Top 10 KISS Albums

The Top Ten
1 Destroyer

The First KISS album, Dressed To Kill, KISS Alive 1, Rock'n'Roll Over, Creatures and Lick It Up are the best albums over all. Love Gun, Hotter Than Hell and Dynasty have great songs on them but they also have some filler tunes, so I rate these albums a bit lower. The Elder is very under-rated. Crazy Nights is mostly cheese and Revenge is over-rated. Carnival Of Souls is under-rated. Paul Stanley has always been the best songwriter in KISS, though Gene has a lot of great tunes and Ace wrote a handful of great tunes. Peter never wrote a great song.

This is definitely the greatest KISS album out there. There are 20 studio albums & I like most of the ones from the first album to the mid-80s, then most from the mid-90s to their newest one from 2012. There are 10 live albums & all of their live albums are great to me.

Obvious #1
Other top 5 are hard to number. You cannot put Studio and Live in the same list. An
apples and oranges comparison. Everybody has a different opinion. 2 thru 7
because, Revenge, Animalize, Psycho Circus, Dynasty and Elder. Die hard fan since '77
Also Kiss/Kiss receives special mention.

Great album with lots of dynamics and interesting takes on well known themes. DRC is just wicked, listen to the bass lines and the drum track - superb groove!

2 Creatures of the Night

I love all KISS albums but this is by far my favorite. It has everything you could ask for in a rock/metal band. Heavy riffs, powerful vocals, melodies for days, great guitar solos (some fast some more melodic and with feel), drums so heavy it will kick you in the teeth, and catchy hooks good enough for any AOR station.

I love how dark this album is but at the same time it somehow is a feel good album too (Keep Me Comin', I Love It Loud, War Machine)...I guess it's that take no crap attitude that makes you feel empowered and positive. in my humble opinion this is the best drum sound KISS or any rock band has ever recorded and the best vocals I have heard Paul or Gene sing (although Gene steps it up on Lick It Up). This is the album I show when I want to get people into KISS.

The most unfortunate timing in the history of rock (OK, maybe an exaggeration). Had this album been released after Love Gun, when KISS peaked, this would have been a blockbuster. I don't think there's another KISS album that's even close. Too bad so few people actually listened to it.

Without any doubt, this is their best album. Not a weak track on the entire album and every song rocks with authority. This was the first KISS album I ever purchased so as far as I'm concerned everything was downhill from Creatures of the Night.

Oh my goodness. This isn't just the best KISS album ever made, I'm gonna say it's the best album of all time. It reinvented KISS's lost sound after 3 unsuccessful albums. Although it's probably overlooked my many, it has the best song ever conceived by mankind: I STILL LOVE YOU

3 Kiss

The best Debutalbum of oll time and the best Album of their whole career! It's just sick appearing out of nothing with songs like Strutter, Nothing To Loose, Firehouse, Cold Gin, Let Me Know, Deuce, 100,000Years, Black Diamond! Just try to write a piece of history like this on your first attempt. KISS!

Totaly underrated, Virtually ignored when released, "Kiss" is an exciting debut album from the soon-to-be superstars. While their image screamed glam, the music has a low-budget, garage-band charm that works wonders.

This is totally number one. Strutted, nothing to lose, firehouse, cold gin, deuce, 100,000 years, black diamond. The best kiss album EVER. Hands down everything said number one.

Think about it. Cold Gin, Firehouse, Strutter, Deuce, nothing to loose, Black Diamond... How can this album not be the greatest.

4 Love Gun

I LOVE LOVE GUN! I don't know its something about Paul Stanley
Singing about his "love gun" that makes me love this album just a tad bit more than the others, just kidding ;)

This album is everything that KISS is about, we get vocals from all four members, Peter on hooligan, Ace on Shock me, Paul on Love gun and Gene on christine sixteen!

I mean every song on this kicks ass! And don't forget the awesome cover art! Just spectacular! #1

I love the destroyer album but I think love gun is number one... I mean were all kiss fans right? I mean listen to the starting song, THAT GUITAR and then paul stanley yells "alright! ", it pumps all kiss fans up.

Second-best of the studio-offerings, after 'KISS': seven satisfying tracks and maybe, with some extra effort, something about like a 70s-Rock-"Sgt. Pepper",...

Second-best offering following 'KISS': seven satisfying tracks, with a bit of extra-effort maybe something about like a 70s-Rock-'Sgt. Pepper'...

5 Revenge

Probably one of their hardest and best albums. Unholy, Spit, Paralyzed, Heart of Chrome Great songs and that's only 1/4 of the album. Also, The Great ERIC CARR's one & only recorded drum solo. Great stuff. #1

I have this and I love it. The best hits in my opinion- Unholy, Take It Off and God Gave Rock and Roll to You.

I love every song on this album. Very underrated I feel it should be top 5.

Perhaps the most underrated KISS album of the entire discography.

6 Rock and Roll Over

After Alive! captured the best of the first three studio albums in stronger fashion, and the Destoyer experiment resulted in some of their most memorable songs, Kiss took another chance by recording this studio album "live" in a vacant hall. This underrated album was a return to the basic raw power of Alive! and gave us such classics as Calling Dr. Love, Mr. Speed, Hard Luck Woman, and Making Love. Ace's short, killer guitar solos stand out, as do Peter's drums (listen to the end of Makin' Love).

The momentum builds after the release of "Destroyer" and this is a band at the high of their powers. Packed to the brim of their best songs. Gene singing "Love 'em and leave 'em" jumps from the starting gates and slams down one of his best songs. The true legendary era is in full flight, and then came the T-shirts stickers, Kiss action cards, posters et al. What a great time.

Man, when they had the mystique about them, they were awesome. They've put out some good stuff even into the 90s and 2000s but in the seventies when they were still "dangerous" this probably is one of their best. Some really kick as songs on this album. Great next album after Alive.

I can't believe that Revenge is rated so high. It doesn't have the sound that made KISS great. Most of Revenge sounds like Zombie or Manson, really heavy metal. Their best albums are 1-R&R Over 2-Dressed to Kill 3-KISS 4-Destroyer 5-Creature's of the Night.

7 Dressed to Kill

1. Dressed to Kill 2. Destroyer 3. KISS 4. Rock and Roll Over 5. Love Gun 6. Creatures of the NIght 7. Hotter Than Hell 8. Unmasked 9. Crazy Nights 10. Paul Stanley 11. Dynasty 12. Ace Frehley 13. Sonic Boom 14. Asylum 15. Music From the Elder 16. Animalize 17. Lick It Up 18. Revenge 19 Monster 20 Peter Criss 21. Hot In the Shade 22. Psycho Circus 23. Gene Simmons 24. Carnival of Souls

Kiss was every bit as good here as they were on Alive. They were a solid band. Much of it was written on the fly to fill the 30 min album. A Kiss rocker.

This album has too many good songs to be ranked 10th. It should be no lower than 7th.

Come on! This album has "Rock and Roll all Nite"

8 Alive!

I know I'm in the minority on this but I think this is the best kiss album and here's why: prior to this album release Kiss weren't really selling a lot of albums but their live shows were selling out. You really had to see them live to fully appreciate them. The pyrotechnics, the elaborate stage set up and costumes. With this release you really got a sense of the energy at their shows and their fan base exploded. All their hits at the time were on this album. A massive drum solo and the sound of the crowd was all part of it. Still the best intro ever in "you want the best you got the best..."

Still my fave live album. Perfect match between NYC sound and classic rock plus all the songs sound so much better and more vital than the studio versions. Simply Unique!

This is the best Kiss Album Ever! And has remainded a top 10 ten of mine for 30 years! Owned it on vinal, have it on CD and now its on the Ipod.

A selection of the best early Kiss songs. Rocks out.

9 Hotter Than Hell

I love the raw feel of this album. In terms of recording, this was Kiss' rawest record. It produced Parasite and Going' Blind. Even the more "filler" songs (Comin' Home, All The Way) now sound like Kiss classics. They haven't been played out and sound better than they sounded Then. Great album

I've heard Destrpyer many times and I'm convinced that it's vastly overrated. This one has my favourite track Parasite and together with the title track and the great other album tracks makes this the best with the debut coming in a close second.

Should be in the top 5, it's better than dressed to kill and crazy night and love gun in my opinion

10 Lick It Up

Are you kidding me this should be in the top 3 with their big hits Lick It Up and All Hell's Breaking Loose. What about Eric Carr's great vocals.

Great album fer sure, kiss demonstrating a new lease on life.

Hows music from the elder above this? That's there worst album!

The Contenders
11 Dynasty

I know it's not a popular opinion but this is my favorite Kiss album. The disco label is an uneducated, lazy statement. This album mixes elements of hard rock and funk with touches of punk with Kiss sleaze. This is their most unique album and it is painfully underrated. 2,000 man is a great Stones cover, Sure Know Something is hooky as hell and the list goes on. Every song is good.

I don't care if you admit it or not. I am a true KISS fan and a true kiss fan should know that I Was made for lovin' you is their biggest song, not Detroit Rock City, not Love Gun or other song.

This album wasn't that bad. I was listening to it the other day and could not understand what all the negative press was about. It only has a nice flow to it. Way better than Revenge.

Not my favorite KISS album but why is it stuck at 11? Although this album has a definite disco feel to it, it does have some great songs, ie (2000 man, I was made for...) Fans of a certain age all had this album and I think it sold really well so I'm at a loss as to why it has such a low ranking.

12 Animalize

Heavens On fire! I've had enough (into the fire! Thrills in the night!
Not to mention the wailing vocals of Paul Stanley, the grooving bass of Gene Simmons, the pounding drums of Eric Carr and the electrifying guitar of Mark St. John!
Animalize contains some of the best KISS songs and some of the best songs of all time!

Heavens on fire!

13 Music from The Elder

Definitely one of the best albums in terms of creativity. I never understood the Malice and mockery it received when it came out. If this album would have been released by any other band it would have been hailed as a masterpiece. Kiss weren't allowed to create such artistry. Just a boy and Odyssey are proof that Paul Stanley is a great singer. Only you and Under the Rose are just epic.

Very underrated album great songwriting and some really great tracks like the oath 'mr. blackwell as the instrumental escape from the island by ace. It was bad timing after releasing dynasty and unmasked I guess

This album was always rated as one of the worst, if not the worst in the bands history. To me, it wasn't that bad but still not a top 10 album.

Although it's totally different from all kiss albums, this conceptual album is an oddity by itself. Great story, music and line.

14 Asylum

The best Kiss album in my opinion. A true 80s classic.

You wanted the best?
This is the best!

15 Alive II

Great album! Great live album that summarized the very best of KISS' early career! Best image of Gene ever on the cover!

I love this fake live!

16 Crazy Nights

Paul Stanley's vocals were amazing on this album. People say Kiss followed the trends during this era. I say people were just copying Kiss. Crazy Night's is the best. Turn on the Night, My Way, Crazy Crazy Night's, Reason to Live, Hell or High Water, I'll Fight Hell to Hold You are all amazing Kiss songs. And the cover is cool too with the broken glass and the blue background.

I don't think this is the best KISS album, but I definitely don't think it's the worst studio album they made. Crazy Crazy Nights, I'll Fight Hell To Hold You, My Way, Reason To Live. and Turn On The Night are all really good songs. So what if they wanted to fit in with the trend, but they did a good job of it.

I have never understood why this album gets so much grief. Ok so they caved in and made a commercial album and modified their sound but this album rocks and It is the sign of a great band that can adapt its style to suit.

I love this album!
It's my "reason to live"!

17 Psycho Circus

This album should be much higher. It is there best slbum since Lick it up. Physio Circus is there most epic song in decades. This album has aged far better than most of their albums. Should be top 10 easy. This albums has lots of different textures in it. There is always a song to suit your mood. A great car album.

18 Unmasked

It may not be their best album, I would place it around 13. It does have some really catchy pop tunes. Talk to me, What makes the world go round, Naked City and Easy as it seems are 4 solid songs. Unlike a lot of other bands that folded during the disco era, they adapted extremely well. My favorite is Rock and Roll Over. My worst of the studio albums is Crazy Nights.

This record is a straight-up power-pop classic

Don't let anyone, even members of the band tell you different,

This is a top 3 KISS record,

For all their Genre hoping THIS is the record that truley reflects their influences and I belive is the TRUE sound of KISS, right up there with Destroyer, it's really that good.

This album is unbelievably fun from start to finish and not to mention has some extremely powerful songs as well like Naked City and Tomorrow, great album from a great band.

This album may have not had the KISS sound but it is full of catchy pop songs. It should be ranked in the 12-15 range.

19 Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions

Hate, Rain, Childhood's End, I Will Be There, I Walk Alone,. This Hits is very grunge influence, It's The Great Album, but not very sold

20 Ace Frehley
21 Monster

An excellent album for legends to put out 40 years after their 1st. Competes and in most cases is better than anything put by bands 30 years younger than them.

Love this album. Kiss being Kiss.

22 Sonic Boom

Great throwback feel in all the songs and really good songs that are catchy as hell. Who cares if Ace and Peter aren't on this, it sounds better the more you listen. For sure top 10 material!

Third-best of the regular studio-releases, after 'KISS', following 'Love Gun'; predominantly in exact 70s-style and packed with memorable offerings - thirty-two years on from the last original record {! }, band in no way sounding exhausted; thus surely recommended...

Third-best of the regular studio releases, after 'KISS', following then 'Love Gun'; predominantly in exact 70s-style and packed with memorable offerings - in no way band sounding exhausted, thirty-two years on from the last original longplaying record {! }, thus surely recommended...

An album that gets better with age. Highly recommended.

23 Hot in the Shade

This is the hardest vote I ever had to make on these sights. I've been a die hard Kiss fan since 1988 when I was 11 years old after being introduced to Smashes, Thrashes, and Hits (which I still love till this day) I now know the band very well especially there music. But for me to vote for their best album at this point in the game is extraoidinarily tough for me, like I said I know all their albums very well. Even though Dressed to Kill is very impressive (especially Two Timer), Unmasked is great from start to finish, (Naked City being my personal favorite from that album), Dynasty being an unbelievable album considering X-Ray Eye's and Charisma is from Dynasty, Lick It Up tends to be my favorite most times, ya gotta love Not for the Innocent, and Crazy Nights is also a truly impressive album, my heart tells me I gotta go with Hot in the Shade, for the simple reason that it doesn't get enough recognition when it is a truly great album of monumental proportions. Think about it you've ...more

The flow of the album is questionable but Hot In The Shade was an album that combined both Kiss of the 80's and 70's to impress the Kiss Army whom were scared of losing the soul of the band for commercial success. Sure the album would have been better if a couple of songs were cut but for Kiss's longest album it certainly did justice to the Kiss brand. Looking at the songs there's the loud arena rocking album opener of Rise To It, the smash hit ballad Forever, Betrayed (a song which see's Gene back to his writing best) and Eric Carr's first (and only) vocal duties on a studio album in the second last track Little Caesar. Love's A Slap In The Face for myself is a favourite but many songs on Hot In The Shade are easy to skip but should be fairly listened to when trying to form an opinion on the album. Hot In The Shade is an enquired taste but like all Kiss albums you have the lovers and the haters and those who lie somewhere between heaven and hell. The fact this is Eric Carr's last ...more

24 Unplugged

After Alive this is their best live album. You won't be disappointed.

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