottest songs about an appointment with an acupuncturist. “Shook my soul and stole my dough,” Gibbons growls. “Left my condition down a deep, dark hole/I'm a pincushion, gotta face the facts/I'm just a pincushion, do anything she ask.”
32. “Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings” from ‘Fandango!’ (1975)
It turns out that both nasty dogs and funky kings need love too. As Gibbons sings, all a nasty dog or a funky king wants to do “is get next to you.” Hmm, maybe it’s not love that they’re after…
31. “Francine” from ‘Rio Grande Mud’ (1971)
Another jam that features both Gibbons and Hill on vocals. Their beards may be similar but their voices couldn’t be more different: Hill is a technically great singer, while Gibbons’s growl is unmistakable. But when they sang together, they sounded incredible.
30. “Arrested For Driving While Blind” from ‘Tejas’ (1976)
A great blues rock jam, but we don’t recommend that anyone drive after being “bitten” by that Wild Turkey.
29. “TV Dinners” from ‘Eliminator’ (1983)
OK, this song might be a bit dated at this point, but it still sounds so good! This is one of their more keyboardy/synthy jams on ‘Eliminator’ -- Dusty Hill plays keyboards instead of bass -- but it still has the band’s signature bite.
28. “Dust My Broom” from ‘Deguello’ (1979)
ZZ Top put their modern spin on the blues with nearly every song in their catalog, but they also were good at doing their own interpretation on blues classics, as they demonstrated on this Robert Johnson classic, which was later popularized by Elmore James.
27. “It’s Too Easy Manana” from ‘La Futura’ (2012)
Billy Gibbons and ZZ Top were always being influenced by unexpected places; that was true with this psychedelic bluesy cover of Americana duo David Rawlings and Gillian Welch’s bluegrass jam “It’s Too Easy” (which Gibbons added some lyrics to, and added the “manana” to the title)
26. “Sleeping Bag” from ‘Afterburner’ (1985)
‘Eliminator’ was a huge hit, but following it up surely had to be a bitch. ‘Afterburner’ as a whole doesn’t match the heights of its predecessor, but this synth driven jam does.(Video) RANKING THE STUDIO ALBUMS - ZZ TOP
25. “She Loves My Automobile” from ‘Deguello’ (1979)
“Well she don't care if I'm stoned or sloppy drunk, long as she got the keys and there's a spare wheel in her trunk.” A great blues lyric if there ever was one.
24. “Heard It On The X” from ‘Fandango!’ (1985)
In which Gibbons and Hill trade stories about how they were influenced by what they heard on Mexican radio stations when they were growing up. At the time, all of those stations’ call letters started with “x.” Fun fact: they eventually performed this song on one of those stations so they actually heard “Heard It On The X” on the X.
23. “Sure Got Cold After The Rain Fell” from ‘Rio Grande Mud’ (1972)
It’s not a song about the weather: “It sure got cold after the rain fell/Not from the sky, from my eye/Somebody, can you tell me/Just what make a man feel this way?” They answered the question earlier in the song. The narrator explains that his “baby” ran off with another man. Ouch!
22. “Just Got Back From Baby’s” from ‘ZZ Top’s First Album’ (1971)
Trust your first instinct! In this blues jam, Gibbons sings about a woman who he “rolls all night long with.” But he knows something’s up and he later figures it out. “I just got back from baby's, big white house on the hill/If her loving don't get me...I know her husband will.”
21. “If I Could Only Flag Her Down” from ‘Eliminator’ (1983)
This was a throwback to the classic ZZ Top sound on the modern, tech-savvy ‘Eliminator.’ Was Billy F. Gibbons singing about a woman or a car here?
20. “Brown Sugar” from ‘ZZ Top’s First Album’ (1971)
Released in the same year as the Rolling Stones’ song of the same name, but the songs sound nothing alike. While the Stones lyrics are pretty self-explanatory, you’re not quite sure if ZZ Top is singing about a woman or a drug.
19. “Flyin’ High” from ‘La Futura’ (2012)
If you haven’t spent time with ‘La Futura,’ do yourself a favor and check it out. You’ll be singing along with this jam before the song’s 4 minutes 18 seconds run out. This jam is almost AC/DC- like, as it’s all about riffs, girls and good times (and it’s no surprise that producer Rick Rubin has cited AC/DC as his favorite band, and he’s produced them as well).
18. “Goin’ Down To Mexico” from ‘ZZ Top’s First Album’ (1971)
The lyrics are almost Dylan-esque, describing encounters in Mexico while “there was trouble on the rise.” There’s the “fine and fancy” man who did good things for the poor; they parted ways while “singing the same old song.” Then, the narrator meets a “Nineteen Forty movie star with a long forgotten name...She was a sexy mess in her pleated dress, still hanging on to fame.” That encounter had a better conclusion: “hand in hand we walked along, Each of us singing the same old song.” ZZ Top: fighting ageism since ‘71!(Video) LFO Summer Girls
16. “Salt Lick,” single only release (1970) available on ‘Chrome, Smoke & BBQ: The ZZ Top Box’ (2003)
It’s reminiscent of Billy Gibbons’ pre-ZZ band, the Moving Sidewalks, especially thanks to the organ which is pretty loud in the mix. Even when the band were finding their way, they had incredible swagger.
15. “Chartreuse” from ‘La Futura’ (2012)
A classically cheeky ZZ jam. Is he talking about the color or the liquor? Let’s check the lyrics: “Chartreuse: don't you know I like big caboose!” Clearly, it could be about a few different things.
14. “My Head’s In Mississippi” from ‘Recycler’ (1990)
Like ‘Afterburner,’ ‘Recycler’ attempted to reproduce the magic of ZZ Top’s huge reboot/comeback album, ‘Eliminator.’ It didn’t quite work across the whole album, but it definitely worked here: “My Head’s In Mississippi” sounded like a forgotten blues jam that was souped up and polished for a new decade.
13. “Got Me Under Pressure (live)” from “Live From Texas” (2008)
Even as the band wasn’t very prolific with new music in the millennium, they always seemed to be on the road and they were always an incredible live act. This take on the ‘Eliminator’ classic takes off a bit of the studio polish and is a better version.
12. “I Thank You” from “Deguello” (1979)
A cover of the soul classic by Sam and Dave. The original is one of those songs that is so perfect, you don’t think it needs to be covered by anyone.. Until you hear ZZ’s take on it, transforming it into a blues shuffle.
11. “I Gotsta Get Paid” from ‘La Futura’ (2012)
‘La Futura’ producer Rick Rubin got his start in hip-hop, working with Run-D.M.C. LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys. And while he’s rarely worked in the genre since the ‘90s, he still has an extensive knowledge of hip-hop and how to produce it. So that might be why this reworking of a somewhat obscure song by Lil Keke and Fat Pat sounded so good in the hands of ZZ Top.
10. “I Need You Tonight” from ‘Eliminator’ (1983)
How good of a blues jam is this? So good that Buddy Guy covered it on his (very underrated) 1998 album, ‘Heavy Love.’ That’s pretty much the ultimate seal of approval for any modern blues group.
9. “I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide” from ‘Deguello’ (1979)
As we mentioned, ZZ reworked a hip-hop jam into their own song on “I Gotsta Get Paid,” and it wouldn’t surprise us if a hip-hop act did the same for this jam, which sees ZZ Top bragging about their sweet rides, their cool clothes and the “foxes” who ride with them.
8. “Waitin’ For The Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago” from ‘Tres Hombres’ (1973)
Yes, you can consider “Waitin’ For The Bus” and “Jesus Just Left Chicago” to be two different songs, but one doesn’t quite sound right without the other. Sure they were written separately -- drummer Frank Beard co-wrote the second song with Gibbons and Hill, while they wrote the first one together. But when Gibbons heard how the album was sequenced, he loved them put together with no gap in between. Rightfully so.(Video) TOP 20 ELECTRIC GUITAR INTROS OF ALL TIME
7. “Legs” from ‘Eliminator’ (1983)
The band went pretty far into electronic territory here: supposedly, only Gibbons appears on this song (the synths and drums are all programmed). But the images that we’ll always have in our minds are the guys driving around in their ZZ Top car. And yeah, we usually consider band members not playing on their own record to be foul play, but we’ll let it slide here… “Legs” is just too good to deny.
6. “Just Got Paid” from ‘Rio Grande Mud’ (1972)
One of the greatest working class anthems of all time: “Just got paid today/Got me a pocket full of change/If you believe like workin' hard all day/Just step in my shoes and take my pay.” And the chugging blues jam actually makes you feel as if you just got that check and you’re looking to spend it.
5. “Sharp Dressed Man” from ‘Eliminator’ (1983)
The song somehow made straight up blues rock (albeit with a commercial sheen) sound perfect on MTV among the new wave idols dominating the playlist. And it sported one of Billy Gibbons’ best guitar solos. The video was a sequel to the unforgettable clip for “Gimme All Your Lovin’” and no one was complaining about seeing the ZZ car for a second time, not to mention its passengers.
4. “Cheap Sunglasses” from ‘Deguello’ (1979)
“When you wake up in the morning and the light is hurtin' your head/The first thing you do when you get up out of bed is hit that streets a-runnin' and try to beat the masses/And go get yourself some cheap sunglasses!” We’ve all been there. Although after an optometrists' convention sported a huge poster saying, “Don't wear cheap sunglasses,” Gibbons had to acquiesce the point: “I suppose I'll have to agree. There is a cutoff point where optical considerations must be taken into account.” But hey, when you’re hungover, sometimes you gotta go with what you can afford.
3. “Gimme All Your Lovin’” from ‘Eliminator’ (1983)
The first single from ‘Eliminator,’ “Gimme All Your Lovin’” changed everything for the band. Not only did it introduce a new sound that made them a legit current band in the ‘80s (something many of their peers were unable to do), it also introduced a new, powerful visual identity. The ZZ Top Eliminator car, the ZZ Top keychain, the ZZ Top girls all debuted here.
2. “Tush” from ‘Fandango!’ (1975)
Dusty Hill’s finest moment as a singer, he said that the song was written in about ten minutes. Sometimes there’s beauty in simplicity.
“La Grange” from ‘Tres Hombres’ (1973)
Owing more than a little to John Lee Hooker’s “Boogie Chillin’” and “Boom Boom,” but hey rock and roll and the blues are all about borrowing and recycling. (ZZ Top were sued - unsuccessfully - by the copyright holder of “Boom Boom”). The song is about… well a whorehouse in La Grange, Texas known as “The Chicken Ranch.” Seriously: the place they wrote about was the basis of the Broadway show ‘The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas!’ And while the guys may have spent some time there, the band never played there. But, four decades later, they did their first concert in La Grange, in 2015.
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ZZ Top has also achieved several chart and album sales feats, including six number-one singles on the Mainstream Rock chart. From the RIAA, ZZ Top has earned four gold, three platinum and two multiple-platinum album certifications, and one diamond album.How many number 1 hits did ZZ Top have? ›
ZZ Top has also achieved several chart and album sales feats, including six number-one singles on the Mainstream Rock chart. From the RIAA, ZZ Top has earned four gold, three platinum and two multiple-platinum album certifications, and one diamond album.What was ZZ Top's biggest selling album? ›
Released on March 23, 1983, ZZ Top's “Eliminator” is the Texas trio's best-selling album, spawning a series of five hit singles that remain some of the group's most-popular songs and live concert staples.What was ZZ Top's first three albums? ›
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|1971||ZZ Top's First Album Release date: January 16, 1971 Label: London Records|
|1972||Rio Grande Mud Release date: April 4, 1972 Label: London Records|
|1973||Tres Hombres Release date: July 26, 1973 Label: London Records||US: Gold CAN: Gold|
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Joe Michael "Dusty" Hill (May 19, 1949 – July 28, 2021) was an American musician who was the bassist of the rock band ZZ Top for more than 50 years. He also sang lead and backing vocals and played keyboards.What is the biggest selling American album of all time? ›
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ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard recalled how he'd spent his first major paycheck, totaling $72,000, on drugs. He said he enjoyed the experience of indulging in LSD and heroin after reaching the big time in 1977, though he admitted it had taken a toll on his life and sent him to rehab in the early '80s.
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Yes, Billy Gibbons made the first ZZ Top single with two different guys, but the Gibbons/Hill/Beard trio has been in place since 1970. That's enough to make ZZ Top the longest-running group with an unchanged line-up in the entire history of popular music.
At first, he combined the two names of his heroes and came up with: Z.Z. King. But he realized that the name was too similar to the blues player's original name. On second thought, Gibbons decided that a “king is going to the top.” So, he landed finally on ZZ Top. The rest is history.Who was the only member of the band ZZ Top that didn t have a long beard? ›
Today I found out the only member of ZZ Top that doesn't have a beard is Frank Beard. Beard is the drummer for ZZ Top and former band member of the Cellar Dwellers, The Hustlers, The Warlocks, and American Blues. ZZ Top was originally formed in 1969, in Houston Texas.What year was ZZ Top most popular? ›
Throughout the late 1970s and early '80s, ZZ Top's albums enjoyed consistent commercial success, and Eliminator (1983) turned them into international superstars.Who is the only member of ZZ Top without a? ›
He golfs, and is known locally for participation in tournaments and community events. Beard was long known as the only member of ZZ Top not to have a beard, but he grew a short one in 2013.Which is the most hit song of all time? ›
According to Guinness World Records, Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" (1942) as performed by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single worldwide, with estimated sales of over 50 million copies.What is the most listened to song ever? ›
As of April 2023, "Blinding Lights" by Canadian singer the Weeknd is the most-streamed song of all time on Spotify, while "Dance Monkey" by Australian singer-songwriter Tones and I is the most-streamed song by a female artist.What is the #1 one hit wonder? ›
Perhaps unsurprisingly, British rock band The Beatles are top of the list for best-selling artists worldwide, with 183 million units certified sales. Second is Garth Brooks with over 157 million units sales, followed by Elvis Presley with 139 million units.What is the #1 song in America? ›
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DK: I noticed that ZZ Top's songs are credited to you, Dusty and Frank. Can you describe the band's songwriting process? Would one of you bring in an idea, and then the band would help develop that idea?Who has the most octave voice? ›
Mike Patton's octave range
He has one of the widest known ranges for any singer, with a full 6 octaves.
Madonna is recognized by Guinness World Records as the "Best-selling female recording artist of all time".Who has most diamond albums? ›
Garth Brooks is the artist with the most diamond albums.Who has the number 1 album in America? ›
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What sets ZZ Top apart from other blues/R&B bands – then and now – is fourfold: tunes (they wrote genuinely memorable songs); groove (so much funkier than the average blues band); humour (married to lyrics steeped in the imagery of their beloved Texas home state); and the perfect tone and phrasing of Billy Gibbons' ...Who was ZZ Top influenced by? ›
One of the most enduring bands in American history, ZZ Top has always drawn from a long list of influences — from BB King (co-frontman Billy F Gibbons' idol since he met the legend at age seven) to modern hip-hop artists based in Houston, like DJ Screw, who influenced the band's last release, La Futura.
Nearly as well-known as their music is the group's biker-frontiersmen image: ZZ Top is almost always pictured wearing sunglasses (a nod to their 1979 song “Cheap Sunglasses”), Gibbons and Hill (the singing frontmen) wearing similar if not matching black clothing (usually biker leathers), black cowboy hats or ball caps.Who was the loudest rock band? ›
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Known as the fastest band in the world, Grammy-nominated extreme power metal band DragonForce is based in London, England.Did Elvis meet ZZ Top? ›
The members of ZZ Top have long been admirers of the late Elvis — they previously covered his "Jailhouse Rock" — but neither Gibbons, Hill nor drummer Frank Beard (the one without the waist-length beard) ever got to meet with him or play with him.Did ZZ Top ever shave? ›
Guitarists Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill have been wearing the signature look since the late '70s, while the group's drummer, whose name is ironically Frank Beard, prefers to maintain a clean shave. Gibbons recently revealed that he and Hill were once offered $1 million to cut off their facial hair, but they declined.How many drummers did ZZ Top have? ›
ZZ top had only two drummers, Dan Mitchell, who played only for around a year when Frank joined the band and spent five decades with ZZ.Why does Billy Gibbons wear that thing on his head? ›
"I got lucky and upon visiting Cameroon, I got escorted over to see the Bamileke and I was wearing a Texas cowboy hat. And before the chief came around, I got the elbow and they said, 'Hey that's the chief. Give him your hat.Did Frank Beard sing any ZZ Top songs? ›
Sounds like Weird might agree with us that 'A Fool for Your Stockings' takes the prize instead. "This is one of my all-time favorite ZZ Top songs. It's held together so nicely by Frank. The way he holds back and lays it down all at just the right points with finesse and snappy drive is simply awesome!"Has ZZ Top ever had a number-one hit? ›
ZZ Top has also achieved several chart and album sales feats, including six number-one singles on the Mainstream Rock chart. From the RIAA, ZZ Top has earned four gold, three platinum and two multiple-platinum album certifications, and one diamond album.What was ZZ Top's best selling? ›
Released on March 23, 1983, ZZ Top's “Eliminator” is the Texas trio's best-selling album, spawning a series of five hit singles that remain some of the group's most-popular songs and live concert staples.
However, Gibbons did talk about the origins himself in his autobiography, “Rock + Roll Gearhead.” In the book, he says the name came from a concert poster they saw for Z.Z. Hill. They liked it because it sounded like one of their heroes, B.B. King.Who is the richest member of ZZ Top? ›
What is Billy Gibbons' Net Worth? Billy Gibbons is an American musician, producer and actor who has a net worth of $60 million. Billy Gibbons is best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist of the rock band ZZ Top.Who is Billy Gibbons daughter? ›
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William Frederick "Billy" Gibbons (born December 16, 1949) is an American musician, actor, and car customizer. He is known for being in the rock band ZZ Top. Gibbons was born on December 16, 1949 in Houston, Texas.Who has the most #1 hits on the top 100? ›
Though unclear for how long, the Beatles still reign supreme as the artist with the most No. 1 songs of all time.What was ZZ Top's first hit single? ›
Its breakthrough came in 1973 when the single “La Grange,” from Tres Hombres, became a radio hit. Two years later “Tush,” off the hit album Fandango, cracked the top 20 of the Billboard singles chart.Who has more top 100 hits? ›
Artists with most songs in the Billboard Top 100 in the U.S. 2012-2021. During the time period from 2012 to 2021, Drake was the top performer in the charts, with 46 songs in the Billboard Top 100. Ranking in joint second place were Ariana Grande with 22 and Nicki Minaj with 21 songs each.Who has more #1 hits than The Beatles? ›
• Beatles lead Elvis in #1 records
As to be expected, due to his far greater number of total chart entries, Elvis has the advantage over The Beatles in most performance categories. Presley placed 102 titles in Billboard's top 40, while The Beatles had 50 entries that made it that far up the chart.
Michael Jackson's Thriller, estimated to have sold 70 million copies worldwide, is the best-selling album ever. Jackson also currently has the highest number of albums on the list with five, Celine Dion has four, while the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Madonna and Whitney Houston each have three.Who has had a #1 hit every decade? ›
Cher's career as a recording artist spans seven decades and she is the only artist to have a number-one single on a Billboard chart in each of the past six decades.
Most cumulative weeks at No. 1
- The Beatles (132)
- Elvis Presley (67)
- Taylor Swift (60)
- Garth Brooks (52)
- Michael Jackson (51)
- The Kingston Trio (46) (tie)
- Whitney Houston (46) (tie)
- Adele (40)
On April 23, 1988 (32 years ago today), Whitney's incredible record of being the only artist with seven consecutive #1 singles was set as the song “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” reached the top of Billboard Hot 100 after nine weeks.Who has the most #1 hits solo? ›
1 singles by a solo artist. Mariah Carey (USA) has topped the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on 19 different occasions.Is Billy Gibbons a good guitarist? ›
Billy Gibbons is simultaneously a classic blues guitarist and a rock innovator. That's a sure-fire sign of greatness.Who sang most of the songs in ZZ Top? ›
Joe Michael "Dusty" Hill (May 19, 1949 – July 28, 2021) was an American musician who was the bassist of the rock band ZZ Top for more than 50 years. He also sang lead and backing vocals and played keyboards.Who does most of the singing in ZZ Top? ›
Gibbons tended to be the focus of attention: he was the guitarist; he took most of the lead vocals; he was the band's great and delightful eccentric. But Hill, who died in his sleep aged 72, was just as important.Who has written the most #1 songs? ›
Paul McCartney (32) and John Lennon (26), of The Beatles, rank first and second, respectively, for having written the most Hot 100 No.Has anyone ever had all top 10 songs? ›
Taylor Swift has once again made music history by claiming every single top 10 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 chart at once. No other artist has ever held all 10 spots at the same time, according to Billboard.