Rough Boy

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"Rough Boy"
Rough Boy ZZ Top.jpg
Single by ZZ Top
from the album Afterburner
Released 1985
Format 7"
Recorded 1985
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:50 (album version)
3:32 (single version)
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Billy Gibbons
Dusty Hill
Frank Beard
Producer(s) Bill Ham
ZZ Top singles chronology
"Velcro Fly"
"Rough Boy"
"Velcro Fly"
"Rough Boy"

"Rough Boy" was the third single by American rock band ZZ Top from their 1985 album Afterburner. The song reached No. 5 on the Album Rock Tracks chart and No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as No. 23 in the UK Top 40. Unlike the other songs on the album, this song has a much slower tempo and is more of a power ballad. It also shares a similar, though much slower, tune to their song "Leila" from their album El Loco.

Music video[edit]

The music video (directed by Steve Barron[1]) features the band's "Eliminator" car/space shuttle hybrid (from the Afterburner album cover) visiting a space car wash, interspersed with images of the band members' hands and faces, as well as a woman's legs, protruding from metal plates, some of which double as lighted message signs or crosswalk signals.


Chart (1985) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 22
US Billboard Album Rock Tracks 5
Dutch Singles Chart 81
French Singles Chart 22
Polish Singles Chart[2] 12
Swiss Singles Chart 38
UK Singles Chart 23



  1. ^ "ZZ Top - 'Rough boy'". (video). ASG. 1998–2017. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  2. ^ "Polish Singles Chart |".