The Best ZZ Top Albums of All Time 

Updated January 30, 2020 1.9k votes 474 voters 14.2k views 15 items

List Rules This list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

Known for being sharply dressed men and their lengthy beards, ZZ Top is considered one of the best rock bands of all time.List of the best ZZ Top albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This ZZ Top discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top ZZ Top albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included ZZ Top singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest ZZ Top album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite ZZ Top album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

While most Top 40 listeners first heard of ZZ Top in 1983 with the release of Eliminator (thanks in part to MTV playing their industry-changing music videos like as “Gimme All Your Lovin,” “Legs,” and “Sharp Dressed Man”), this Houston-based blues trio had been playing honky-tonks and dive bars since 1969.

If you want to know the best ZZ Top album of all time, this list will answer your question. Albums range from the band’s creatively titled studio debut, ZZ Top's First Album (1971), to Recycler (1990) to Tres Hombres (1973). These popular ZZ Top CDs have been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion.


Tres Hombres is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best ZZ Top Albums of All Time
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1. Waitin' for the Bus
2. Jesus Just Left Chicago
3. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers
4. Master of Sparks
5. Hot, Blue and Righteous
6. Move Me on Down the Line
7. Precious and Grace
8. La Grange
9. Shiek
10. Have You Heard?

Release Date: 1973

Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Hard rock, Rock and roll, Southern rock, Boogie rock

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Eliminator is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best ZZ Top Albums of All Time
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1. Gimme All Your Lovin'
2. Got Me Under Pressure
3. Sharp Dressed Man
4. I Need You Tonight
5. I Got the Six
6.  Legs
7. Thug
8. TV Dinners
9. Dirty Dog
10. If I Could Only Flag Her Down
11. Bad Girl
12. Legs
13. Gimme All Your Lovin
14. Sharp Dressed Man
15. I Got the Six
16. TV Dinners
17. Got Me Under Pressure
18. Legs

Release Date: 1983

Genres (Music): Rock music, Blues-rock, New Wave, Hard rock, Pop rock, + more

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Degüello is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best ZZ Top Albums of All Time
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1. I Thank You
2. She Loves My Automobile
3. I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide
4. A Fool for Your Stockings
5. Manic Mechanic

Release Date: 1979

Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Hard rock, Southern rock, Texas blues

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Rio Grande Mud is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best ZZ Top Albums of All Time
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1. Francine
2. Just Got Paid
3. Mushmouth Shoutin'
4. Ko Ko Blue
5. Chevrolet
6. Apologies to Pearly
7. Bar-B-Q
8. Sure Got Cold After the Rain Fell
9. Whiskey'n Mama
10. Down Brownie

Release Date: 1972

Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Hard rock, Southern rock, Boogie rock, Texas blues

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