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.

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.

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.

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.

5 Revenge

Their heaviest album and one of those with 0 bad tracks on it (like their first album and Creatures), it slows down when it needs too and goes back to kick you in the teeth. 11/11

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.

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.

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.

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..."

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.

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.

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!

13 Asylum

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

You wanted the best?
This is the best!

14 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

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!

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.

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.

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 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...

22 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.

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 got songs like Betrayed, King of Hearts, Rise To It, and my two personal favorites You Love Me To Hate You and Silver Spoon. This album deserves to at the very least in one of the top three spots. It's about time this album gets recognized.

24 Unplugged

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

25 Paul Stanley
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