Sleeping Bag (song)

"Sleeping Bag" is a song performed by the band ZZ Top from their 1985 album Afterburner. The song was released as a single in 1985 and became their most successful single, reaching #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, equaling the peak of their previous single "Legs". However, unlike "Legs", it also reached No. 1 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, a first for the band.

"Sleeping Bag"
Sleeping Bag cover.jpg
Single by ZZ Top
from the album Afterburner
B-side"Party on the Patio"
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard
Producer(s)Bill Ham
ZZ Top singles chronology
"Sleeping Bag"
Music video
"Sleeping Bag" on YouTube

Track listingEdit

7" singleEdit

  1. "Sleeping Bag" - 4:02
  2. "Party on the Patio" - 2:48

12" maxi-singleEdit

  1. "Sleeping Bag (Extended Mix)" - 6:12
  2. "Party on the Patio" - 2:48

Music videoEdit

A music video was made to promote the song. The video revolves around a couple being chased by two wheel loaders and the Bear Foot monster truck.

The video shows the destruction of the "Eliminator" vehicle featured in the videos of the album Eliminator and introduces the space shuttle on the cover of the Afterburner album.

Actors Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and John Dye (Touched by an Angel) appear as the female and male leads.

Directed by Steve Barron. The early scenes in the video inspired the video to the Foo Fighters' "Everlong".


Chart (1985) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report[1] 36
Canadian RPM Top Singles[2] 18
German Singles Chart 40
Irish Singles Chart 14
New Zealand Singles Chart[3] 13
Polish Singles Chart 28
Swedish Singles Chart[3] 13
U.K. Singles Chart 27
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 8
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 41
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Tracks 1

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1985) Position
U.S. Cashbox Top 100 83
Chart (1986) Rank
US Top Pop Singles (Billboard)[4] 80



  1. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  2. ^ "RPM Weekly, Sleeping Bag". Library and Archives Canada.
  3. ^ a b "ZZ TOP - SLEEPING BAG (SONG)".
  4. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc (December 27, 1986). "1986 The Year in Music & Video: Top Pop Singles". Billboard. 98 (52): Y-21.

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