Stages (song)

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"Stages"
ZZ Top Stages.jpg
Single by ZZ Top
from the album Afterburner
Released1986
Format7-inch, 12-inch
Recorded1985
GenreRock
Length3:32
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard
Producer(s)Bill Ham
ZZ Top singles chronology
"Sleeping Bag"
(1985)
"Stages"
(1986)
"Woke Up with Wood"
(1986)

"Stages" is a song by American rock band ZZ Top. It was released as the second single from their ninth studio album Afterburner (1985). It peaked at number 21 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for two weeks.

Reception[edit]

AllMusic called the song a "terrific post-new wave rocker" and that it is the poppiest thing they ever cut.[1]

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • 7-inch single (United States)[2]
  1. "Stages" – 3:32
  2. "Can't Stop Rockin'" – 3:01
  • 12-inch single (United States)[3]
  1. "Stages" (extended version) – 5:05
  2. "Stages" – 3:32
  3. "Hi Fi Mama" – 2:22

Charts[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 63
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 23
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 40
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 43
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 21
US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks (Billboard)[9] 1

Personnel[edit]

Credits for "Stages" adapted from Afterburner album liner notes.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "ZZ Top Afterburner review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  2. ^ Stages (liner notes). ZZ Top. Warner Bros. 1985. 7-28810.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ Stages (liner notes). ZZ Top. Warner Bros. 1985. 0-20431.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, New South Wales: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ "Irish singles positions" (To access, enter the search parameter "ZZ Top" in the "Search by Artist" field). Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved May 9, 2013.
  6. ^ "Charts.nz – ZZ Top – Stages". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved May 9, 2013.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 9, 2013.
  8. ^ "ZZ Top Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 9, 2013.
  9. ^ "ZZ Top – Chart History: Mainstream Rock Tracks". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 9, 2013.
  10. ^ Afterburner (liner notes). ZZ Top. Warner Bros. Records. 1985. WX 27.CS1 maint: others (link)