Eliminator Songs Ranked

Eliminator is the eighth studio album by American rock band ZZ Top. It was released on March 23, 1983, by Warner Bros. Records, and rose high on the charts in many countries. Four hit singles were released—”Gimme All Your Lovin'” which reached the American Top 40, “Sharp Dressed Man”, “TV Dinners” and “Legs”. A Diamond certified album in the United States, Eliminator is ZZ Top’s most commercially successful release, with sales of 20 million worldwide. The video for “Legs” earned the band the MTV Video Music Award for Best Group. Rolling Stone named Eliminator number 398 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It was listed at number 39 in The 100 Greatest Albums of the 80s. A remastered version was released in 2008. Here are all of the Eliminator songs ranked.

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11. I Got the Six

“Another harder-edged song is “I Got the Six”. This song almost has an “Arena/Hard Rock” quality to it. Gibbons’ guitar shines again on that track.”

10. Thug

“The track “Thug” is a very interesting one. This is probably the most “80s” sounding Synth-Pop track. It’s not a bad song, but it’s not a great one. It’s definitely something different by ZZ Top.”

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9. If I Could Only Flag Her Down

“If I Could Only Flag Her Down” is another very strong track (possibly the second strongest). On this track, ZZ Top employs a classic Southern Rock style Blues style.”

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8. Dirty Dog

“Dirty Dog” is another Blues-laden track, but this one has a harder rock edge to this song. One of my fave straight-ahead rockers that never gets a mention,

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7. Bad Girl

“The album closes with “Bad Girl” with Hill once again doing the lead vocal, it’s just average rock ‘n’ roll.It works on several different levels, and it works well. On the surface it is a great collection of catchy pop songs. I can dance to them, hum them, play air guitar to them, shave to them, paint the ceiling to them etc.”

6. I Need You Tonight

“The Blues are still present on many tracks. In fact, I think ZZ Top is true to their roots and show their strength is still in this area. This will be heard on tracks such as “I Need You Tonight”. This track almost has a Led Zeppelin-like Blues start to it.”

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5. TV Dinners

“Then comes the hilarious “TV Dinners”, a subtle reminder that they’re still in contact with us common folk. Perhaps the best track on the album is “TV Dinners”. This is one of the simplest tracks both musically and lyrically. It is a song about – well, food.”

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4. Got Me Under Pressure

“Another one of my all time favorite ZZ Top songs is ‘Got Me Under Pressure.’ It’s one of their best songs, and definitely the second best song here (besides ‘I Need You Tonight’).”

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3. Legs

“‘Legs’ was a crucial MTV hit for the band; the video was extremely popular. “Legs” is the last outstanding song on the album, it’s full of innuendos & one of their best.”

2. Gimme All Your Lovin’

The album opens with “Gimme All Your Lovin'”, which would be an MTV staple in the early-80’s and continues to receive generous airplay on classic rock radio. ‘Gimme All Your Lovin’ was also a big single for the band, and achieved commercial success.”

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1. Sharp Dressed Man

“This is one hell of a song. With the starting riff, you are already hooked. It gives a jazzy and blues vibe like the rest of their music I recommend this song if you haven’t heard it. With Billy Gibbon’s witty lyrics & a driving beat; one of the Top’s very best songs.”